He has recently become an international internet sensation, at the same time repopularizing a Chinese song from back in the ‘80s, called 一剪梅 (yì jiǎn méi) - A Spray of Plum Blossoms. The song is also commonly referred to by one of it’s main lines, “Xue Hua Piao Piao (Bei Feng Xiao Xiao)”.
You can check out Yangyang’s recent cover of this famous song here!
Be sure to read until the end to learn about a fun contest we’re having as well!
How It All Started
The man’s name is Aiqin Zhang, a director, actor and movie producer in Beijing, China. He started from humble beginnings, doing odd jobs until entering the entertainment industry a little over 10 years ago, and his clip singing the traditional Chinese song in the snow is a breath of fresh air for many people in the chaos that is 2020.
Meaning of the Hit Line
The line resonates well with people in 2020, carrying the following meaning:
“Life has reached a low point, and our environment has gradually deteriorated, but it’s hard to change.”
Some people say that this is a manifestation of "mourning culture". Young people from all over the world have expressed the difficulties and frustrations they have encountered in 2020, but with a relaxed “What can you do?” mindset.
Facing these hardships isn’t easy, all we can do is try our best to learn from our experiences and try to handle these situations with a “can-do” attitude, one step at a time.
An International Hit
I’ll admit - the remix is pretty catchy!
Check it out here:
Since the clip went viral, so has the original version of the song, 一剪梅 (yì jiǎn méi) - A Spray of Plum Blossoms, by Taiwanese singer 费玉清 (fēi yù qīng) - Fei Yu Qing, which has been trending on Spotify and Youtube over the past few weeks.
Video Contest Details
Make a video of yourself singing the song and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win lifetime access to a free Yoyo Chinese course of your choosing!
The deadline to send in your video is Monday, July 27th, so don't wait! Join the contest now!
By the way, you can watch the original video from 费玉清 (fēi yù qīng), with over 17 million views on Youtube, here:
(yì jiǎn méi)
A Spray of Plum Blossoms
fēi yù qīng
Fei Yu Qing
(zhēn qíng xiàng cǎo yuán guǎng kuò)
True love is vast like a grassland
céng céng fēng yǔ bù néng zǔ gé
It cannot be separated by layers and layers of wind and rain
zǒng yǒu yún kāi rì chū shí hòu
There will be a time when the clouds go away and the sun shines
wàn zhàng yáng guāng zhào yaò nǐ wǒ
A thousand meters of sunlight will shine on you and me
zhēn qíng xiàng méi huā kāi guò
True love blossoms like plum blossoms do
lěng lěng bīng xuě bù néng yān mò
Cold snow and ice cannot submerge it
jiù zài zuì lěng
At its coldest
zhī tóu zhàn fàng
The tips of its branches blossom
kàn jiàn chūn tiān zǒu xiàng nǐ wǒ
Spring is in sight, approaching you and me
xuě huā piāo piāo běi fēng xiāo xiāo
Snowflakes falling and the north wind howling
tiān dì yí piàn cāng máng
The world is boundless
yì jiǎn hán méi
A spray of winter plum blossoms
ào lì xuě zhōng
Standing proudly in the snow
zhǐ wèi yī rén piāo xiāng
Its fragrance only wafts about for her
ài wǒ suǒ ài wú yuàn wú huǐ
I love who I love, without regrets
cǐ qíng cháng liú
This love will last forever
In my heart
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