The Zhengyici Theatre is one of the four oldest theatres in Beijing. It used to be an ancient temple during the Ming Dynasty and served as a memorial temple for the military deity of wealth, Zhao Gongming. In 1667, during the Qing Dynasty, when Kangxi was the emperor, the ancestral hall was built at the site of this ancient temple with the funding by Beijing’s Zhejiang private bankers. In 1710, the 49th year of Kangxi’s reign, Zhengyici was built and an opera house was set up in it. Zhengyici witnessed the emergence and development of the Peking and Kunqu operas. Many opera artists have given performances here. Zhengyici has been well preserved.
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