Xinkang, romantic opera village
The most popular operas involve flower drumming and shadow puppetry. Almost every villager is raised to be able to perform these operas.
Xinkang is renowned as a romantic opera village. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]
In 2011, the village begun a revitalization project on its Opera Street to repaint the buildings, repair the old opera houses and build a new opera themed wax museum. The project was completed and Opera Street reopened to the public in 2013.
Visitors to Xinkang can take a boat sailing on the Weishui River, stroll along Opera Street, stopping to admire the different performances, or just to sit and read a book about the opera history in the place.
People strolling at the Opera Street in Xinkang village can see the masks and elements of local operas on the walls of the buildings. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]
Xinkang first rose from the alluvial land made by the Weishui River when it flowed into the Xiangjiang River. It is rich in rice and aquatic products thanks to its fertile soil and plentiful water.
Xinkang is also famous for its rice wine brewed by local farmers who still use traditional techniques. The flavor of Xinkang’s rice wine was recorded in a poem by Song Dynasty (420-479) poet Tao Bi.
Source: Changsha Evening News