Video essay

Living heritage of Hong Kong

Chinese opera stars celebrate its beauty and diversity

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 February, 2015, 6:52am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 February, 2015, 8:02pm

There are more than 300 genres, or performing styles, in Chinese opera, but only three are on Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: Kunqu, Peking Opera and Cantonese Opera. They are also the most popular among Hong Kong audiences and are performed throughout the year in the city. To celebrate the beauty and diversity of this traditional art form, Chinese opera veterans Liza Wang Ming-chun, Law Ka-ying and Tang Yuen-ha explain the distinct characteristics of Cantonese Opera, Peking Opera and kunqu; what makes each so special and why Hong Kong continues to play an important role in their conservation and development. 

Kevin Kwong