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Legend of Liangzhu

Legend of Liangzhu

Legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu yintai, treasure of Chinese culture, is one the four Chinee folk legends. Over the thousands of years, it has deeply touched people's minds for its themes of advocating pursuing knowledge, love and ceaseless life and has been widely loved by people for its moving plots, vivid characters and ingenious story structure. The artistic charm of Legend of Liang Zhu and its relevant artistic forms makes it a miracle among Chinese folk literatures and arts.

Since its form of Jin Dynasty before 1600 years ago, legend of Liang Zhu was mainly popular in Ningbo, Shangyu, Hangzhou, Yixing, Jining, Runan and has been spread all over the country and ethnic groups. In the course of spreading, it was enriched and developed by people in various regions and even numerous gravestones, temples and other buildings were built, with Legend of Liang Zhu as the theme. Furthermore, this legend has been spread to many countries such as North Korea, Vietnam, Burma, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia with unequalled influence.

A gigantic system of Liang Zhu culture has come into existent. It is comprised of various literary and artistic works including the Yue Opera Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, violin concerto Liang Zhu and the film Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, and also, the peculiar fashion of pursuing studies as well as love and marriage.

Like other verbal literature and intangible cultural heritages, during about 20 years, with the influence of modernization and urbanization, Legend of Liang Zhu inherited orally has been greatly shocked. With the death of original oral inheritors and the youth are unwilling to get the inheritance, it is dangerous to inherit and urgently needs rescue and protection to make this excellent cultural tradition spreading.