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10. Great masters that passed away

Peking Opera master Mei Baojiu dies at 82

Yearender: Top 10 cultural events from 2016

Mei in Paris in 2005. [Photo/China News Service]

Mei Baojiu, a Peking Opera master, died at the age of 82 on April 25 in Beijing. He had been hospitalized since March 31 after falling into a coma following a bronchial spasm.

Mei Baojiu was the ninth son of Mei Lanfang (1894-1961), who is considered the most outstanding Peking Opera artist of all time and is credited with bringing Peking Opera to the United States and Europe in the 1930s.


Peking Opera master Mei Baojiu dies at 82

Mei Baojiu: A lifetime of promoting Peking Opera

Celebrated Chinese writer Yang Jiang dies at 104

Yearender: Top 10 cultural events from 2016

Yang Jiang (left), her husband, Qian Zhongshu, and their daughter, Qian Yuan, in 1981. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Chinese writer and translator Yang Jiang died on May 25 in Beijing at 104. As the longest-living Chinese woman writer, she was known for her modest, subtle and witty writing style.

Yang became a household name in China for her novels, essays, plays and translated works.

Her most popular novel, Baptism, depicting a group of intellectuals adjusting to a new society in the early 1950s, has been translated into French and English.

She was married to Qian Zhongshu, a renowned scholar and author of the best-selling novel Fortress Besieged.

Related: Remembering Yang Jiang

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