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Princess Jincheng: A Journey of Tibetan Culture and Enduring Love | Explore the Rich Traditions of Tibet in This Stage Play

Jincheng Princess Cultural show in Lhasa

The stage play “Princess Jincheng” on the banks of the Lhasa River showcases Tibetan original ecological music, dance, drama, and folklore, presenting the rich traditional culture of Tibet to audiences both locally and internationally. A large number of tourists and audience members enjoy a splendid display of Tibetan culture as they witness the revival of Princess Jincheng’s story on the snowy plateau.

The Destiny of Princess Jincheng with Tibet

The Daming Palace in the past was filled with the sound of drums, war horses neighing, and continuous shouts. In Liyuan, an exciting polo match took place. Horses raced on the green grass, their hooves raised, while the two teams swung their clubs fiercely, displaying a commanding presence. Princess Jincheng stood on the viewing platform, enthusiastically shouting and cheering for her brother. Little did she know that this game would alter the course of her life.

The Marriage Proposal

In July of the year 707, Empress Dowager Trimalong sent another ambassador to Chang’an to pay her respects to the Tang emperors and bring Tubo’s request, hoping that the two countries would join forces for peace and stability with a marriage alliance. Tang Zhongzong Li Xian accepted Tubo’s marriage proposal. Therefore, to achieve a second marriage between the Tang Dynasty and Tubo.

The Importance of Princess Jincheng in Tibet China History

Afterwards, Tang Zhongzong issued a book stating, “Princess Jincheng, my daughter, while I know you miss me greatly, as a parent, I desire Li Yuan. If you agree, I earnestly pray for your honesty and willingness to reconcile. In return, you will be honoured with a banquet and serve in the military’s rest. Therefore, I will sever our deep affection for the greater good of the country. I have constructed the outer hall here and have been fortunate enough to receive a gift. I have sent it to Tubo Zanpu myself, with the intention of marching this month. I personally delivered it to the suburbs.” (“Old Tang Book” Volume 196, Ye Fan superior.)

Princess Jincheng’s Journey to Tibet

In the first month of 710 A.D. (the fourth year of Jinglong), Tang Ting escorted Princess Jincheng to Tibet with Hefan Envoy Zuo Xiaowei General Yang Ju. When she got married, she was only fourteen years old. Since then, she has embarked on a long road to Tibet. This road starts from Chang’an, the capital of the Tang Dynasty in the east, and ends in Luoxie (now Lhasa), Tibet, in the west.

The Trials and Tribulations

In June of that year, Princess Jincheng received the devastating news of Tang Zhongzong Li Xian’s sudden death while traveling. To worsen the situation, as she was about to enter Tibet, she learned of the little prince’s passing and was given the option to either return to the Tang Dynasty or proceed with her journey. After careful consideration, Jincheng firmly carried out her duty as a princess and continued to Tibet.

After all, the fate of Princess Jincheng is intertwined with the fate of the two dynasties.

Princess Jincheng’s Legacy

Princess Jincheng’s arrival in Tibet greatly influenced the cultural exchanges between Tang and Tibet as she brought numerous craftsmen, technicians, and doctors with her.

Over 30 years, Princess Jincheng solidified the “uncle-nephew alliance” between Tang and Tibet following Princess Wencheng’s arrival in Tibet. In the 22nd year of Kaiyuan (733 A.D.), a stele was erected on the border of Chiling, marking a trade agreement between the Tang Dynasty and Tibet at Gansongling. This agreement greatly benefited the people living on the frontier and contributed to the ongoing prosperity of the Tang Dynasty.

The Passing of Princess Jincheng

Princess Jincheng died in Tubo in November of the twenty-eighth year of Kaiyuan (740).

The Enduring Legacy

Over a millennium ago, a marriage decree brought stability to the border for many years, yet it significantly impacted the life of this girl belonging to the clan. It is difficult to fathom the strength exhibited by this 14-year-old girl from Datang as she endured the arduous journey to Tibet, or the resolve that upheld the stability between the two factions. Lhasa endured the harsh cold conditions and persevered unwaveringly.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the destiny of Princess Jincheng with Tibet is a remarkable tale of sacrifice, determination, and the enduring bond between two ancient civilizations. Her journey, though fraught with challenges, played a crucial role in shaping the history and cultural exchanges between Tang and Tibet.

FAQs

  1. Why was Princess Jincheng sent to Tibet? Princess Jincheng was sent to Tibet as part of a marriage alliance between the Tang Dynasty and Tubo, to foster peace and stability.
  2. How old was Princess Jincheng when she embarked on her journey to Tibet? Princess Jincheng was only fourteen years old when she began her journey to Tibet.
  3. What impact did Princess Jincheng have on the cultural exchanges between Tang and Tibet? Princess Jincheng’s arrival in Tibet brought craftsmen, technicians, and doctors, greatly influencing cultural exchanges between the two regions.
  4. What is the “uncle-nephew alliance” between Tang and Tibet? The “uncle-nephew alliance” solidified the relationship between the two regions and was marked by a trade agreement that benefited both sides.
  5. When did Princess Jincheng pass away, and where? Princess Jincheng passed away in Tubo in November of the twenty-eighth year of Kaiyuan (740).
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