The Ancient Stage in Leping

The Ancient Stage in LepingThe Ancient Stage in Leping

Approaching the hometown of Jiangxi opera - Leping, Jiangxi, people will find a unique cultural landscape with 412 ancient stages in graceful shape and different styles. Due to their large quantity, magnificent art, and unique style, these ancient stages are honored by architecture experts as “A Wonder in China” and “The Most Unique Cultural Heritage of Jiangxi”, and Leping is therefore also known as “A Museum of Chinese Ancient Stage.” Among the stages, the one in Huyan is perfectly matchless.

The famous “Leping tune”, also known as “High tune” is the main branch of the Jiangxi opera in the history. With the formation and development of Jiangxi opera in Leping, the ancient stages in Leping have emerged and increased accordingly, and gradually have become  a unique architectural art which is closely related to Jiangxi opera and keeps pace with it. Compared to the brilliant Jiangxi opera, the ancient stage architecture is even more brilliant. The exquisitely beautiful stages have performed those eternal classics through the ages.

The stages are scattered in several villages and towns. They were built in Ming and Qing Dynasty with a history of more than 500 years. The ancient stages in Leping are not only large in number, wide in distribution, but also rich in variety, and splendid in style. As far as the attribute is concerned, the stages are divided into five types: ancestral, eternity, temple, guild hall, and family ones. Now, the stages in Leping that can be called as ancient ones in real sense and can be found everywhere actually are the ancestral stage and eternity stage. There are many varieties of beautifully decorated stages. The superbly crafted wood carvings make these stages works of art. Each stage here has its own special features. Leping residents are proud of these ancient stages.

Location: Leping, Jingdezhen
Entrance Fee: Free

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