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Liang Shanbo later dies of depression when he’s working for the official. One day, the Weaver Girl and her other sisters get the permission from the Queen Mother and descend to the earth as a “vacation”; they are all taking bath in the lotus garden. woe is me! "What shall we command them to do?". They were struck dumb and filled with some nameless fear; they hardly dared to look at the enchanter who stood calmly in their midst, smoking his long-stemmed pipe. In part 2, you will know the famous and classic Chinese folktales that together, they are called “China’s Four Great Folktales.”, In a nutshell, the four great folktales of China are. They have been very kind to us.". Even as he spoke, the magic box opened again; the two fairies disappeared inside, the lid closed, and the chest rose from the ground above the heads of the people. Xu Xian comes to Lu Dong-bin three days later because Xu Xian hasn’t been hungry for three days after he ate the tangyuan. One by one before the gasping, shuddering people, the parts of the unfortunate young man were restored to his father. It didn't take long for the local mandarin to hear about the beautiful snail shell girl. "I have it," cried the host finally. And without an illness, I can offer no cure.” The weeks passed, and Mi Nuong grew no better. The Cowherd is in love with her, too, so he asks the Weaver Girl to be his wife on earth. shouted the guests. "Alas! For a moment the structure trembled and swayed as if it too would be carried off into the blue ether, the guests turned pale and clutched their chairs for support, but not even the mandarin dared to speak, so sure were they now that they were in the presence of fairies. The two men walked about aimlessly. Chinese folktales, myths, legends, and proverbs translated, adapted, and annotated by Fred Lobb. Watch the Best and Most Popular Stories in Chinese.i.e :长发公主, 灰姑娘, 睡美人, 十二个跳舞的公主, 狼和七个孩子 and Many More. The visitors silently drank their tea, and the crowd of sightseers craned their necks in a vain effort to catch sight of the vanished fairy. Every book in the Mandarin Companion series is carefully written to use characters, words, and grammar that a learner is likely to know. The younger had a small box on his shoulder. However, after the Queen Mother finds out her granddaughter doesn’t come back and even fell in love with a mortal, she’s so furious that she send the Weaver Girl back to Heaven and prohibit the lovers to meet for good. Have you nothing new with which to regale my guests on this holiday? Zhu Yingtai, as a girl, she persuades her father to let her study to Hangzhou in disguise of a boy. they shouted. (Chinese people believe that the realgar wine can repel snakes or other venomous animals.) And the Weaver Girl, or 织女 (Zhīnǚ), a fairy who lives in Heaven and is so good at weaving that she weaves the rainbows and clouds, she’s also the seventh granddaughter of the Queen Mother. Suddenly, the grave opens up and the sad Zhu Yingtai jump into the grave…. They include: The Painted Wall, The Flower Nymphs, The Boatmen of Lao-lung, The King of the Nine Mountains, The Disowned Princess, and dozens more. Your kids will practice to broaden vocabulary and enhance ability on comprehensive reading and writing. Cantuña’s Task . ", "Yes, but in what a shape?" Not able to become immortal, the tortoise dies with hatred and later reincarnate into a monk. Liang Shanbo & Zhu Yingtai film – modern version. Liang Shanbo would like to propose marriage to her, but it’s too late. Shortly after the couple got married, Qin Shi Huang ordered labor recruitments to build the Great Wall of China. The elder, a wrinkled man of perhaps fifty, wore a scant grey beard. Here are a few such stories. Without further ado, let’s hear the stories! , who still remembers to take revenge on the white snake. Folktales are certainly not limited to the actual real-life situations and what would people think as true and reasonable. For a time the two strangers entertained the people with some of the simpler tricks, such as spinning plates in the air, tossing bowls up and catching them on chopsticks, making flowers grow from empty pots, and transforming one object into another. On the day Zhu Yingtai is going to married to Ma WenCai, she sits in the litter vehicle on the way to the groom’s house and there’s suddenly strong wind prevent the wedding journey when they are approaching Liang Shanbo’s grave. The old man, still muttering, opened the box from which he had been taking the magic bowls, plates, and other articles. Niúláng (牛郎), is a young man with only a cow as his companion and best friend. The mandarin rose and addressed the jugglers, thanking them in the name of the city for their visit and for the taste they had given to him and his guests of the peach from the heavenly orchard. They use powerful imagery and symbols to entertain while conveying essential moral teachings; the stories ignite imagination, taking a firm root in children's minds, and gently initiate them to the essential moral principles of life. Fahai is not giving up on separating the couple; he kidnaps and imprisons Xu Xian in Jinshan Temple (金山寺, Jīnshānsì). The tortoise tries to eat the elixir tangyuan that Xu Xian just threw up, but the white snake gets it first, and thus the white snake gains 500-year magical powers. She then threw herself into the ocean with her husband’s body. ", "What, masters, a peach?" Published: 1919 See more ideas about books, childrens books, kids. Welcome to our award-winning short story collection featuring Chinese Stories in English. Learn more in the Cambridge English-Chinese simplified Dictionary. Therefore, Lady Meng Jiang packed some warm clothes and head off to the Great Wall on foot. Sisterhood Between the White Snake and the Green Snake, The white snake (Bai Suzhen) & the green snake (Xiaoqing). The greybeard uttered a loud cry and covered his face with his hands. Learn how your comment data is processed. Your email address will not be published. Niu Lang and Zhi Nu live a happy life together with two kids for several years. According to the most ancient writings there is now nothing left to tell of this story. The result of this trick was more than he had bargained for. "Take care, my man! In this level, your kids will learn ancient stories, Chinese proverbs, etc. And the Weaver Girl, or 织女 (Zhīnǚ), a fairy who lives in Heaven and is so good at weaving that she weaves the rainbows and clouds, she’s also the seventh granddaughter of the Queen Mother. 180, Section 1, Keelung Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, 110, (Part 1), some of the Chinese myths have a comparative “Western version,” how the universe and men were created, scary fairy tales, and love stories. Editor: Andrew Lang Stopping Halfway, Never Comes One's Day "In the Warring States Period, in the state of Wei lived a man called Leyangtsi. ", "Tell your honourable master," said the elder, whom we shall call Chang, "that, try us as he will, he will not be disappointed. Wednesday, March 19, 2008. However, the revengeful Fahai is planning to break up the relationship of the couple, so he comes to Xu Xian and tells him to make his wife drink realgar wine (雄黄酒, Xiónghuángji) during Dragon Boat Festival. Understanding these stories are indispensable for learning Chinese culture and to gain a better knowledge of Mandarin Chinese language. ... One of the rangers, Zhang Zhicheng, an affable Li man adept at making sense of my lousy Mandarin, translated to Li language for the others. "I will pay them well if they can really amuse us, but I want something more than the old tricks of knife-throwing and balancing. , Mèngjiāngnǚ) and her husband Fan Xiliang (范喜良, Fàn xǐliáng). If you can amuse his visitors he will bring them out to the private grand stand, and let you perform before them and the people who are gathered together. In her school days, she meets Liang Shanbo, a Shouxing scholar. As Fahai fails in the end of the tales, there’s an interesting saying that Fahai in his monk kayasa escapes and hides in the huge crab abdomen. In part 2, you will know the famous and classic Chinese folktales that together, they are called “China’s Four Great Folktales.” In a nutshell, the four great folktales of China are Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, Tale of the White Snake, Lady Meng Jiang, and The Cowherd and the Weaving Girl (Niu Lang and Zhi Nu). "Everything is ready for the journey," said old Chang calmly. The Cowherd and Weaving Girl (牛郎织女, Niúlángzhīnǚ). "What! Read the complete and different version of this legend here: https://blog.skritter.com/2017/08/chinese-valentines-day-qixi-festival/, Your email address will not be published. Here’s the 2011 action fiction movie The Sorcerer and the White Snake (法海:白蛇传说, Fǎ hǎi: Báishé chuánshuō). Bai Suzhen is depressed toward Xu Xian’s death so she steals the medicine from Fahai to bring her husband alive. Here, fellow, produce us a peach, and be quick about it. Zhu Yingtai gradually falls in love with Liang Shanbo; however, Liang doesn’t know that Zhu is actually a girl. Not able to become immortal, the tortoise dies with hatred and later reincarnate into a monk Fahai (法海, Fǎ hǎi), who still remembers to take revenge on the white snake. What’s more, it’s also a tradition to bury the deceased with proper clothes at that time, especially official garments. The mandarin commanded that a rope should be stretched across so as to leave an open space in full view of the crowd, where the two Changs might give their exhibition. "Come," said the mandarin at last, deeply moved, "let us present the old man with sufficient money to give his boy a decent burial. That’s why the crab has the crab butter in yellow, the color similar to the monk clothes. Like other Chinese folktales, “The Tales of the White Snake” is adapted into TV shows and films in different versions. Lady Meng Jiang didn’t hear from her husband in a while and felt worried about him. They had just finished eating, and the host was wondering what he should do to amuse his friends, when a servant told him of the jugglers. Required fields are marked *. ", The official was delighted when he heard the report of his servant. "To think of people wanting peaches at this season! Soon it was spread about among the crowd that two famous jugglers had just arrived from the capital, and that they were able to perform many wonderful deeds. Mandarin (/ ˈ m æ n d ər ɪ n / (); simplified Chinese: 官话; traditional Chinese: 官話; pinyin: Guānhuà; lit. It’s the time the Chinese people were under the ruling of Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇), the first Emperor in China history. even now they are restoring him to his father.". Judging by their faces, they were father and son. Mandarin Companion Graded Readers Now you can read books in Chinese that are fun and help accelerate language learning. in human shape, who is a beautiful lady, saves a, from a human who is going to kill the green snake. They seemed to have no friends among the pleasure-seekers. After the first outburst of wild, frantic grief the old man by a great effort gained control of his feelings, and began to gather up these parts, putting them tenderly into the wooden box. One beautiful spring day two men strolled into the public square of a well-known Chinese city. Shortly after the couple got married, Qin Shi Huang ordered labor recruitments to build the Great Wall of China. There are also more Chinese Stories in English below for more advanced readers. Fahai is not giving up on separating the couple; he kidnaps and imprisons Xu Xian in Jinshan Temple (金山寺, Jīnshānsì). The elder, a wrinkled man of perhaps fifty, wore a scant grey beard. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The young man at a sign from his father tightened his belt and the bands about his ankles, and then, with a graceful gesture to the astonished people, sprang upon the magic string, balanced himself for a moment on the steep incline, and then ran as nimbly up as a sailor would have mounted a rope ladder. The tortoise tries to eat the elixir tangyuan that Xu Xian just threw up, but the white snake gets it first, and thus the white snake gains 500-year magical powers. Lady Meng Jiang was so melancholy that her wailing in front of the Great Wall made a part of the Wall collapsed. A list of creepy Chinese ghosts that originate from ancient Chinese folklore. Hurry up! No sooner had he unwound a portion of this thread than a sudden gust of wind carried it up into the air above the heads of the onlookers. It has been declared, however, by later scholars that the official and his friends who had eaten the magic peach, at once began to feel a change in their lives. After they finish their study and return to their hometowns, Liang Shanbo finally knows that his best friend is a girl when he visits her to her hometown. Here’s the 2011 action fiction, During Qin Dynasty there’s a newly-wed couple Lady Meng Jiang (孟姜女. One day Zhu had to go home as her father missed her so much. Ah! But surely you would not have a labourer do more than his employer requires? shouted the people with one voice, "the old man is a fairy.". "Wonderful, wonderful!" In English, there’s “Romeo and Juliet”; in Chinese, there’s…. Xu Xian manages to escape and meet his wife for she’s giving birth to their son. The couple run their business and have a happy life. Zhu Yingtai leaves the wedding procession and pays her mourn in front of Liang’s grave. Only one in all that assembly, a bright-eyed little boy of eight, dared to break the silence, and he caused a hearty burst of merriment by crying out, "Oh, daddy, will the bad young man fly off into the sky and leave his poor father all alone? Extra fun: Interesting Sayings From this Chinese Folktale. Zhu Yingtai’s parents have already arranged her marriage to Ma WenCai, a son from a rich family. There’s a very famous and common love story behind this Chinese Valentine’s Day about Niu Lang and Zhi Nu. "Caught at his own game," laughed the guests, and the people began to hoot derisively. To rescue her beloved husband, Bai Suzhen brings her sister Xiaoqing to fight Fahai together. The white snake feels grateful for Xu Xian; however, the tortoise is angry and jealous of the white snake since then. Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co., 681 Fifth Avenue, New York, Donate Bitcoin 1LQH9v9GihyQgwqAF9RnBiszhzKi9z2CyX. (Chinese people believe that the realgar wine can repel snakes or other venomous animals.) Learn more in the Cambridge English-Chinese simplified Dictionary. One day, the white snake (白蛇, Báishé) in human shape, who is a beautiful lady, saves a green snake (青蛇, Qīng shé) from a human who is going to kill the green snake. Chinese Folk Tales: China is the most heavily populated country in the world with over 1.3 billion people, living there. For a moment they consulted together, whispering and laughing. Be assured, sir, anything that you demand I can do for you. Only say the word. They were plainly dressed and looked like ordinary countrymen who had come in to see the sights. There are too many impostors around for me to believe every stranger. it came like a streak of light, and, lo, there in the magician's fingers was a peach, the most beautiful specimen the people had ever seen, large and rosy. ", The mandarin laughed outright at this boasting language. Lu Dong-bin then helps Xu Xian to vomit the tangyuan into the lake nearby. ", The servant went outside and spoke to the jugglers: "The great man bids you tell him what you can do. ", However this may be, we do know that before many years their city became the centre of the greatest peach-growing section of China, and even yet when strangers walk in the orchards and look up admiringly at the beautiful sweet-smelling fruit, the natives sometimes ask proudly, "And have you never heard about the wonderful peach which was the beginning of all our orchards, the magic peach the fairies brought us from the Western Heaven? Mandarin Companion has taken Western classics like “The Secret Garden” and translated them into easy Chinese for learners, with some adaptations. At this time in the lake, there are a white snake spirit and a tortoise spirit, both of whom have been practicing magical powers for centuries in order to transform into human shape and become immortal. folk tale translate: 民间传说,民间故事. "My boy was caught in the act of plucking the magic peach from the garden of the gods, and they have thrown him into prison. The story is actually one of the tales of Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, beginning with one of the Eight Immortals (八仙, Bāxiān) Lu Dong-bin (吕洞宾, Lǚdòngbīn), who disguises himself as an ordinary man selling tangyuan (汤圆, Tāngyuán) made of immortality pills. The local mandarin and landlord summoned Xie Duan to his manor. After fumbling in the box for some moments he drew out a skein of golden thread, fine spun and as light as gossamer. Xu Xian is shocked to death after he found out his wife is a snake. Perhaps it is Fairy Old Boy himself who is among us!". 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