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Chao Opera


Sort£ºTraditional Opera


Serial No.£º¢ô-4

Declarer£ºShantou and Chaozhou cities, Guangdong Province

Chao Opera, also called "Chaozhou Opera," is a local opera performed in the Chaozhou dialect with a history over 430 years. It is popular in the Chao'an and Shantou regions of Guangdong Province, in the southern area of Fujian Province and in Taiwan where people speak the Chaozhou dialect. It is also performed in Chinese communities in other countries of Southeast Asia.

Based on the folk dances and ballad singing of the Chaozhou region, it formed its own style under the influence of Southern Opera, one of the oldest Chinese operas that originated in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
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