Lady White Snake
"Lady White Snake" is one of the most popular folk tales. The episode is the stormy love affair between the loyal heroine Lady White Snake and her emotionally torn husband.
Taking the shapes of two women, White Snake and Green Snake toured on the West Lake. There they met Xu Xian, whom White Snake fell in love with and married shortly. On a May Festival, Xu offered an herb drink to White Snake.
Resisting the effect of the herb in vain, White Snake
turned back to a snake, which shocked Xu to death. To
resurrect Xu, White Snake stole a magic herb from the
Magic Mountain. With this herb, she brought Xu back to
life. Xu then went to the Jinshan Temple to thank god.
There the monk Fa Hai told him that the snake he saw on
the May Festival was actually his wife. The frightened Xu
was persuaded to stay in the temple. White Snake went to
beg Fa to return her husband to her but Fa showed no
mercy on her. Desperately, White Snake fought with Fa
Hai. Unfortunately, she lost the battle and escaped to
the Broken Bridge on the West Lake. A few moments later,
Xu also arrived. The couple had a very touching scene on
the bridge. Although heart-broken, White Snake still
loved Xu. Xu, full of guilty feelings, was struggling
between love and fear. After White Snake had given birth
to a baby boy, Fa Hai arrived to capture her and put her
under a pagoda. White Snake remained there until her son
grew up, passed the official examination with high
honors, and returned to beg for her release.
Xiang (Praying in the Temple)
After White Snake brought Xu back to life, Xu
went to the Jinshan Temple on the riverside to
thank god for letting him have a second chance to
Dou (The Battle in the Water)
Monk Fa Hai convinced Xu that his wife is a
snake and persuaded him to stay at the Jinshan
Temple. Learning the betrayal, White Snake and
Green Snake went to the temple begging Fa Hai to
release Xu, but their pleas were flatly rejected.
Desperately, White Snake fought a fierce battle
with Fa Hai, joined by all the fishes in the
river. Fa Hai defeated the exhausted and pregnant
White Snake in the end.
Qiao (The Broken Bridge)
The scene opens with the exhausted and
pregnant Lady White Snake coming to a reunion
with Green. They lost each other during the
fierce battle with Fa Hai, a monk, to whom she
had pled to have her husband Xu Xian returned.
While White Snake and Green Snake were resting by
the Broken Bridge, Xu arrived. After a struggle,
Xu expressed his deepest apology. White Snake
forgave him and the two made up.