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In the Warring States period of China (~470BC - 220BC), there are seven independent states and they fight each other for dominance. Among them, the Kingdom of Qin is the strongest and always has the ambition of annexing the other six states.
At one time Qin offers Zhao, a smaller kingdom, to exchange fifteen Qin's cities for a precious stone, HeShi Jade Disc. In consideration of Qin's strong position, the King of Zhao feels it difficult to refuse. But he is also hesitant as he knows Qin is not trustworthy....
The China National Peking Opera Company
The China National Peking Opera Company (CNPOC) is one of the national ensembles of performance arts directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China. Since its founding, the theatre has brought together a large number of outstanding performing artists and playwrights, directors, composers, stage artists, etc., who enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad, such as the Performing arts master Li Shao-chun, Yuan Shihai, Ye Shenglan, Du Jinfang, Li Hezeng, Zhang Yunxi, Zhang Chunhua, Li Shiji, the famous director A Jia, the esteemed playwright Weng Ouhong, Fan Junhong and so on. With a galaxy of elites, CNPOC has been built into Peking Opera performing art groups of great strength.
Over 50 years, the theatre has inherited, composed, and staged more than 500 traditional historical dramas of excellence, new historical dramas and modern Peking operas with different themes and genres. Basically, it is possessed of an art spirit of innovation, with expertise in inheriting, borrowing and shaping characters, and it forms a rigorous artistic style with profound ideological content, fresh stage, various schools, and neat line-up.
During years of artistic creation, and international and domestic performance appraisals, the theatre has more than 40 plays and over 100 people winning all sorts of awards. In recent years, National Peking Opera Theatre is always on the list of the domestic significant awards, for example, "Wenhua Award", "Five One Project Award", “the China Peking Opera Festival Gold Award”, "National Fine Stage Arts Project", "Mei Lanfang Gold Award", "Plum Blossom Award" and so on.
The China National Peking Opera Company is charged with the important task of cultural exchanges with foreign countries, and constantly sends art troupes performing around the world, which have visited 50 countries and regions, five continents, winning a good international reputation. To promote Sino-foreign cultural exchanges, enhance the friendship between Chinese people and the people of the world, it makes a positive contribution.
World Class Performances from...
A snake spirit, Lady White, accompanied by her maid Miss Qing, descends from the Ermei Mountain to the humans’ world for a visit. At the Broken Bridge by the beautiful West Lake, she happens to meet a young pharmacy apprentice Xu Xian, and falls in love with him. They soon get married and prepare to live a happy life together, until the appearance of a monk, Fahai, who comes a long way to advise Xu Xian that his wife is all evil and danger...