Visitors to Chengdu will undoubtedly see and hear Sichuan folkore, dance, and music after a trip to nightclubs or temples . However, the Sichuan Opera is an especially brilliant art form in Chengdu.

The Sichuan opera originates from the Qing Dynasty (1650-1910). During the latter part of the Dynasty, immigrants brought several dramatic arts with them to Chengdu. Native Sichuans quickly united their own dialect and traditions with foreign, artistic customs.

Local masters have perfected the dramatic techniques of Chinese opera over the years. The changing faces (bianlin) technique is the most well known and a very complicated gesture. It gains its inspiration from ancient Sichuan dwellers who used face paint to frighten wild animals.

It traditionally entails a hidden mechanization of lightweight, silk masks or instaneously blowing powdered makeup onto the actor's face. Theaterical lighting designers can now introduce laser and light effects to enhance the changing faces. Still, a significant component of the bianlin technique relies upon the actual actor.  

Contemporary professional troupes entertain audiences in variety of settings. Outdoors, formal theaters, and tea houses are some of the more common places visitors can watch the Sichuan Opera. Sichuan Opera Theater, Shunxing Tea House, and Shufeng Yayun Garden regularly host operatic performances.