Pear Garden (Líyuán 梨园)

Nirmal DASS

During the Tang dynasty the progressive emperor Xuanzong endowed the Pear Garden in Chang’an (modern Xi’an) in 714 CE as a conservatory for the nascent performing arts. Secular music and dance developed and thrived there, especially Chinese opera; the roots of later classical and modern Chinese dramatic performance can be traced there as well.

In 714 CE Emperor Xuanzong (685–762) established a conservatory for the performing arts in the city of Chang’an….

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