272 Beijing Opera Performers - Cheng Pu - Number 27
Beijing Opera - "The Two Qiao Sisters of Phoenix Terrace"
Cheng Pu with a crimson three-tile face plays a part in the list-opera "The Two Qiao
Sisters of Phoenix Terrace." In the last years of the Eastern Han, when the
country was in great disorder, Qioa Xuan, an official, resigned his post and
returned to Danyang, his hometown. With the intention of helping talented
people restore order to the country, he established the Phoenix Terrace where
he recruited a volunteer corps. Qiao had two beautiful daughters, who were very
capable and ambitious. The elder daughter married Sun Ce (175-200). Sun Quan's
elder brother and founder of the kingdom of Wu, and the younger daughter
married Zhou Yu, supreme commander of the armies of Wu. Cheng Pu was a senior
general of Wu who served under both Sun Ce and Sun Quan.
Place of Birth: Tuying, You Bei Ping (Presently Fengrun in Hebei Province)
Life Span: AD 154 - 213 (59 Years)
The first historical records of Cheng Pu date from the time of the Yellow Turban rebellion. Cheng Pu was appointed at the vanguard of Sun Jian's army and followed his lord in battles against the Yellow Turbans at Wan and Deng City. After the Yellow Turban rebellion was over, Sun Jian was appointed as Grand Administrator of Changsha, and Cheng Pu followed him there. When Dong Zhuo took Luo Yang, the Han Capital, Sun Jian, under command of Yuan Shu, was sent to fight Dong Zhuo as part of the alliance. Cheng Pu defeated Dong Zhuo at Yangren, and it was said that his body was covered in scars after the battle.Back to Beijing Performer's List - Page 1