In celebration of Katy Perry's tour through China, the China National Orchestra last Sunday (Jan. 12th) put together a gorgeous rendition of her hit single "Roar." 

The 29-year-old, who called the performance on Twitter an "incredible highlight," also took time out from entertaining the masses to tour some of China's historical landmarks. 

Some might remember that "Roar," released last September, caused a bit of stir with animal activists after the official music video for the song included live animals. 

"Animals used for entertainment endure horrific cruelty and suffer from extreme confinement and violent training methods. They often become stressed and anxious when hauled around and forced into unfamiliar or frightening situations," Merrilee Burke, a spokeswoman for PETA, told The Daily Star. "The Serengeti Ranch, the animal exhibitor that we believe supplied the animals for the 'Roar' video, has been inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture 22 times since 2001."

In response, Perry obtained a letter from the American Humane Society backing up her claims that no animals were mistreated. 

"American Humane Association was on set for the filming of the above referenced music video, which used an elephant, a monkey, birds and a tiger," the letter reads. "After reviewing the reports, we believe that the Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media were followed and that no animal was harmed in the making of this music video."

Check out the China National Orchestra's version of "Roar" below. 

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China National Orchestra dazzles Katy Perry with rendition of her song
Pop singer, currently on tour in the country, was presented with the special rendition while visiting with orchestra officials.