1. The Monkey King (Sun Wukong)
Clever, resourceful, and brave, the Monkey King is a favorite character in Beijing Opera. He has his origins in Chinese folklore, but was made famous by Wu Cheng’en’s 16th-century classical novel Journey to the West.
There are four main role types in Beijing Opera: sheng (male), dan (female), jing (painted face), and chou (clown). Jing have stylized patterned, colored faces, and represent warriors, heroes, statesmen, ...