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China's top political advisor watches Peking Opera classic

08-29-2010 10:16 BJT

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin on Friday watched a classical Peking Opera show along with other audience in Beijing.

Jia Qinglin (R, front), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), who is also a memeber of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, shakes hands with the actors and actresses after watching the Peking opera named "Female Warriors of the Yang Family" in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 28, 2010. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Jia Qinglin (R, front), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese 
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), who is also a memeber of the 
Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central 
Committee, shakes hands with the actors and actresses after watching the Peking 
opera named "Female Warriors of the Yang Family" in Beijing, capital of China, 
Aug. 28, 2010. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

The opera "Women General of Yang Family", which was staged at the Mei Lanfang Theatre, starred three generations of artists with the China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC).

The opera, set against the backdrop of warfares in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), eulogizes the patriotism demonstrated in Yang Family's battle against the invading Liao Kingdom and Western Xia Kingdom.

The CNPOC created and rehearsed the opera in 1959, which was later widely believed to have marked a milestone for the development of Peking Opera with a history of nearly 200 years.

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