The Four Great Chinese Folktales 中 国 四 大 民 间 传 说

Learn more about the Four Great Chinese Folktales!

Hi T-Shirt Lovers,

in today’s microblog, we would like to tell you a bit about the so-called Four Great Chinese Folktales. These stories are pretty much as old as time and almost all Chinese people will know these fairytales. So if you love mythology and folktales (as we do) you should check them out:

The Legend of the White Snake 白蛇传

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Immortals, unsuspecting farm boys, magical pills, snakes’ practising magic and turning into seductive beauties. If you love tragic love tails of redemption and longing this is for you. There is also a nice movie adaptation with Jet Li. Here is the trailer:

Lady Meng Jia 孟姜女

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A story about a loyal wife that tries to bring winter clothing to her poor husband who has been forced to slave labour for the construction of the Great Chinese Wall. Sadly the husband dies before she can reach him which leads to such a weeping that a part of the wall collapses. This one is a sad story but a good one.

The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl 牛郎织女

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The Chinese seem to love tragic love stories. No wonder so many become legends. This tale is a love story between Zhinü and Niulang. Their love was not allowed, thus they were banished to opposite sides of the Silver River (symbolizing the Milky Way Galaxy). Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day. Bittersweet, isn’t it?

The Butterfly Lovers 梁山伯与祝英台

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This one is our favourite of the four. Valentine’s day is approaching and we are launching a cool Butterfly lover t-shirt just to celebrate this story. It has everything: love, loss, magic, destiny and a beautiful ending of two lovers turning into magical butterflies. There is a movie from 2008 which picks up this legend and turns into an adventure movie. You should check it out:

The Four Great Chinese Folktales are for everybody!

So that’s it my friends. Another short primer on Chinese folklore and how you can enjoy these great stories even if you don’t speak Chinese, look them up! Also, don’t forget to check our mystical creature t-shirts and show some love for Chinese mythology.