Photographer's Note

When you saw this photo, how many of you thought this was Beijing Opera? How many thought as Chinese Opera? How many really know the difference between the one and the other?

Until recently, I hardly knew the difference. For me, Beijing Opera and Chinese Opera were the same thing. Even now, I know there are variants, but in cases as this one, still cannot tell what the difference is.

So basically all I can say is that Beijing Opera is Chinese Opera, but Chinese Opera is not necessarily Beijing Opera. The style on this photo is characteristic of Kunshan (a city in the province of Zhejiang, near Shanghai), and therefore the name KUNJU (meaning KUNshan Opera, like BeiJING Opera is known as JingJu). The character in which the city is known marks the style.

I am counting this not to be the only photo, since in the next days or me or another TE member (colorpw, who came to travel with me) may upload another one. Then the note will continue about this play in particular:p

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