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China opera troupe tours rural areas to preserve a dying art

From the Spring Festival to the end of March, the Yu County Jin Opera troupe travels from village to village in Hebei province, performing on ramshackle rural stages to mostly elderly crowds.

Yuxian, China

FOR the 50-year-old Chinese opera performer, every aspect of the dimly lit backstage room was a reminder that things had changed. The elaborate costumes carelessly thrown aside, the young troupe members playing with their smartphones, the half-eaten noodles abandoned in the...

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