BEIJING, June 15 (Xinhuanet)
-- China is attempting to list its centuries-old folklore
story "The Butterfly Lovers", also known as "China's Romeo and Juliet", as
intangible world heritage, with a formal application expected to be
submitted to UNESCO in 2006, CRIENGLISH.com reported Monday.
The plan was announced at a meeting concluded last
Saturday in Ningbo city with representatives from six Chinese cities claiming to
be the place of origin of the "Butterfly Lovers" story.
The most popular love story in China tells the legend
of two 4th century Chinese lovers who could not marry due to different family
backgrounds. After the hero dies of a broken heart, the heroine leaps on his
grave and the two turn into a butterfly couple after their deaths.
For centuries, the story has been adapted into
traditional operas, movies and TV plays. A modern concerto adapted from the
story has now become a music classic repeatedly played by world-class masters.