Culture in Kunshan

While the city has experienced tremendous economic growth, Kunshan’s residents also enjoy and preserve its rich cultural and historical resources. Kunqu Opera, one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera, originated in Kunshan and is now listed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Three of Kunshan’s ancient water towns: Zhouzhuang, Jinxi, and Qiandeng, are among China’s nominations for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.