Chinese Opera performing at Chao Zhou Shi Kong in Chinatown.Chaozhou Opera is a traditional art form which has a history of more than 500 years and is now appreciated by 20 million Chaozhou natives in over 20 countries and regions. Based on the local folk dances and ballads, Chaozhou opera has formed its own style under the influence of Nanxi Opera. This historical and cultural treat is one of the oldest performing arts in the world, it combines literature and musical performance, with an astounding attention to details.
If you love taking pictures same I do, you can easily access to the backstage and spend time with the artists during their preparation. Performers spend hours elaborately making up and going into character,usually they starts around 6 pm. From the backstage you can even shot some pictures of the show with a cool and unique perspective of the artists with the audience in the background.
The shows can run for hours, even until midnight. So if you get there around 6 you will have lot of time to spend with the artist. Of course the opera is the main attraction but on the way you will have time to enjoy also the local Chinese vegeterian festival atmosphere , many traditional food shops and sweet makers. I suggest to end up your night adventure with a delicious vegeterian dish on Yaowarat Rd.
How to reach Chao Zhou Shi Kong? Very easy! You can get the MRT and get off at Hua Lampong Station, from there it's only 10 mins walking. Enjoy and let me know if you need any further info.