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Three Types of
Prince Charming of China

30 August 2006

Traditionally, in the eye of Chinese women, there are three types of prince charming.

The first type is the cool guy. Cool guys can be those who take big actions, or the ones accomplished big achievements, or simply be kung fu masters, or just be any men with a sunny and heroic bearing. They don’t have to look good, don’t even have to be seen as friendly, but they must be the men with spine and guts.

They are adored by both men and women, particularly by young women who would even die for them, like what is depicted in the film Farewell My Concubine.

But they are like the sun, best appreciated from a distance, or you could be burned, as they have a reputation, rightly or wrongly, of being an absent father and neglect husband.

China’s Prince Charming #1 Pubajia (蒲巴甲), the winner of the Charming Young Man contest held by a Shanghai TV station.

A Tibetan native, he’s like a beam of sunshine and looks every bit a cool guy.

The second type is the nice guy. Nice guys are naturally nice to women and to everyone, who provides a warm chest for you to rest on, a sympathetic ear for you to speak into. They don’t have to be handsome, and don’t even need to be rich, but definitely have to have a big heart.

They are well liked by women, in particular by the women’s parents who often view them as the best hubby candidates for their daughters.

In a way, they are like the moon, illuminating gently and quietly - pale in comparison to the sun, but never fail to deliver the light.

China’s Prince Charming #2 Song Xiaopo (宋晓波)

Born with speech disabilities, he always responds with actions. Silence is gold – he’s certainly one of those who know how to best interpret this concept. While being perseverant in pursuing his goal, his serenity and calmness are contagious. Many parents now consider him a raw model for their children.

The third type is the handsome guy. From Chinese women’s perspective, a classic handsome guy shall not be masculine, but scholarly, i.e., being pale, slim and delicate. But good looking alone won’t make a man a prince charming, as a scholarly look will have to be matched with a scholarly brain. Which means he shall be well-learned and well-versed or, alternatively, well-scienced.

They are the stars, and stars in every sense: romantic, mystical, and frequently unpredictable. They do not produce energy, as the sun does, nor create harmony, as the moon does, they make dreams …… and often, just make women dream, nothing else.

But they are the men whom Chinese women truly, truly, truly fall in love with, and break the heart for, as what is depicted in the opera The Peony Pavilion.

China’s Prince Charming #3 Wu Jianfei (吴建飞)

With his classic handsome look he was voted the number one by the audience (most audience are women, understandably).


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