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Daoqing Artist in Jinhua
Post Time: 05/01/2018

Along the side of the Wujiang River

At the foot of Beishan Mountain

Is the picturesque scenery…


From Jinhua Fujiu Bistro comes the beautiful singing. Yang Julan, a Daoqing artist in Jinhua, is performing a song called “Girl of Camellia.”

Daoqing is one of the traditional folk operas in China. It is one of the five famous local operas in Zhejiang, with a history of more than 300 years. Originating from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Daoqing began to be recognized as a kind of opera in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). In Jinhua, it became popular during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In 2008, Daoqing was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage.

“Many young people tell me that they want to learn Daoqing. I’m delighted to see that young people are still interested in this old folk art,” said Yang. Once she was invited to teach Daoqing to primary students at Jindong Experimental Primary School. “I do hope these kids love Daoqing and love the traditional culture in Jinhua.”

Nowadays, the government is calling the people to “seek the roots of Chinese culture,” aiming to rejuvenate traditional folk arts. However, in Yang’s opinion, petition and publicity is not enough; the traditional art itself has to innovate, so as to keep pace with the changing modern society. (By Cai Wenjie, translated by Li Ziyi, edited by Kendra Fiddler)


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