The Chinese legend of the butterfly lovers - Lijun Zhang
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The story is set in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (266-420 AD) in Zhejiang Province of eastern China, though it is still a part of the living culture of contemporary society in various forms. A cultural park with the theme of The Butterfly Lovers is located in Zhejiang’s Ningbo City. The legend is often compared to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. When the Sino-Italian love culture festival was held in the Italian city of Verona, the sister city of Ningbo, in 2008, a marble statue portraying Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai was presented in the square of the Juliet Museum in Verona.
The story has evolved over time, with many different versions throughout history. Check out this book for the versions that have been translated into English. The story has also inspired musical performance, stage drama, TV shows, and films. An early film adaption was made in 1954.
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