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Some of my favorite Chinese Songs and Chinese Opera Songs

Updated on July 18, 2011

任劍輝 & 白雪仙

As I mentioned in one of my hubs, I have four sisters. Growing up in Hong Kong, having a radio was such a blessing in the old days. We had chores to do and had no toys to play with. We would always look forward to listen to our favorite story at certain time, or sang along when we heard our favorite songs playing. They didn’t play a lot of American songs, nor would we understand much anyway.

When I was seven or eight, my parents used to listen to Chinese Opera Songs. I listened along with them. Sure enough, I remember how to sing a couple of favorite Chinese Opera songs. When I listen to it today, it brought back nice childhood memories. The famous couple who sang the songs does not have American Names at all but they are legends and are well known in Hong Kong.

任劍輝 & 白雪仙

Teresa Teng 鄧麗君

I remember back then, Mandarin songs were so popular. One of the songs embedded in my mind is from Teresa Teng in Mandarin. Although I do not speak Mandarin, I was able to sing the sing and still remember till this day. Teresa Teng died at her young age of forty-three from a severe asthma attack while on a trip to Thailand. She was born in 1953. She died on May 8, 1995. She was a very talented singer from Taiwan. She also sang some of her songs in Cantonese and Japanese. She’s well known half around the world! We sure missed Teresa Teng! Her music will live on!

Teresa Teng 鄧麗君

Leslie Cheung 張國榮

Leslie Cheung was very popular singer and an actor in the eighties. He was born on September 12, 1956. He committed suicide and jumped out of the window of Mandarin Oriental Hotel at age forty-six on April 1, 2003. One of my favorite songs is "Who Can Be With Me". We missed Leslie Cheung! His music will live on!

 

Anita Mui 梅艷芳

Anita Mui was a popular singer and a talented actress in the nineties. I was already in the United States, yet, I didn’t forget my culture. Anita Mui is known as “Madonna” in Hong Kong. Anita Mui was in the movie with Jackie Chan in “Rumble on the Bronx”. She was born in 1963. Anita died at her young age of forty with cervical cancer on December 30, 2003. Anita’s sister also died in 2000 with similar illness. It was such a big loss for the Chinese community. She’s well known around the world! One of my favorite songs is “Like an old friend visited”. We missed Anita Mui! Her music will live on!

Anita Mui 梅艷芳

Hope you enjoy the music videos. Please feel free to leave me comments.

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    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Sure,if you go to Youtube, you can easily search for Leslie Cheung. Here is a few links to his songs. Enjoy!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D-wP2audUU

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvft7LWnVxw&fea...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62ytG6NsIcs&fea...

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      Ching 

      6 years ago

      Hi there, would you please post a link to Leslie Cheung's song?I love all your other selections I, too, grew up in Hong Kong listening to these songs and loving them. Thank you for sharing.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Yes, I so love their songs! They were so talented!

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      Man Vi 

      6 years ago

      I love anita mui's and leslie cheung's voices. They are so talented and unique. I missed them both and I can hardly find any singers I like so much now. The songs are nice.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      CaribeM, I am glad that you enjoy my hub! Thanks for the appreciation of the Chinese music!

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      CaribeM 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for this very interesting post. I don't know much about Chinese music but my two favorite classics are "Liang Zhu" and "Liu Shui". I also like contemporary artists Wang Fei (Faye Wong) and Coco Lee.

      I still admire the talents of Leslie Cheung... a very sad end to a very gifted artist. I love his movies as well as the comedies he made with Anita Mui.

      Nice hub!

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Beautiful! Prasetio, thank you so much for sending me the lyric. Although I don't know the song by heart, I will look it up online. Thank you!

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for share about Chinese song. It is beautiful song also. I like many kind of music. But I have favorite chinese song by Rene Liu. The tittle is "Hou Lai". This is familiar song. I like singing and playing guitar too. I send the lyrics special for you. Let's sing together.

      Houlai wo zongsuan xuehui le ruhe qu ai

      Kexi ni zaoyi yuan qu xiaoshi zai ren hai

      Houlai zhongyu zai yanlei zhong mingbai

      Youxieren yidan cuoguo jiu buzai

      Wei zi huabai huaban luo zai wo lanse bai xi qun shang

      Ai ni ni qing sheng shuo

      Wo dixia tou wen jian yizhen fenfang

      Neige yongheng de yewan shiqi sui zhongjia ni wen wode neige yewan

      Rang wo wanghou de shiguang mei dang you gantan

      Zong xiang qi dangtian de xing guang

      Nashi hou de aiqing weishenme jiu neng nayang jiandan

      Er you shi weishenme ren nian shao shi

      Yidingyao rang shenai de ren shoushang

      Zai zhe xiangsi de shenye li ni shifou yiyang ye zai jing jing zhui hui gan shang

      Ruguo dangshi women neng bu name jue qiang

      Xianzai yebu name yihan

      Ni dou ruhe huiyi wo dai zhao xiao huoshi hen chenmo

      Zhexie nianlai you meiyouren neng rang ni bu jimo

      Yongyuan buhui zai zhong lai

      You yige nanhai ai zhao neige nühai

      ............. I hope you like it.................

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      Justin Choo 

      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Tina V,

      I don't understand most lyrics in Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) because I speak Hokkien. Still I enjoy listening to them. Music is universal.

      By the way those are not "karate" chops, but Kungfu techniques!

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Tina, glad that you enjoy my hub! It is nice to share different cultures with others. Music itself is another language to me and it is universal:) Thanks for stopping by.

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      TINA V 

      8 years ago

      It was nice of you to share your songs and culture. I like to watch Chinese movies with all those karate techniques. I also like to listen to Chinse songs. Although I don't understand the lyrics but I felt like it means something just by the way they sing it. Nice hub!

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Good Guy,thanks for sharing your knowledge with me! I love it when my fan is so educated, LOL. I sure will visit your blog! Thanks for sharing that:)

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      Justin Choo 

      8 years ago from Malaysia

      tim-tim,

      Teresa Teng belonged to an ealier generation than Anita Mui and Lesley Cheong, but her popularity was just like Elvis Presley, cutting across age barrier. She was called "Little Teng" in China during those years when China was not opened to the world yet. Of course, the "Big Teng" was Deng Xiaoping, China's past premier.

      I like to share with you people an article I posted in my blog some time ago on Teresa Teng : http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2009/05/we-ar...

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks Pamela. Glad you enjoy it:)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Tim-tim, i really enjoyed your informative hub and particularly the music.

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks Michael,I hope you like my pick!Not all people can appreciate different cultures and music, but I know you would. Thank you:)

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      Michael 

      8 years ago

      Great research!!!! You picked my number 1's. Thanks

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks Micky!I did not like Teresa Teng much at first, simply because she sang most of her songs in Mandarin. I sometimes couldn't understand. Her sweet and pretty face really helped her career as well. I think they all are/were so talented! Thanks for visiting my hub:)

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very nice, very nice. I think I like Teresa Teng out of this sampling. All were enchanting. I don't think I like her because she seemed a little more "western"-but she did, to me, somehow. They were all very nice. Thank you very much.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Russell-D, I am so honored to have you here! Glad that you enjoy my hub and the music. I always appreciate people like you who are born with talent! Wish I did, LOL. Glad that you enjoy Chinese Opera as well. Thanks for visiting my hub:)

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      a2z50, you are so right about no boundries with music! They are just beautiful! Thanks for the comment.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Momma Mia, glad that you enjoy the music videos. I am sadden that some of the artists are gone at their young age. I really miss their talent!Thanks for visiting:)

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Bob, I am glad to be your first fan!It is hard to understand Opera. When I went to see one here, I am embarassed to say..I fell asleep. It takes time and patience to get use to all that. I am happy that you enjoy my hub. Good that you brought your young daughter to see an Opera at 11. She is heading a great start! Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Sheila, indeed! I have too many stories to tell about my childhood.I will try not to bore my readers:) Hope you enjoy my hubs:)

    • tim-tim profile imageAUTHOR

      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      samboiam, hope you enjoyed the music. It is hard sometimes when you don't understand the lyric but most people appreciate the music itself. Thanks for visiting my hub:)

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      Russell-D 

      8 years ago

      A musician since the age of 4, a player through school and professionally, writing commercial lyrics which were recorded by wonderful top performers + being a concert goer, I thought I knew music. Then I went to a Chinese Opera in Beijing. WOW!! I didn't think I'd return for Act 11. However, I forced myself back, closed my eyes and really listened. What I heard before I fell fast asleep, I almost understood. It's a sound very strange to Western ears. David Russell

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      a2z50 

      8 years ago

      Very pleasing music. Some think that music has no boundries . I find that works for me .

      Thank you for the Hub!

      As always also rprcarz50 Keep on Hubbing

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      Momma Mia 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Absolutely beautiful.......I know not the words but feel a real connection with a few of these artist!!Very soulful!!

      Thank you for sharing!!

      Mia

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      rwelton 

      8 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Thanks for the cultural exchange. Went to La Traviata opera yesterday. We took our 11 year old daughter. It is obvious to acquired an appreciation at a young age.

      Thanks again for being my first follower- am new to the HUB and am trying to figure out how it works.

      Bob

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      I'm sure you have many more memories from yur childhood you could share with us.

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      samboiam 

      8 years ago from Texas

      tim-tim, thanks for exposing me to a different culture. This was awesome.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks Melinda! I hope you will visit Hong Kong and China mainland in the future. It would be a nice experience!

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      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      Wow, thanks!!

      I hope one day ...one day I can go to one, in China.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Darlene Sabella, lucky you! I wish I went back to Hong Kong and visit. I have not been back since I came in 1975. I am sure that it has changed a lot. I have not been in Macau either! I wish some day, I can go back and visit. Thanks for sharing your experience with me!

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      BkCreative, thank you for visiting my hub and being interested in the Chinese Culture. Thank you:)

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Tim-tim very cool, I enjoyed your hub thank for for sharing such passion with us. I spend a week and Hong Kong and loved it there, I remember a place, I'm not sure how to spell it, Repalse Bay, it was a grand hotel with a big porch and you could set outside and see the bay, then Macow and the hydra-foil...I know I am not spelling these words right, but I would love you to write about the beauty of this place. Thank you my freind and keep singing and writing.

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is so cool! Thanks so much. I'll bookmark it so I can come back again and share it.

      Great stuff!

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks Tony. I know how to say it too but I think my voice might scare you, LOL.

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      tony0724 

      8 years ago from san diego calif

      Very Interesting ! Tim Tim I just want to say thank you for giving me a window into your culture. That first opera was such a beautiful stage production.

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