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Xiqu (Chinese opera) is a performing art integrating singing, acting, martial arts, music, costume and juggling.
Originating as early as the third century and once the primary genre of Chinese theatre, there were 360 forms of xiqu in the 1950s. Cantonese opera became the first item in Hong Kong to be inscribed onto the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. Other well-known genres, including kunqu and Beijing opera, were also inscribed onto this list in 2001 and 2010 respectively.
In recent years, the number of Cantonese opera performances and operatic song concerts taking place in Hong Kong has increased to over one thousand per year. Attendance figures rank the highest among the four major types of performing arts (theatre, music, dance and xiqu).