China marks 400th death anniversary of Tang Xianzu, Shakespeare, Cervantes

Events are being held in Fuzhou, south China’s Jiangxi Province to mark the 400th death anniversary of ancient Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, and his two contemporaries, William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes.

Tang was born in Fuzhou in 1550. His masterpiece, “The Peony Pavilion,” tells of a romance between Du Liniang, a daughter of a local official, and scholar Liu Mengmei, and depicts youthful pursuit of love and freedom.

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