Hong Kong is a dazzling metropolis where you will be thrilled by all kinds of
delightful visual feasts. You can try on snappy business suits in a gorgeous
Taigu Square shopping mall, see a Filipino maid pushing a buggy with a mixed
race baby passing by, or take an elevator ride to the top of a high rise to gaze
at the enchanting night scene¡What a fascinating city!
Although famous as a shoppers' paradise, Hong Kong is more than just a
container full of brand name products, fake antiques, and high-rises.
As more and more Hong Kong manufacturers continue to transfer their factories
to neighboring mainland cities and ever-increasing numbers of goods bear the
mark "Made in China", it's great to find some things are still "Made in Hong
One of these authentic Hong Kong products is Cantonese opera, which reached
its glorious heyday in Hong Kong from the 1920s to 1960s. Although various other
entertainments have developed, the popularity of Cantonese opera has never faded
away. Over 1,000 performances are staged annually for about 300,000 spectators.
The Cantonese opera is invariably on the "must-show" lists of the TVB's (Hong
Kong Television Broadcast) annual anniversary celebration and at the Cattle
Depot Art Village Festival. Adored by local residents, the Cantonese opera is
widely admired by overseas Hong Kongers as well. Zhou Zhenji, Chairman of the
Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Development Committee, once told a story about
himself. Born in Hong Kong, he was educated in English as a child and
consequently the Beatles or Simon & Garfunkel were his favorites. Later as a
homesick student studying in the United States, Zhou fell in love with the
nostalgic Cantonese opera, which evoked memories of his hometown.
¡¤Where to enjoy the Cantonese opera in Hong Kong
Xinguang Theatre, which can seat 1,033 spectators and stage about 300
performances annually, used to be the best choice to enjoy the Cantonese opera
in Hong Kong. Now, other venues where the Cantonese opera is performed are the
Shatian Hall, the Kuiqing Theatre, the Gaoshan Theatre, and the Shanghuan
¡¤Rates for the Cantonese opera in Hong Kong
Depending on the fame of performers, the charge varies from 20 to 100 HK
Dollars. But if you want some of the opera's atmosphere, but not the whole show,
the Hong Kong Cultural Museum has set up a Cantonese Opera Cultural Relic
Museum, where over 20,000 cultural relics are stored. The charge is HK¡ç10, and
it is free on Wednesdays.