RIDE THE RIVER

Guangzhou

RIDE THE RIVER

• Enjoy a nighttime cruise on the majestic Pearl River
• Watch a contemporary spin on Cantonese opera, with state-of-the-art stage effects
• Stroll back to the hotel and take in skyline views from the riverbank


Find an elderly person on the streets of Guangzhou and you’ll probably hear the trebly wail of Cantonese opera playing somewhere in the background. For a certain generation, it’s the most beloved—and ubiquitous—music there is. And while Cantonese opera’s pageantry is mesmerizing—all opulent costumes, bedazzled headdresses, and portrait-like face painting—the genre’s high-pitched, often shrill singing style (interrupted with bouncy strings and gong blasts) has lost its allure among the younger generation. Its continuation as a living art form is in jeopardy. And so the Floating Opera, which combines narrative elements from Cantonese opera with contemporary stage effects (and a more up-to-date delivery), has set out to rescue this vaunted tradition. Set on a retro riverboat, it’s an interactive performance that sends audiences moving from one stage to another, complete with holograms, lasers, and state-of-the-art special effects. Kitschy? Most certainly. A revealing glimpse of Chinese tradition in the 21st century? No question. We can’t assure you’ll come away a fan of Cantonese opera (past or present), but we guarantee you’ll be entertained and edified.








The Conrad concierge can book tickets to the Floating Opera cruise (aka “A Tale of Cantonese Opera”), which departs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, returning approximately 90 minutes later. You can walk from the Conrad direct to the pier, which is located on nearby Haixinsha, a tiny island developed for the 2010 Asian Games.

FLOATING OPERA AT ZHUJIANG RED BOAT PIER: Cruises depart from a dedicated pier at East Zone, Haixinsha Asian Games Park, Tianhe district;+86-020-8558-8772; no website 珠江红船《船说》: 珠江新城临江大道海心沙东区红船码头





RIDE THE RIVER

RIDE THE RIVER

Guangzhou

RIDE THE RIVER

• Enjoy a nighttime cruise on the majestic Pearl River
• Watch a contemporary spin on Cantonese opera, with state-of-the-art stage effects
• Stroll back to the hotel and take in skyline views from the riverbank


Find an elderly person on the streets of Guangzhou and you’ll probably hear the trebly wail of Cantonese opera playing somewhere in the background. For a certain generation, it’s the most beloved—and ubiquitous—music there is. And while Cantonese opera’s pageantry is mesmerizing—all opulent costumes, bedazzled headdresses, and portrait-like face painting—the genre’s high-pitched, often shrill singing style (interrupted with bouncy strings and gong blasts) has lost its allure among the younger generation. Its continuation as a living art form is in jeopardy. And so the Floating Opera, which combines narrative elements from Cantonese opera with contemporary stage effects (and a more up-to-date delivery), has set out to rescue this vaunted tradition. Set on a retro riverboat, it’s an interactive performance that sends audiences moving from one stage to another, complete with holograms, lasers, and state-of-the-art special effects. Kitschy? Most certainly. A revealing glimpse of Chinese tradition in the 21st century? No question. We can’t assure you’ll come away a fan of Cantonese opera (past or present), but we guarantee you’ll be entertained and edified.








The Conrad concierge can book tickets to the Floating Opera cruise (aka “A Tale of Cantonese Opera”), which departs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, returning approximately 90 minutes later. You can walk from the Conrad direct to the pier, which is located on nearby Haixinsha, a tiny island developed for the 2010 Asian Games.

FLOATING OPERA AT ZHUJIANG RED BOAT PIER: Cruises depart from a dedicated pier at East Zone, Haixinsha Asian Games Park, Tianhe district;+86-020-8558-8772; no website 珠江红船《船说》: 珠江新城临江大道海心沙东区红船码头