Chinese First Lady gives thumb-up to performers at Xiqu Centre


1st July 2022 – (Hong Kong) After President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan arrived in Hong Kong yesterday afternoon (30th), Peng Liyuan arrived at the West Kowloon Xiqu Centre by a special car at 4pm. Peng Liyuan enjoyed the rehearsal of the Cantonese opera excerpt by the Tea House Rising Stars Troupe at the Teahouse Theatre of the Xiqu Centre. When communicating with the singers, she said “one minute on stage, ten years of work off stage”, she even gave a thumbs up and praised their professionalism.

Peng Liyuan first listened to Paul Tam’s to the planning and latest development of the West Kowloon Cultural District, as well as the work of the Xiqu Centre in inheriting and promoting Cantonese opera and traditional Chinese opera. Paul Tam is the Executive Director, Performing Arts of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

Cantonese opera was included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009, becoming a world-class intangible cultural heritage item. After watching the excerpts, she also watched another rehearsal and had a cordial conversation with the singers and orchestra members.