This is one of the most famous Chinese dramatic works. Known as "China's most popular love comedy," the theme of the drama is an attack on traditional mores, supporting the longing of young people in the old days for freedom of marriage, although it follows the timeworn pattern of a gifted scholar and a beautiful lady falling in love at first sight. This aria was sung by Yingying who appreciated Zhang Sheng’s heart after listening to his music performance, and was determined to hold on to their love even though the mother tried to separate the couple.
The Monkey King is perhaps the only animal that appears on the Beijing Opera stage as a lead character. The origins of the monkey king are obscure but the figure gained widespread recognition in the character of Sun Wukong in the epic Chinese novel, Journey to the West (1590s). The monkey king possesses supernatural powers and a great sense of humor. While the Beijing Opera version of the monkey king is not what any Westerner would think of as opera, it is a highly stylized form, lacking scenery and with combat scenes that are closer to dance than to stunt work. The level of acrobatic skill is incredibly high and the action is full of physical comedy. In this act “Disturbing the Celestial Palace”, the plot itself is simple: the Monkey King disturbs a banquet in the celestial palace because he was annoyed being looked down upon by the supreme emperor.