“Zhaojun's Departure for the Frontier” is a true story in the Chinese history. Wang Zhaojun (around 52BC-19BC), a maid in the royal palace of the Western Han dynasty (202BC-8AD), volunteered to take the princess' place to marry Chanyu, chieftain of the Xiongnu (a northeastern minority group that sometimes invaded the then powerful Western Han), thus making great contribution to the long-term peace and friendship between the two nations. This story is adapted from a play with the same title created in the 1950s. Wang Zhaojun was one of the four beauties in ancient China. Her beauty was said to put flowers to shame, so she was chosen as a maid in the royal palace. Because of her upright character, she refused to bribe Mao Yanshou the royal painter, who defamed her in front of the emperor, so she was deserted in the imperial harem before she could see the emperor. When Chanyu Hu Hanye came to the imperial court and proposed a marriage with the Western Han, the emperor was glad to accept the proposal. However, he didn't want to marry his own daughter far away, so he decided to ask a maid in the imperial harem to replace the princess. All the maids feared the hard life outside their country, but Zhaojun was willing to do so. She took with her the Western Han's advanced culture and technology, which helped the the Xiongnu's local social and economic development. Besides, her marriage with Chanyu maintained a good relation between two nations for many years and freed people from long war-tom sufferings. Therefore, she became a household name in the Chinese history.