The Legend of the White Snake, also known as Madame White Snake, is a Chinese legend which existed in oral tradition long before any written compilation. It has since been presented in a number of major Chinese operas, films and television series.
The earliest attempt to fictionalise the story in printed form appears to be The White Maiden Locked for Eternity in the Leifeng Pagoda (白娘子永鎭雷峰塔) in Feng Menglong‘s Stories to Caution the World (Chinese: 警世通言), which was written during the Ming dynasty.
Personally, among all the Chinese legends, I love the “White Snake” the best. I was 5 years old, when I first watched the TV series of this legend and I’ve been watching it ever since, countless times.
I love the stories and I’m so attracted and touched by the stories of the main characters, of how they find their true love, be committed to the love; how they do their best to protect their families, friends and even strangers. And I was so amazed by the magics of the White Snake & Green Snake, who were able to get what they want instantly and disappear in a second, like smoke. I enjoy the feelings that this legend puts in my heart, unforgettable.