戏曲是一种中国传统的艺术形式，可以追溯到唐朝。中国戏曲吸引观众的一大特色是其独具风格的脸 谱(facial painting)。脸谱代表不同角色的性格和命运。观众通过观察脸谱能够更好地理解这些角色的故事。欣赏戏曲是中国人特别是老年人的一大乐趣。为了吸引更多的年轻观众，传统戏曲正在不断地发展和创新。如今，越来越多的外国观众也喜欢中国戏曲。
Opera is one of the Chinese traditional arts, which can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty. One striking characteristic of Chinese opera that appeals to the audience is its unique facial paintings. Facial paintings represent different personalities and fates of the characters. The audience can better understand the stories of the characters by observing their facial paintings. Appreciating Chinese opera is a pleasure for Chinese people, especially for the elderly. In order to attract more young audience, traditional opera is constantly developing and being innovated. Nowadays, a growing number of foreign audience also become fascinated by Chinese opera.