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Beijing Opera is the best known of the many regional styles of opera in China. It is a highly refined art form, which developed during the Qing dynasty, and employs symbolism in gestures, make-up, and even language.

Link: This unit links to The Arts area of study, unit Arts and Artists in China, item 6, and to the Social Sciences area of study, unit Half the Sky, item 7, which offer students opportunities to contrast Tibetan and Yuju opera styles with Beijing Opera.

1. Empty fort strategy

Refer to the Literature area of study, unit The Art of War, item 1.

2. Yang Zirong seized on the issue

Refer to the Literature area of study, unit The Art of War, item 2.

3. Mei Lanfang learning the Beijing Opera arts

Refer to The Arts area of study, unit Artists in Training, item 3.

4. Harmony between General and Minister

Refer to the Social Sciences area of study, unit The Historian’s Vocation, item 4.

5. A moving opera performance

This refers to one of Gai Jiaotian’s touching performances in the Lion Pavilion (狮子楼).

Text: 《一次感人的京剧表演》
Text: www.uq.edu.au/confucius/text-beijing-opera
Resources: www.uq.edu.au/confucius/beijing-opera

Alternative text 1: 《三年级上语文教材图片》
Text: www.xscbs.com.cn/2007-09-04/1188606113062-119.html

Alternative text 2: 《唱脸谱》北师大版第九册第4单元
Text: www.lbx777.com/yw09/b_clp/clp.htm

Animation (rar format): 《动画素材: 第二十六课:一次感人的京剧表演》 www.xscbs.com.cn/dhsc5/index.html


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