KUNQU OPERA: THE PEONY PAVILION

The Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭), Hall Of Longevity (长生殿), Thousands Of Martyrs (千忠戮) and The Fan Of Peach Flowers (桃花扇) are the four most celebrated ancient Chinese operas. Among the four, The Peony Pavilion, also named The Return of Soul at the Peony Pavilion, written in 1598 by Tang Xianzu (汤显祖), one of the two greatest Chinese dramatists, along with Guan Hanqing […]

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A BRIEF EXPERIENCE OF TIME IN MT. LANKE

A firewood collector watching two immortals paying chess in Mt. Lanke in Zhejiang Province – a coloured ink painting by Ming Dynasty scholar, politician and artist Zhang Yining (张以宁 1301-1370) The legend of Mt. Lanke During Jin Dynasty in the 4th century, a guy went to Mt. Lanke collecting firewoods and saw two men playing chess Weiqi (Go) on a stone. Like […]

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A Drag Queen’s Romance

Drag queen's romance

As folklore goes, during Ming Dynasty, there was a talented and good-looking young scholar named Zhou Wenbin living in beautiful lake city Hangzhou, and Zhou Wenbin had a friend named Zhu Zhishan who was like a celebrity watcher and feared by many elite families. During a Lantern Festival in the lunar January 15, Zhishan visited Wenbin and the two brought wine to appreciate […]

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