Li Xiangjun was both a famous Kunqu singer and, by the age of 13, an accomplished pipa player of the pipa. She was sold to the Meixiang Lou brothel near the Nanjing Confucian Temple. Image: Wikipedia Li Xiangjun was both a famous Kunqu singer and, by the age of 13, an accomplished pipa player of the pipa. She was sold to the Meixiang Lou brothel near the Nanjing Confucian Temple. Image: Wikipedia
Li Xiangjun was both a famous Kunqu singer and, by the age of 13, an accomplished pipa player of the pipa. She was sold to the Meixiang Lou brothel near the Nanjing Confucian Temple. Image: Wikipedia

Sold from one man to another, 3 Chinese women central to cultural and literary life in Ming dynasty China whose arts shone

  • Liu Rushi, Chen Yuanyuan and Li Xiangjun were three of the ‘Eight Beauties’, famed courtesans known for their poetry, opera and calligraphy
  • Author Alice Poon has created a fictional account of the friendship between the three, and the challenges and tragedies they faced

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Li Xiangjun was both a famous Kunqu singer and, by the age of 13, an accomplished pipa player of the pipa. She was sold to the Meixiang Lou brothel near the Nanjing Confucian Temple. Image: Wikipedia Li Xiangjun was both a famous Kunqu singer and, by the age of 13, an accomplished pipa player of the pipa. She was sold to the Meixiang Lou brothel near the Nanjing Confucian Temple. Image: Wikipedia
Li Xiangjun was both a famous Kunqu singer and, by the age of 13, an accomplished pipa player of the pipa. She was sold to the Meixiang Lou brothel near the Nanjing Confucian Temple. Image: Wikipedia
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