The memorial for Lu Yexiang, the last of the Red Detachment of Women soldiers, was held in her hometown in Qionghai City in south China’s Hainan Province on April 20, 2014.

Lu, 100, had accidentally burnt her feet earlier this year, and had been in Qionghai hospital ever since, under critical condition. She passed away at her home in Zhongyuan Township on Apirl 19.

Hundreds of people attended the memorial on the day.

The Red Detachment of Women was an all-female Special Company of the 2nd Independent Division of the Chinese Red Army, first formed in May 1931. Around 100 women joined this special division in Hainan Province.

In the 1960s, The Red Detachment of Women film, directed by Xie Jin, was based on this period of history. The film was widely popular, and later The Red Detachment of Women ballet received its premiere performance by the National Ballet of China on September 26, 1964.

It is the first and most successful full-length Chinese ballet.


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