As one of the birthplaces of Chinese operas, Shanxi has produced many great playwrights for past generations. Opera stages are scattered in villages and towns, and opera relics are abundant in the province. Shanxi has been praised as the “hometown of Chinese Opera Arts”. In particular, Linfen in South Shanxi was a fertile land for the development of the opera in Song and Yuan Dynasties due to its prosperous economy and advanced culture. The colorful opera relics and the enduring opera arts can still be appreciated by today’s people.
An ancient stage for Shanxi Opera
Yuan drama, emerged from the Song Dynasty and matured in the Yuan Dynasty, is the milestone of Chinese opera. Since then, Chinese opera became a new discipline of arts and a treasure in the world’s ancient civilization.
A young female Shangdang Bangzi player
Leather silhouette show of Xiaoyi
A silhouetted cart of traditional Xiaoyi shadow play