The CCTV New Year’s Gala, also known as Spring Festival Gala or Chunwan (春晚), is not only the biggest TV event of the Chinese New Year, but even has an entry in the Guinness World Records as the most watched TV program worldwide! Around 700 million to one billion viewers tune in every year on Chinese New Year’s Eve to watch the 4-hour-long show that offers a broad variety of acts, including sketches, music and dance performances, acrobatics and martial arts.
Inspired by a legendary folk tale, The Destiny of White Snake tells a heart-wrenching love story between an immortal and a human. She is Bai Yao Yao (Yang Zi), a white snake roaming the mortal realm when she meets Xu Xuan (Allen Ren), the master of the medicinal valley. There is a also second couple pairing between Xiao Qing (Li Man), a green snake whose fate becomes intertwined with a demon catcher named Qi Xiao (Mao Zi Jun).
Ashes of Love follows Jin Mi (Yang Zi), daughter of the Flower Goddess and Water Deity, who’s fed an unfeeling pill while two sons of the Heavenly King fall head-over-heels in love with her. Her mother, the Flower Goddess, doesn’t want her daughter to be like her – afflicted and tormented by love, hence she feeds her little daughter the unfeeling pill before she dies. Family history of both sides doesn’t help; with the Heavenly Empress full of jealousy and considers the Flower Goddess her love rival. Xu Feng (Deng Lun) is the second son of the Heavenly King, known as the most beautiful of the six realms. His brother, described as calming, actually has an underbelly of schemes and uses Jin Mi to his advantage, successfully making her believe Xu Feng killed her dad. With vengence in mind, she drives the knife into Xu Feng’s heart, killing him on the spot. As she watches him fade away, he asks whether she has ever loved him, and she gives him a heartbreaking no. He vanishes into thin air and it’s that moment when she throws up the unfeeling pill, all bottled-up emotions flow through, opening her heart and eyes to the feelings of love. Thus begins her journey to revive him but he’s become the high and mighty Demon Lord.
The last poll showed that most of you currently enjoy watching Ode to Joy 2. The five lead ladies are very charming, however, they’re all totally different in personality. So, which one is your favorite character? Vote and leave a comment explaining us why you love that certain character! There will be a poll about the male leads later as well, but first, it’s the women’s turn 🙂