Beijing Opera: Scattering Celestial Flowers on Earth

Lyric: 悟妙道好一似春梦乍醒 Suddenly I realised my true self as if waking up from a spring dream 猛然醒又入梦长夜冥冥 Yet soon I became confused again, as though re-entering the dreamland 未修真便言悟终成梦境 Boasting enlightenment while merely knowing what will be the true reality is still an existence in a fantasy 到无梦梦无醒方见性灵 Only when I have no dream to wake up from, I will […]

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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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An Ancient Chinese Tale of Relativity in Time

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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