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Beijing story telling

Beijing story telling was first developed in the early Qing Dynasty and was and remains popular in Beijing, and Tianjin municipalities, Hebei Province and three provinces in northeast China. Wang Hongxing was the representative of this art and was praised as the founder of storytelling in Beijing. In early years, the storyteller performed independently, wearing a long robe, sitting behind a table and having a folded fan and gravel as stage props. Later the storyteller stood while performing and their clothes were not fixed. A performance usually begins with a recitation of a bit of a poem or with telling a short story. A formal performance focuses on narrating the story and commenting on the “how’s?” and “whys?” involved. Relating and commenting on the events of the past is an effective way to entertain and teach people today.

Sponsored by Xicheng District People’s Government of Beijing Municipality

Undertaken by Xicheng District Media Convergence Center

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