Qin Opera, which dates to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), is widely believed to be the oldest type of Chinese opera. It developed mainly during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was most popular in Northwest China's Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.
In 2006, Qin Opera, which is performed in the Shaanxi dialect and known for its intense rhythm and high-pitched singing, was added to the country's list of intangible heritage items.
Qin Opera performers not only need to master the rhythm and high-pitched singing, but also must express their characters' moods in various situations through body language.
Click on the video to experience the unique charm of Qin Opera.
[Photo provided by Xi'an Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism and Xi'an Broadcasting]