Huangmei County

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Huangmei County
Huangmei is located in Hubei
Location in Hubei
Coordinates: 30°07′N 116°02′E / 30.117°N 116.033°E / 30.117; 116.033Coordinates: 30°07′N 116°02′E / 30.117°N 116.033°E / 30.117; 116.033
Country People's Republic of China
Province Hubei
Prefecture-level city Huanggang
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Huangmei County (simplified Chinese: 黄梅县; traditional Chinese: 黃梅縣; pinyin: Huángméi Xiàn) falls under the administration of Huanggang City in eastern Hubei province, People's Republic of China, and is adjacent to Anhui.

Huangmei opera[edit]

Huangmei is famous for its tea and tea-picking songs, which evolved into Huangmei opera (黃梅戲 or 黃梅調; pinyin: Huángméixì or Huángméidiào). The opera was derived from "Caicha" (tea-picking — "cha" means "tea") tunes and folk ditties which people sang while picking tea. It is a combination of local folk songs, dances, and some ancient operas. Huangmei opera flourished in the 18th century to become one of the most famous traditional Chinese opera forms.