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The West Lake Scenic Area as one representative of Chinese Culture Centers, and for thousands of years, it has been enchanting for one touching love story, The Legend of The White Snake(白蛇传, or named Xu Xian and Lady White Story). This story is quite old and well known in folk society. Boasting one of four top Chinese folk stories (the other three folk stories are Liang Zhu, Meng Jiangnv as well as Niulang and Zhinv), the Legend of The White Snake has been ranked into the first batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritage List. This story has been made into TV series, cartoons and movies.
They came into being the adoration when they saw each other. Xiao Qing asked Xu Xian for his name. Xu Xian answered:"My name is Xu Xian and live nearby The Broken Bridge". Xiao Qing and Lady White introduced themselves as well. Since then, they used to met one another and later, they got married and opened a medicine shop, which is today's widely-famous Bao He Tang(保和堂, Harmony Preservation Hall). They led a happy life. They cured a lot of patients with the unknown and intractable cases, besides they never charged the poor patients, so their business became better and better. More and more patients believed and were willing to see the doctors in Bao He Tang. The local citizens called Bai Suzhen Lady White respectfully. However, their better life together with their welcomed operation of medicine shop made a person annoyed. He was Monk Fa Hai, the born opponent of Lady White who used to attack Lady White in the name of Buddha and Kwan-yin for many generations. Monk Fa Hai lived in Jin Shan Si(金山寺, Jinshan Buddhist Temple, which is located in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province). Due to the effectiveness of Lady White's perfect treatment, less and less pilgrims went to temple for praying.
The video shows a scene of Lady White met Xu Xian at Qing Bo Men and successfully checked the whole identity of Xu Xian over the past thousands of years. Lady White was in great pleasure and happiness for their first meeting after lots of centuries. She was eager to tell Xu Xian how hard she was to find him and how happy she was to meet him accidentally. She wanted to tell Xu Xian the real identity of hers and her love to him, but she was an graceful lady who was too shy to speak it out. Her young sister, Xiao Qing, was quite straightforward and directly sang out the personal information of Lady White on the rented boat to Xu Xian. What's more, Xiao Qing representing Lady White also asked the exact information of Xu Xian. This singing-style dialogue featured of Chinese folk song and happened in the rain of the charming West Lake, naturally gives the audiences a sense of romance and wonderful impression. And surely, this scene also perfectly publicizes the fascination of West Lake Scenic Area of Hangzhou. In particular, the words of song sung by the old boatman and Xiao Qing vividly portray the beauty of The West Lake and Lady White as well as express the philosophy of love and life. It is the quintessential representative of Chinese TV series development history. By the way, Xu Xian was deeply captivated by Lady White when they met on the boat going slowly in West Lake. In fact, this rain was made purposedly by Lady White for facilitating their meeting. Under the circumstances, their first meeting becomes the classic romantic scene in the memory of several generations of Chinese people. The video below is a short highlights of the whole series. It is worthwhile for watching and appreciating indeed.