Kunqu Opera, one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese traditional opera, was born in the late Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, and prevailed during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) periods. Like an elegant "orchid" in the garden of Chinese operas, it features a variety of plays, diverse roles, pleasant melodies, and beautiful dancing. Occupying an important position in Chinese history of literature, drama, music and dance, Kunqu is honored as the "Mother of All Operas." In 2001, the art form was listed by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Representative plays, such as "Washing the Silken Gauze," "The Peony Pavilion," and "The Palace of Long Life," greatly promoted the development and spread of the opera in different historical periods.
China National Philatelic Corporation will release a FDC.