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Tang Xianzu Memorial Hall (汤显祖纪念馆)

Tang Xianzu Memorial Hall is built up for commemorating dramatist & litterateur Tang Xianzu in Ming Dynasty. The hall can be used for education, entertainment and sightseeing. It covers 480 acres and is made up of three parts, namely, Four Dreams Village, Vacation Village and Entertainment Village.

 

Tang Xianzu (1550-1616), with other names such as Yireng, Ruoshi, Hairuo and Qingyuandaoren, was born in Linchuan. His career as an official consisted principally of low-level positions. He successfully participated in the Provincial examinations at the age of 21 and in the imperial examinations at the age of 34. He held official positions in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong Provinces, etc. He retired in 1598 and returned to his hometown where he focused on writing.

His major plays “Peony Pavilion”, “Dream of Nanke”, “Dream of Handan” and “Story of Purple Hairpin” are collectively called the Four Dreams of Linchuan by descendants, because of the decisive role dreams play in the plot of each one. Generally considered as his masterpiece, “Peony Pavilion” has been translated into various languages, thus famous all over the world and is always performed greatly to move people to tears.