10 masterpieces in traditional Peking Opera repertoire

By Li Wenrui | chinadaily.com.cn | 2017-11-09 09:26
10 masterpieces in traditional Peking Opera repertoire

Monkey King is staged in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Nov 29, 2009. [Photo/IC]

2. Monkey King

The play derived from the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West, centering on a mythological figure named Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King.

Sun Wukong is a monkey born from a stone who then obtains supernatural powers through Taoist practices. After rebelling against the gods and being jailed under a mountain by the Buddha, he is later sent to protect Xuanzang the monk on a pilgrimage for Buddhist scriptures.

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