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
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,
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).