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The (Washington) DC BEAUTY OF BEIJING OPERA’s project is designed to enhance the public awareness of the endangered Beijing Opera, a typical form of Chinese Theater and a unique window to ancient China, including culture and value, through educational oriented performances and workshops. This is year 4713 on the Chinese calendar.   Beijing Opera is deeply rooted in this almost 5000-year-old culture and acts as an active vehicle promoting a peaceful and respectful life as a guiding principle as it uses beauty and harmony in all aspects of the performance. During the 10-year Cultural Revolution in the 1960-70’s in Mainland China, the graceful feature of this beautiful theater form was seriously undermined and many unique performing skills were lost. In 2010 Beijing Opera was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.