The 4 beauties in ancient China are Xi shi(西施), Wang zhaojun(王昭君), Diao chan(貂蝉), and Yang yuhuan(杨玉环). Each of the four beautiful women have her own style of beauty. there are four literary allusions to describe the four beauties. “Make swimming fish sink”, “Make flying geese fall”, ”Make the full moon hide behind the clouds”, ”Make all flowers fell shameful”. Do you want to know something about the four beauties in ancients China? Now, let me show you the beauty of the four.
Xi shi/ 西施
Dynasty: c.seventh to sixth century BC, Spring and Autumn Period
Reputation for: Make swimming fish sink
Literary allusions: Xishi is one of the four beauties of ancient Chinese, and she has a beautiful countenance, she was born in a small village named Zhuluo, she live by washing yarn on the river bank, she is to beautiful that when she walks by, the fish seeing her beautiful countenance would fell shameful for her beauty, and sink in the
button of the river. There is also another explain that the fish forget how to swim and sink when seeing her beautiful countenance.
Wang zhaojun/ 王昭君
Dynasty: c.first century BC, Western Han Dynasty
Reputation for: Make flying geese fall
Literary allusions: Wang zhaojun is one of the four beauties of ancient Chinese, she was a maid before she get married. At that time, a war breaks out between Western Han Dynasty and Hun, if the princess of Western Han Dynasty marry to the enemy, the war will stopped. But the emperor don’t agree, so Wang zhaojun replace the princess to marry the enemy, It takes a long journey. On the read, she rode a horse, when the geese seeing her beautiful appearance, the prefer to fall from the sky to appreciate her appearance.
Diao chan/ 貂蝉
Dynasty: c.third century, Three Kingdoms Period
Reputation for: Make the full moon hide behind the clouds
Literary allusions: Diao chan is a singer in Han Dynasty, it is said that when she was born, the peach blossom and the apricot blossom in her village stopped blossom for three years. She is too beautiful, when the moon seeing her, the moon would fell shy, and hide under the cloud.
Yang yuhuan/ 杨玉环
Dynasty: 719-756, Tang Dynasty
Reputation for: Make all flowers fell shameful
Literary allusions: Yang yuhuan is a singer and dancer in Tang Dynasty. She was selected into the emperor’s palace, and the emperor give her the title of high-ranked imperial concubine. One day, she was homesick, and walking in the garden, when she appreciate the peony, she was sad that the peony also has a time to blossom, what time can i outstanding. At the moment she touch the flower, the flower began to shrink. So people said that it’s her beauty to make the flowers fell shameful.