"........ ah ar ah are uh are ar are ah ar are ar ar arrrrrr ..... "
chang! tok! tok! tok! changgg!! chang chang chang chang chang...
You would here this if you stand outside Xin Kwang (Sun Kwong in Cantonese) Theatre in Hong Kong.
This type of singing and the clanging of cymbals is synonymous with Chinese opera.
This theatre is an icon of Cantonese opera to the people there. Throughout the year there are opera performances – by local troupes as well as China troupes. Besides Cantonese operas, occasionally there are other types of Chinese opera. The outside space is quite small and usually there are illuminated boards informing you of coming shows.
The night I was there there was a performance by a HK troupe led by two established artistes Li Long and Nam Fung.
The view from the street
The illuminated boards
This is the show I watched.