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China Daily / 2020-02 / 14 / Page017

Shanghai Opera still resounds across time

By HE QI in Shanghai | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-02-14 00:00

Shanghai Opera Art Festival's closing ceremony in December was staged in a venue befitting the art form's legacy-a century-old mansion known as Beudin House in Shanghai's Xuhui district.

The mansion was built in 1919. It was once owned by Kuomintang general Bai Chongxi. The building was later used as a restaurant before becoming the Shanghai Huju Opera Theater, which opened in December.

"Shanghai Opera, or huju, is a representative of Shanghai culture. So, many of its scenes and stories take place in shikumen, or old mansions like this," theater head Mao Shanyu says.

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