China exhibits 800 year-old love story

China exhibits 800 year-old love story

Thursday, May 5, 2016 5:36 pm


linked gold wedding rings on white background

linked gold wedding rings on white background

An 800-year-old manuscript of “The Romance of the West Chamber,” one of China’s most popular love dramas, is to be put on display in Shenyang, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning province.

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


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