They were considered dreamboats two decades ago and are still considered real-life Adonises today. Their charms and graces still manage to make women across China swoon with delight. Here we present you the top 10 timeless male Chinese stars.
10. Hong Kong singer, dancer and actor Aaron Kwok was born on Oct 26, 1965, and has been active in showbiz since the 1980s. Together with Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau and Leon Lai, he was referred to as one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" among male singers. His onstage performances were influenced by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
9. Leo Ku was born on Aug 18, 1972, and is a Hong Kong pop singer, actor, TV host, cartoonist, producer and designer. He joined TVB in 1991, and has since released over 35 albums. With his unique falsetto talent, he has won nearly 300 male singer and music awards since kicking off his music career in 1994.
8. Nicky Wu was born on Oct 31, 1970, and became well-known in 1988 as a member of the successful boy band "Little Tigers Team." Wu released his debut solo album in 1992. He began his solo career as a singer and actor in 1995, right after the band broke up, and his work - especially that of recent years - was well-received across Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.
7. Wallace Chung was born on Nov 30, 1974, and is a Hong Kong actor and recording artist. In 1995, Chung pursued a singing career in Taiwan and saw his debut album "OREA" garner great success. He released his second album "By Your Side" in December of that very same year, earning him the title of Taiwan's Best Idol for two years in a row. He achieved further recognition on the Chinese mainland with his performances in both films and TV series.
6. Hong Kong singer and actor Julian Cheung was born on Aug 27, 1971. He is popularly known for his role as Guo Jing in the 1994 TV series "The Legend of the Condor Heroes," and as Chi-Kin from the 1996 TVB drama "Cold Blood Warm Heart." Cheung received a TVB Jade Solid Gold award for Best New Singer (Bronze) for his first album in 1992.
5. Born on Sep 27, 1961, Andy Lau is a Hong Kong pop singer, actor and film producer. Together with Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai, he was referred to as one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" among male singers in the 1990s. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, and has performed in more than 160 films while at the same time maintaining a successful singing career. His name has also entered the Guinness World Records for "Most Awards Won by a Cantopop Male Artist;" Lau had won the unprecedented total of 292 awards by Apr 2000.
4. Daniel Wu was born on Sep 30, 1974, in Berkeley, California and is an American-Hong Kong actor, director and producer. In 1997, he travelled to Hong Kong to witness the historic handover with no intentions of embarking on a movie career. Film director Yonfan saw him in a clothing ad at an MTR station and approached him about starring in an upcoming movie. After then, he has been featured in more than 60 films and is referred to as "the young Andy Lau."
3. Alec Su was born on Sep 11, 1973, in Taipei and is a Taiwanese singer and actor. He became famous in 1988 as a member of successful boy band "Little Tigers Team," and went on to gain even more fame for his performance in the popular TV series "Princess Returning Pearl." In recent years, Su has been concentrating on his film career.
2. He Jiong was born on Apr 28, 1974, and is a famous anchor, singer, actor as well as an Arabic teacher at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He has been a host of popular Hunan entertainment show "Happy Camp" for more than 10 years. He also achieved great fame for his singing and stage performances, as well as his various parts in different plays, TV dramas and films.
1. Jimmy Lin was born on Oct 15, 1974, and is a Taiwan singer, actor and professional race car driver. At the age of 16, Lin was discovered during a school performance. In 1992, at the age of 17, he became an overnight superstar with the release of his debut album "Not Every Love Song has Fond Memories." He received great fame in both Asia and the United States and gained the nickname "Little Whirlwind." Lin is also a successful rally racer in China.