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By The Loop HK Staff | May 12th, 2018

In spite of its name, and its status as one of Hong Kong’s pieces of intangible cultural heritage, Cantonese opera actually originated from northern parts of China, making its way to Guangdong in the 13th century — mostly thanks to the Song people who fled Hangzhou when it was invaded by the Mongol army. Some of the best-known pieces of work were created in the ensuing years, such as Tai Nui Fa and The Purple Hairpin.

While the numbers of Cantonese opera performers and theaters have declined since the 1950s, the Hong Kong government supports a number of initiatives to preserve the art today in recognition of its impact on local culture.

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