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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

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Beijing Dialect Drum

Beijing Dialect Drum (京韵大鼓), developed from board drum prevailing in Cangzhou and Hejian in Hebei province, came into being in Beijing and Tianjin. It is a sort of talking and singing music with a higher achievement and takes an important part in Chinese talking and singing music. Beijing Dialect Drum is accompanied with drum, sanxian, sihu (four-stringed fiddle with strings turned in pairs), pipa (a plucked string instrument with a fretted fingerboard),etc.. It is one part of Beijing culture.

On the basis of board drum, Beijing Dialect Drum changed Hejian dialect into Beijing dialect. It absorbed part of voice of Beijing opera and drew on the performing formula of Beijing Opera. Generally, the whole group consists of one singer and a few of accompanists.

Beijing dialect drum came into being on the basis of board drum prevailing in Cangzhou and Hejian in Hebei province. After board drum moved into Tianjin, Liu Baoquan spoke and sang in pronunciation of Beijing. In 1946, after Quyi Association established, Beijing dialect drum was formally designated. 1920s, Beijing dialect drum got a period of great prosperity, genre blossoming.

After the found of the People’s Republic of China, actors of Beijing dialect drum made much of reformation to present new life and new thoughts and feelings. In order to move forward, it fostered generations of young actors after the found of New China to heritage and reform Beijing dialect drum.

Notable masters
Liu Baoquan, the founder of Beijing dialect drum, born in 1869 in Hebei province. Liu Baoquan, together with Bai Yunpeng and Zhang Xiaoxuan formed Liu faction, Bai faction and Zhang faction, etc. Bai Fengming, the student of Liu Baoquan, inherited his teacher in early time. Her brother, Bai Fengyan who was once the accompanist of Liu Baoquan established Shaobai faction together with Bai Fengming, which affected the formation of Luo faction.

In the early year of the Republic of China, some famous teaches specialized in Beijing dialect drum such as Wang Wenrui cultivated a group of actresses. After 1914, some venues which allowed actress to performance were founded up. The most famous actresses were Feng Fengxi, Yu Ruifeng, Liang Xiaolou, Bai Yinbao, He Jingui, etc.

In 1930s, Li Lanfang, Wu Daping, Wang Shuzhen performed in De Yi Xuan were most popular actresses. 1940s some actresses fostered in Beijing put on shows in Tianjin in abundant. The well-known actresses in Tianjin were Fu Guiqing, Wang Jinlan, Lin Hongyu, Zhao Baocui, Zhang Jinhuan, Sang Honglin, Xiao Caiwu, etc..

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