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Toutunhe district brings traditional Chinese culture closer to students
2018-04-19 source:Chinadaily
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The Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone (Toutunhe district) held various activities in local schools to promote traditional Chinese culture on April 4.

This is the second year Toutunhe district has held such events. The schools in the district have cultivated many students with special skills in traditional Chinese opera, painting, and calligraphy. Sixty-six of them were rewarded with the title "Inheritor of Traditional Chinese Culture".

Cai Jinhui, deputy director general of the municipal education bureau, presents the award to students. [Photo by Yao Gang/uetd.gov.cn]

With the support and guidance of experts including Chen Ying, a National Class-A Performer in the Urumqi Peking Opera Troupe, Toutunhe district launched a Peking opera activity in five schools in March, 2017 and trained many young Peking opera lovers.

Teachers from Chen Ying's workroom perform Peking opera-style exercises. [Photo by Yao Gang/uetd.gov.cn]

Furthermore, training sessions were held by Chen Ying's workroom for teachers in middle and primary schools. Chen Ying believes that building a professional team of teachers who sing Peking opera will better promote the art among students.

Students perform Peking opera on the stage. [Photo by Yao Gang/uetd.gov.cn]

Chen Ying said that traditional Chinese culture is an invaluable national heritage and should be passed on to future generations. It will play an important role in the building of their character as well as the cultural development of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

According to Mi Lu, director of the moral education office of the education bureau of Toutunhe district, the district will build six municipal-level Peking opera demonstration schools beginning this year.