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'Monkey King' performer revives Peking Opera troupe

(Ecns.cn) Updated: 2016-03-09 15:12 Comments

'Monkey King' performer revives Peking Opera troupe

Performer Sun Hu is dressed as the Monkey King at the Yichang Peking Opera Troupe in Yichang city, Central China's Hubei province, March 8, 2016. Sun, 54, began learning Peking Opera with his father at nine years old and then enhanced his skills under the instruction of masters like Ni Haitian and Yu Dalu. The troupe suffered from a declining market, high debt and a lack of performers in the 1990s and faced being shutdown. Sun then returned from the United States to lead the troupe, making it profitable through diverse methods. Sun said he always remembers his father when dressing as the Monkey King and vows not to let him down. The Monkey King is a main character in the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West. [Photo/China News Service]

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