The top four Beauties of ancient China
In the poem of Drinking, Tao Qian depicted “while picking asters ‘neath the Eastern fence, my gaze upon the Southern mountain rests” to show his leisurely and carefree manners; and Su Shi using ” the waves of the mighty river flowing eastward have swept away the brilliant figures of a thousand generations” to present his bold and generous spirit. Although, the general public of all generations have a venerable respect for the universal feelings of them, I prefer poignant beauty-forlorn and miserable beauty. You may think this kind of beauty is too much crucial and heart-broken, while it is the truly embodiment of the inward man. When comes to this kind of honor, the top four beauties of ancient China are fully deserved. They are described by four parallel Chinese quotations: “Xi Shi sinks fish; Wang Zhaojun drops birds; Diao Chan eclipses the moon; Yang Guifei shames flowers,” not only for their external beauty, but for their life experiences. All of these were capable of evoking praises and tears.Xi Shi sinks fish
Xi Shi’s beauty was said to be so extreme that while leaning over a balcony to look at the fish in the pond, the fish would be so dazzled that they forgot to swim and gradually sunk away from the surface.Wang Zhaojun drops birdsWang Zhaojun’s portion of the legend is that on a bright autumn morning she left her hometown on horseback and began a journey northward. Along the way, the horse neighed, making Zhaojun extremely sad and unable to control her emotions. As she sat on the saddle, she began to play sorrowful melodies on a stringed instrument. A flock of geese flying southward heard the music, saw the beautiful young woman riding the horse, immediately forgot to flap their wings, and fell to the ground. From then on, Zhaojun acquired the nickname “drops birds.” “Zhaojun Departs the Frontier” played an important part in the history of the friendship and unity among Chinese nationalities as well as became a popular subject in Chinese poetry, drama, novels and paintings.