Liangshanbo and Zhu Yingtai in ancient love stories

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Throughout the ages, love has been a popular topic among the people, and literary works praising love have emerged in endlessly. But most of them are love tragedies, and few of them end in comedies. So today’s China story net Xiaobian will bring you a love story about liangshanbo and Zhu Yingtai. Interested readers can follow the Xiaobian to have a look.

In ancient China, there was a very beautiful legend, that is, the love story between liangshanbo and Zhu Yingtai. Later, this story was compiled into a novel and spread around the world.

In ancient times, there was a girl named Zhu Yingtai. She was smart and beautiful. She not only could embroider and cut Phoenix, but also liked writing and reading. When she was fifteen or sixteen years old, she wanted to study in a foreign school.

However, at that time, girls were not allowed to go out to study. What should we do? Yingtai and the maid came up with a good idea: pretend to be a boy and go to school. So Zhu Yingtai dressed up as a childe and the maid dressed up as a schoolboy. They looked at each other and were quite similar. They couldn’t help laughing happily.

Zhu Yingtai’s father was drinking tea in the hall when he suddenly saw a schoolboy leading a young master in to salute him. He hurriedly got up and asked him to sit down. He also asked him his name. Zhu Yingtai was so happy to see that even his father had cheated him. She then unloaded her clothes to reveal the truth, which greatly surprised her father and accused her daughter of being naughty and unruly. Zhu Yingtai took the opportunity to tell his father that he wanted to go out to study. Father said, “since ancient times, how can a woman go out to study? Even if she pretends to be a man, it is inconvenient to live outside.” But Zhu Yingtai was determined to go. Her father could not resist her, so he had to agree.

Zhu Yingtai pretends to be a man. She looks very handsome. The maid pretends to be a schoolboy and carries a bookcase. She leaves home to study. After a long walk, they felt hot and went to the roadside pavilion to have a rest. At this time, a scholar and a schoolboy came to the pavilion to have a rest. They greeted each other. Only then did Zhu Yingtai know that the scholar’s name was liangshanbo. He also went to the school. Zhu Yingtai and liangshanbo had a very speculative talk. They became brothers in the pavilion. Liangshanbo was two years older than Zhu Yingtai, so Zhu Yingtai called liangshanbo brother, and liangshanbo called Zhu Yingtai brother. Then they set off happily together.


Zhu Yingtai and liangshanbo came to the school and met the teacher. The teacher was very happy to see these two smart and handsome teenagers coming to school.

The teacher arranged them to study at the same desk. Liangshanbo cared for Zhu Yingtai as much as his own brother. The two were together from morning till night and became best friends.

ZhuYingTai and liangshanbo live in the same room. In order not to let liangshanbo find out that she is a woman, ZhuYingTai separates two suitcases between their beds and puts a basin full of water on them. She tells liangshanbo to be honest when he sleeps. If he rolls around and spills the water in the basin, she will tell the teacher to punish him severely. So liangshanbo always behaved well and never moved about. He never found that Zhu Yingtai was a girl.

But Zhu Yingtai’s disguise as a man has long been recognized by the careful Shiniang. She called Zhu Yingtai to her and told the truth. Zhu Yingtai asked her to keep it a secret. She agreed and took more care of the smart girl. Zhu Yingtai also came to tell Shiniang about her difficulties and worries.

Time flies for three years. One day, Zhu Yingtai received a letter from home saying that her father was ill and asked her to hurry back. Zhu Yingtai asked his teacher for leave and came to see his wife again. She said that she and liangshanbo had been classmates for three years. Liangshanbo was sincere and enthusiastic, studied hard, and she had deeply fallen in love with him. She gave a jade fan pendant to Shiniang and asked Shiniang to match her. After she left, she proposed marriage to liangshanbo for her.

When Zhu Yingtai is about to leave for home, liangshanbo must see her off in person. He and his wife were dependent on each other all the way and were always reluctant to part company. Zhu Yingtai wanted to show his love to liangshanbo, but it was inconvenient to say so. He had to use many examples to inspire liangshanbo.

When they saw a pair of geese in the river, Zhu Yingtai sang, “there is a river ahead. There is a pair of geese swimming in the river. The male geese swim in front, and the female goose is called brother behind.”

The honest and kind liangshanbo didn’t understand her meaning and went on. Zhu Yingtai sang several songs to describe the love between men and women, but liangshanbo still didn’t understand. Zhu Yingtai joked, “you are really a stupid goose!”

Zhu Yingtai pointed to a pair of mandarin ducks in the pond and sang: “in the clear water pond with green lotus leaves, mandarin ducks are in pairs. If Yingtai is a red makeup woman, brother Liang, would you like to ‘match mandarin ducks’?”

Liangshanbo sighed and said, “it’s a pity that you are not a woman with red makeup!”

Seeing that liangshanbo still didn’t understand, Zhu Yingtai said, “my family has a nine younger sister. She and I are twins. We look exactly like me. I would like to be a matchmaker and let nine younger sister marry you. Would you like to?” Liangshanbo originally loved Zhu Yingtai’s talent and appearance. When he heard that nine younger sisters were born exactly like her, he happily agreed.

They saw each other off for eighteen miles and came to the river before they reluctantly broke up. At parting, Zhu Yingtai and liangshanbo agreed to go to Zhu’s house on July 7 for a blind date. Liangshanbo looked at Zhu Yingtai on the other side of the river from afar. He was getting farther and farther away and gradually disappeared.


When Zhu Yingtai returned home, his father had recovered from his illness. He asked Zhu Yingtai to change into a girl’s dress and wouldn’t let her go out to study again. At this time, a rich man surnamed Ma came to ask for marriage, and his father betrothed Zhu Yingtai to the Ma’s son. Zhu Yingtai resolutely refused to accept the marriage. She told her father that she had fallen in love with liangshanbo and asked Shiniang as a matchmaker. But the father objected: “the marriage of children has always been decided by their parents. What is it like for girls to find men outside?” Zhu Yingtai was forced to marry the Ma family.

After seeing Zhu Yingtai off that day, liangshanbo returned to the school. He continued to study hard and forgot all about going to Zhu Yingtai’s home to propose marriage on July 7. It was not until the martial mother came with a jade fan pendant to explain that Zhu Yingtai asked her to propose marriage that liangshanbo suddenly realized that Zhu Yingtai was a woman and that the nine younger sisters she said were Zhu Yingtai himself! Liangshanbo immediately asked the teacher for leave and rushed to Zhu’s home to meet Zhu Yingtai.

When liangshanbo came to Yingtai’s house, he saw that Zhu Yingtai had completely recovered her female appearance, which made her more beautiful and lovely. He told the story of his martial mother proposing marriage for them. Unexpectedly, Zhu Yingtai burst into tears as soon as he heard this. She said, “brother Liang, why are you so late? My father has forced me to be betrothed to the Ma family!” Liangshanbo was shocked and sad. His heart was broken.

The two of them hugged each other and cried bitterly. They swore to each other that no one could destroy their deep love and that they would be together forever. Their cries were heard by Zhu Yingtai’s father. In a rage, Zhu Yuanwai ran upstairs, drove liangshanbo out of the house and put Zhu Yingtai under strict supervision.

When liangshanbo returned home, he was very sad. He missed Zhu Yingtai, couldn’t eat a meal, couldn’t sleep, and fell ill. His condition became more and more serious, and soon he died. Before he died, he told his family that he would bury him at the roadside from Zhu’s house to Ma’s house.

When the wedding day of the Ma family came, the bridal sedan was carried to the door of Zhu’s house to make things lively. But Zhu Yingtai was crying and was unwilling to get on the sedan chair. At her father’s command, many people pushed and pushed Zhu Yingtai into a sedan chair and carried him away.

When the sedan was halfway up the road, a gust of wind suddenly blew, making the sedan bearer unable to walk. At this time, the maid told Zhu Yingtai that the tomb of liangshanbo was in front of her. Regardless of other people’s obstacles, Zhu Yingtai walked out of the sedan chair and must go to the tomb of liangshanbo to mourn.


Zhu Yingtai came to liangshanbo’s tomb and burst into tears. He was so sad that he threw himself on the tomb. All of a sudden, lightning and thunder, wind and rain, the tomb suddenly opened a big crack. Zhu Yingtai shouted the name of liangshanbo and jumped into the tomb.

After a while, the rain stopped, the clouds opened, and a rainbow appeared in the sky. I saw a pair of beautiful butterflies flying from the grave and dancing around the grave. It is said that the pair of butterflies were changed by liangshanbo and Zhu Yingtai. So far, people still call this kind of big nymphal butterfly with black patterns, green spots and two long streamers on the tail wing liangshanbo Zhu Yingtai. Disclaimer: the above content originates from the Internet, and the copyright belongs to the original author. Please inform us if your original copyright is infringed, and we will delete the relevant content as soon as possible.

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