Nanjing Arts & Culture
Being one of the four ancient capitals of China, Nanjing has always been a cultural center attracting intellectuals from all over the country. In the Tang and Song dynasties, Nanjing was a place where poets gathered and composed poems reminiscent of its luxurious past. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the city was the official imperial examination center for the Jiangnan region, again acting as a hub where different thoughts and opinions converged and thrived.Today, there are frequent acrobatics or Chinese opera performances in the city. With a long cultural tradition and strong support from local educational institutions, Nanjing is commonly viewed as a "city of culture" and one of the more pleasant cities to live in China.
Some of the leading art groups of China are based in Nanjing and they include the Qianxian Dance Company, Nanjing Dance Company, Jiangsu Peking Opera Institute, Nanjing Xiaohonghua Art Company and many more.
Jiangsu Province Kun Opera is one of the best theatres for Kunqu, China's oldest stage art. It is considered a conservative and traditional troupe. Nanjing also has professional opera troupes for the Yang, Yue (Shaoxing), Xi and Jing (Chinese opera varieties) as well as Suzhou pingtan, spoken theatre, and puppet theatre.
Jiangsu Performance Group
Nanjing Apollo Theater
People's Great Theater
Nanjing Heping Cinema
Nanjing Shangying International Cinema
Jinling Worker Cinema
Gulou Art Gallery
Huaiyu Tang Gallery
The Jiangsu Art Gallery is the largest gallery in Jiangsu Province, presenting some of the best traditional and contemporary art pieces of China. Also the Nanjing Museum is a must see for travelers as it has a collection of more than 420 thousand pieces, including about 2,000 that are rare and valued. Many other smaller-scale galleries also have their own special exhibitions.