Yang Guifei in "Portrait of Four Beauties.
|Occupation||artist, singer, stage actor|
|Years active||2006 – present|
Li Yugang was born into a farming family in Jilin province in 1978. He started in opera when he was a child. Despite this, he could not study at a university as his parents were too poor to support this. Instead, he worked in various jobs in Changchun after finishing high school.
In February 23 2009, Li Yugang joined in the China Opera and Dance Theater as a "special talent people".
From 2010–2014, Li Yugang created "Flower in the Mirror, Moon in the Water" (镜花水月) and "Portrait of Four Ancient Beauties" (四美图). Together he performed over 100 shows in the country and internationally. Li Yugang also released 3 CDs from his company "The New Drunken Beauty" (新贵妃醉酒), "The Dream Chaser" (逐梦令) and "Lotus Flower" (莲花). In 2014, the Rhymoi Music company released Li Yugang's "Once Upon a Time in Shanghai" (民国旧梦) CD album. In 2015, Li Yugang directed and starred in his own stage masterpiece "Lady Zhaojun" (昭君出塞), a grand Oriental Poetic Stage production which took him three years in preparation.
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