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Beijing Opera and the community

The nice thing about the opera on at Ting Kok village is that it feels very much like an informal affair with the emphasis on everyone just having a good time. During the few days that the performances happen, alot of families from Ting Kok village, who have migrated to the UK or The Netherlands usually return for the Chinese New Year celebrations. Its therefore a good time for them all to catch up and so the shows are interlaced with people meeting old friends and family members.

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The performers seem to have a laugh as well, and during their down time are simply round the back of the stage relaxing with a round of cards, or practising a few moves.

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I always thought it was the older generation who prolonged the art, but there were clearly younger performers, with their full face paint on, and normal casual clothes (baseball jacket) sitting around.


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