Thursday, May 5, 2016 5:36 pm
Bai Wenyu, Curator of the Shenyang Palace Museum, said on Thursday in Shenyang (China), that the manuscript was discovered in Tatirang, a village in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
He said the manuscript, is one of the earliest copies of the story, and it was found in 1986 by a herdsman, along with 27 other documents.
“The Romance of the West Chamber” is about a young scholar and the daughter of a minister, who fell in love without parental approval.
“Written by Wang Shifu, a playwright of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), it is recognised as a plea for freedom of marriage in a time when marriages were always arranged,’’ he said