Unlike cherry blossoms and peonies, which bloom in spring, plum blossoms first appear in winter, braving the cold before the snow and frost melt away. As such, in Chinese culture they have come to symbolize robustness and strength.
As China celebrated its first Cultural and Natural Heritage day, more than 100 students staged a Peking Opera show in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, Shandong province, on Thursday, to raise public awareness on the inheritance of traditional operas.
One of the country's top performing ensembles, the China National Traditional Peking Opera Company, is bringing a contemporary Peking opera based on the Xi'an Incident to the Shandong Grand Theater in Jinan, Shandong province, on May 21.
The opening ceremony for Shandong intangible cultural heritage celebration month was kicked off on Jan 18 at Lishan Theater in the province's capital city of Jinan.
The Shandong Bangzi opera Paohanchuan has gained popularity in Beijing after its performance at the 2017 New Year's Gala of Opera on Dec 30, 2016.
January and February will prove another two culturally rich months in Shandong province.