Features of Beijing Opera
(1) Highly stylized form of opera that uses "heightened speech, song, dance, mime, acting, and acrobatics...."
(2) Stage props are minimal, and action is highly stylized.
(3) The accompanying instrumental ensemble consists of native Chinese instruments, including the pipa and erhu.
(4) The speaking/singing character types are very stylized: male, female, painted-face male, and clown.