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Butterfly lovers' timeless tale

China Daily Global| Updated: May 6, 2024 L M S

When one evokes a city steeped in romantic allure in China, none can rival Hangzhou and the tragic yet eternal tale of "butterfly lovers".

The enchanting city is known for a love legend that has endured the passage of time, weaving its way into the very fabric of Hangzhou's identity.

For centuries, Hangzhou has been renowned for its picturesque landscapes and timeless charm. At the heart of the romantic glamor lies the story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, considered the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet. Their romantic yet tragic story has long touched the hearts of generations and has been transformed into The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, blending Chinese opera elements with Western classical techniques.

Listeners are transported to the serene settings of Hangzhou, where the story of Liang and Zhu unfolds amid the tranquil West Lake. The lyrical yet strong rhythm captures their ardent love and heartbreaking separation that ultimately leads to their demise and transformation into a pair of butterflies.

The concerto stands as one of the most famous Chinese orchestral works, transcending cultural boundaries and resonating with listeners worldwide.

From the scenic banks of the Grand Canal to the serene trails of the Xixi National Wetland Park, Hangzhou is never short of romantic allure, with the placid waters of West Lake having inspired countless works of art and poems.

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