The Pear Orchard Opera originated in the 11th century in Quanzhou. In terms
of its language, music, history, tone, and aesthetic presentation, the Pear
Orchard Opera with a history of more than 800 years is considered a living
fossil of the ancient Southern Opera for its preservation of many time-honored
dramas, music and stage idioms of Southern Local Operas from the Song, Yuan and
Ming dynasties (960-1644).