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The legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, also called Butterfly lovers, one of the four major folk legends in china, is a masterpiece in Chinese folk literature. It has reminds enduringly attractive to people for thousands of years for its thrilling plot, remarkable characters and ingenious structure. The story is set in the Eastern Jin Dynasty.

Zhu Yingtai is a beautiful and intelligent young woman.Although women are traditionally discouraged from taking up scholarly pursuits,Zhu manages to convince her father to allow her to attend classes in disguise as a man.During her journey to Hangzhou, she meets Liang Shanbo. They chat and feel a strong affinity for each other at their first meeting.

They study together for the next three years in school and Zhu gradually falls in love with Liang . Although Liang equals Zhu in their studies, he is still a bookworm and fails to notice the feminine characteristics exhibited by his classmate.

One day, Zhu receives a letter from her father, asking her to return home as soon as possible. Zhu has no choice but to pack her belongings immediately and bid Liang farewell. However , in her heart ,she has already confessed her love for Liang and is determined to be with him for all eternity. Before her departure, she reveals her true identity to the headmaster's wife and asks her to pass a jade pendant to Liang as a betrothal gift.

Liang accompanies his "sworn brother" for 18 miles to see her off. During the journey, Zhu hints to Liang that she is actually a woman. Before they part, Zhu reminds Liang to visit her residence later so he can propose to marry her "sister."Months later,when Liang visits Zhu,he discovers that she is actually a woman.They make a vow to the effect of "till death do us part".

But Zhu's parents have already arranged for her to marrya man from a rich family called Ma Wencai.Liang is heartbroken when he hears the news and then he dies in office later as a county magistrate.

On the day of Ma and Zhu's marriage,strong winds prevent the wedding procession from escorting the bride beyond Liang's grave,which lies along the journey.Zhu leaves the procession to pay her respects for Liang.

Liang’s tomb split apart, and zhu dived into it to join him. A pair of butterflies emerged from the tomb and flew away.