Inundaciones dejan al menos 12 muertos en suroeste de China

Al menos 12 personas mueren y otras 10 están desaparecidas después de las fuertes lluvias registradas en la provincia de Sichuan, en el suroeste de China, informan autoridades de la región

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US-born panda Bei Bei arrives in new China home | AFP

The US-born giant panda Bei Bei has arrived in southwestern China after a 16-hour flight, with plenty of bamboo for him to munch on as he settled into his new home. The four-year-old cub, whose name means “precious, treasure” in Mandarin, appeared to be contentedly eating and ambling around his new cage at a research centre in Sichuan province.

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The Peony Pavilion is a 1998 production by Peter Sellars, in a mix of Chinese and English translation, of the Ming Dynasty play The Peony Pavilion.

Part One is an avant-garde staging of the traditional Kunqu form of Chinese opera’s staging of the play, which is how the play is usually performed in China. Part Two is a specially-composed two-hour opera by Tan Dun, mixing Chinese and western forms and instruments.

Kun opera or Kunqu Opera, is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. It evolved from the Kunshan melody, and dominated Chinese theatre from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The style originated in the Wu cultural area. It is listed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2001.

Kunqu singing techniques are said to have been developed during the Ming Dynasty by Wei Liangfu in the port of Taicang, but linked to the songs of nearby Kunshan. Kunqu performance is closely inter-related with the performance of many other styles of Chinese musical theatre, including Peking opera, which contains much Kunqu repertoire. The emergence of chuanqi plays, commonly sung to Kunqu, is said to have ushered in a “second Golden Era of Chinese drama”. Kunqu troupes experienced a commercial decline in the late 19th century. However, in the early 20th century, Kunqu was re-established by philanthropists as a theatrical genre that was subsequently subsidised by the Communist state. Like all traditional forms, Kunqu suffered setbacks both during the Cultural Revolution and again under the influx of Western culture during the Reform and Opening Up policies, only to experience an even greater revival in the new millennium. Today, Kunqu is performed professionally in seven Mainland Chinese major cities: Beijing (Northern Kunqu Theatre), Shanghai (Shanghai Kunqu Theatre), Suzhou (Suzhou Kunqu Theatre), Nanjing (Jiangsu Province Kunqu Theatre), Chenzhou (Hunan Kunqu Theatre), Yongjia County/Wenzhou (Yongjia Kunqu Theatre) and Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province Kunqu Theatre), as well as in Taipei. Non-professional opera societies are active in many other cities in China and abroad, and opera companies occasionally tour.

There are many plays that continue to be famous today, including The Peony Pavilion and The Peach Blossom Fan, which were originally written for the Kunqu stage. In addition, many classical Chinese novels and stories, such as Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Water Margin and Journey to the West were adapted very early into dramatic pieces.

Its melody or tune is one of the Four Great Characteristic Melodies in Chinese opera.

In 2006, Zhou Bing acted as Producer and Art Director for KunQu (Kun Opera) of Sexcentenary. It won Outstanding Documentary Award of 24th China TV Golden Eagle Awards; It won Award of TV Art Features of 21st Starlight Award for 2006.

Filmed by Sichuan radio and television (SRT) as part of a joint project launched by RT360 and Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

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Life among the ruins: Chinese village 10 years after quake

The tiny hamlet of Radish Village in China’s southwest is one of several in Sichuan province that decided to preserve the destruction as a memorial to the disaster that left 87,000 people dead or missing when it struck on May 12, 2008. But there is one major difference: among the debris in Radish Village, life goes on.

China quake survivors relive trauma for tourists in city ruins

As China prepares for the 10-year anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, a team of around 200 people carry out the physically and emotionally draining work of preserving the broken buildings of Beichuan, a small city that has been frozen in time since May 12, 2008, when the 7.9-magnitude earthquake left 87,000 people dead or missing across the province.

Flintstones of the XXI century: Couple lives in cave for 54 years

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Over half a century ago husband and wife Liang Zi Fu and Li Su Ying moved into a cave high in the mountains near Nanchong, in China’s Sichuan province.

The couple chose to live in the cave because of a lack of affordable housing, and have remained at the location for the past 54 years, growing their own food on nearby farmland, and drinking spring water and catching wild boar.

Liang Zi Fu and Li Su Ying raised four children in the cave, and despite authorities’ attempts to get them to move into contemporary housing, the couple refuse – saying they have gotten used to the cave, which boasts three bedrooms as well as a kitchen and a living room.

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