Performance art has a long tradition in China. Although performers of all kinds were belittled in ancient times, various schools of traditional operas flourished now and then along with the vicissitudes of dynasties. Many have transcended time and space and still draw large audiences even in the present-day China.
In general, there are dozens of of schools of traditional Chinese operas. The most noticeable ones are: Peking Opera, Kun Opera, Shaoxing Opera, Huangmei Opera, Yue Opera, Chuan Opera, Ping Opera, Hebei Bangzi, Henan Bangzi, Chao Opera.