Legend of the White Snake/ Xu Xian and Madam White
The immortal WhiteSnake and her friend GreenSnake spend a thousand years together in the heavenly mountains practicing meditation. An accidental glimpse of human life on earth stirs their curiosity, so they transform themselves into humans—Bai Suzhen (White Snake) and Qing Er (GreenSnake)—to explore and enjoy the mortal world. At West Lake, in Hangzhou, Bai Suzhen meets scholar Xu Xian and it is love at first sight. With Qing Er as witness, Bai and Xu get married.
The married couple runs a pharmacy curing the sick and saving lives. An epidemic befalls the area, requiring Suzhen to use her magical powers to help the sick. Doing so distracts the masses from going to the Golden Mountain Temple to pay homage for good health. This incurs the anger of the temple’s monk, who decides to get revenge by convincing Xu Xian to use strong yellow wine to cause Suzhen to return to her original form. When the transformation happens,Xu Xian falls dead from fright.
Bai Suzhen risks her life to steal a magical, life-saving herbal medicine to revive Xu Xian. Unfortunately, Xu Xian is again duped by themonk and is detained inside the Gold Mountain Temple. Bai Suzhen and Qing Erplead withthe monk to release Xu Xian but are instead defeated by troops of soldiers from heaven. DespiteSuzhen’s formidable resistance and even flooding the Gold Mountain Temple, she soon can hardly fight due to her pregnancy.
Xu Xian manages to escape from the Golden Mountain temple. Bai Suzhen flees to Broken Bridge to meetXu Xian. After much explanation and clarification, the two finally reunite and forgive each other of all past wrongs. Bai gives birth to a boy, but soon Fahai defeats her with his magic golden bowl and buries her under the Leifeng Pagoda. The baby, Xu Shilin, grows up and one day goes to the Pagoda to hold a memorial ceremony for his mother. Sobbing, Bai tells him her story.