The beautifully filmed fantasy romance Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (aka Eternal Love), starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao, has been catapulted into one of the biggest smash hits in Asian dramas. But did you know the drama was harshly criticized when it was first released in China? The Chinese viewers quickly became ardent fans of course. Let's find out more about this popular drama that portrays a romance that transcends time and space.

1. The full name of the imaginative story is 三生三世十里桃花, meaning "Three Lives, Thee Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms."

In the novel written by Tang Qi, the captivating saga is told from Fox Princess Bai Qian's first-personal narrative, as she gradually remembers her past after waking up from a long sleep. Sometimes the backstory is recalled by her periodic flashbacks, and at other times, the intricate relationships are reconnected when another character's past experience is revealed. It's an enjoyable experience in reading, but the drama team decided to reveal the fascinating story linearly in time so as to make it less confusing. 

However, many of the dialogues are exactly the way they were stated in the novel, and most of the pivotal scenes are included in the drama. This simplified relationship chart is laid out to help viewers understand the complex relationships over three lives and three worlds.


2. Fans now praise leading man Mark Chao's performance in his dual role as Crown Prince Ye Hua and Master Mo Yuan. Incredibly, some of the Chinese viewers were initially very harsh in meting out criticisms such as how "ugly" he was.

Now, Chinese fans are so devoted to Mark Chao and can't believe anyone else could ever play a better Ye Hua. Their admiration is putting a lot of pressure on Love O2O.'s handsome leading man Yang Yang, who is playing Ye Hua in the movie version of Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, titled Once Upon A Time.


3. Ironically, Mark Chao originally didn't want to accept the role because he didn't want to look "too pretty" and get stuck in playing in idol dramas.

Whew, aren't we glad he agreed to play in the drama! 

(We also wouldn't mind seeing him in more romantic roles.)


4. The popular drama has smashed viewing records in China.

Here's a victory poster proclaiming 35 billion views, a new record set by the drama even before it reached the grand finale.


5. For the huge ensemble cast, the production team designed 130 character models and made over 1,400 costumes. The hard work culminated in a gallery of beautiful and impressive costumes.

The costume design team is led by award-winning designer, William Chang, who was nominated for the Oscars, in 2014, for the Hong Kong movie, The Grandmaster.


6. Many fans have fervently shipped the romantic couple Ye Hua and Bai Qian as they go through three lives and three worlds to finally be together. In real life, however, our favorite romantic leads are separately married. Nonetheless, their own romances are similar in one special way... read on.

Mark Chao is happily married to Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan, whom he met and fell for while filming the movie, Caught in the Web.

The acclaimed movie was filmed in 2011. The couple admitted their dating relationship in 2012 when the movie was released, and they married in 2014.


7. Yang Mi also fell for her co-star, Hong Kong actor Hawick Lau, when they filmed romantic period drama, Ru Yi, in 2011. 

They acknowledged they were dating after being caught by the paparazzi in early 2012. The couple married in January 2014.


8. Yang Mi and Hawick Lau have a daughter, born in 2014, whose nickname is Little Rice Ball. The celestial couple in the fantasy drama also have a young son who has the exact same nickname as written in the novel.

Yang Mi must have been destined to play Bai Qian!


9. The Chinese novel has been translated into English under the title "To the Sky Kingdom." 

Despite differences in translating certain names and salutations, the English-language version is very lyrical and nicely conveys the celestial romance. (Book cover from Amazon.com)


10. Have you ever wondered what the ending was in the original novel? 

When Ye Hua finally sees Bai Qian again, he says "Qian Qian, come here," just as he would often say in the past.

That turns out to be the ending in the original novel.


Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms is an enchanting saga about immortals who succumb to the power of love even though they have fantastic powers beyond belief. 

If you haven't watched it, it's never too late to start. The drama is an enthralling experience that is simply out of this world.

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Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (aka Eternal Love) - 三生三世十里桃花

Starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao

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For fans who wish to stay beguiled by the fascinating tale, you can certainly watch it again... and again!

BONUS: Many fans have expressed the wish to see Ye Hua and Bai Qian hold a grand wedding or live a happy life along with their son and a second child. In the drama, it's actually alluded that Bai Qian is pregnant when you hear Zhe Yan and Bai Zhen chatting with A-Li.  (Just my opinion, but I think there was a secondary reason for Bai Qian's sleep-filled days when Ye Hua was taken away.)

Learn more about the meanings of the characters' names in this Watch Dramas to Learn Chinese special article.

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