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Elaborate makeup and costumes from 18th century art form brought back to life in Beijing

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Peking opera performers use their mobile phones backstage during the closing ceremony of the first young Peking Opera Actors' Arena contest in Beijing, Sept. 16.

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Peking opera performers preparing backstage during the closing ceremony of the first young Peking Opera Actors' Arena contest in Beijing, Sept. 16.

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A Peking opera performer backstage during the closing ceremony of the first young Peking Opera Actors' Arena contest in Beijing on Sept. 16 Young Peking opera actors from all over the country perform during the closing ceremony of the first young Peking Opera Actors' Arena contest which aims to rejuvenate the traditional cultural art form. Peking Opera or Beijing Opera is a traditional Chinese theatre art that arose in the late 18th century that was made popular in the Qing Dynasty court and has come to be deemed as one of the cultural treasures of China.

More information about the art form on this tourism website, China Odyssey Tours.