The famous Chinese opera 'The White Snake' tells the story from the Ming Dynasty. The White Snake and Green Snake transformed into pretty women on earth. The White Snake fell in love with a scholar and gave birth to a son. Zen master FaHai deemed their marriage unacceptable and was furious about it. He then commanded deities to capture the White Snake and kept her captivated under a pagoda. After that the Green Snake perfected her magic and martial art in the forest for many years, and she eventually broke the spell and the pagoda, the White Snake was free again. The White Snake was again united with her husband and son once again. In this opera, snakes were highly humanized and respected.

Yuan Dynasty talented woman Meng Lijun in order to save her framed fiance —— Huangfu Shaohua, she ran away from home and disguised as a man. Later, she took the exam and became the prime minister. Yuan emperor see through Lijun in disguise, he wanted to accept her as imperial concubine, Lijun was disobedient. After with the help of the Queen Mother, Lijun was able to rescue loyal people and get rid of the treacherous, and married Huangfu Shaohua.

The noble concubine Yuhuan Yang obeyed King Tangming's order to wait on him with dinner.Temporarily,King Ming's ride turned to Concubine Mei of the West Palace.Concubine Yang was out of favor and distressed,so she forgot worries by drinking,got drunk and returned to the palace.

"The Story of the Stone" (c. 1760), also known as "The Dream of the Red Chamber", is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The fifth part of Cao Xueqin's magnificent saga, "The Dreamer Awakes", was carefully edited and completed by Gao E some decades later. It continues the story of the changing fortunes of the Jia dynasty, focussing on Bao-yu, now married to Bao-chai, after the tragic death of his beloved Dai-yu. Against such worldly elements as death, financial ruin, marriage, decadence and corruption, his karmic journey unfolds. Like a sleepwalker through life, Bao-yu is finally awakened by a vision, which reveals to him that life itself is merely a dream, 'as moonlight mirrored in the water'.

The Butterfly Lovers is a Chinese legend of a tragic love story of a pair of lovers, Liang Shanbo (梁山伯:liánɡ shānbó) and Zhu Yingtai (祝英台:zhù yīnɡtái), whose names form the title of the story. The title is often abbreviated to Liang Zhu (梁祝) and often regarded as the Chinese equivalent of Romeo and Juliet.

Six cities in the People's Republic of China have collaborated in 2004 on a formal application for the Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity  on the legend at UNESCO, submitted in 2006 through the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

The legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai is set in the Eastern Jin Dynasty.