Ever since The Patriot of Yue Fei, I grew quite fond of the Ding Zijun, who played the pathetic, cowardly, detestable and conflicting Song emperor, Zhao Gou. In Legend of Mermaid, Ding Zijun once again rewears the royal garbs and portrays the humorous and ever-so-sauve-wannabe crown prince of the Song Dynasy, Zhao Duan. The crown prince in this series isn't your typical royal prince who plots and spends most of his time around palace setting. He loves to wander outside world and seek justice for the wronged. (P.S. he's a big fan of his contemporary, Justice Bao <----dark skinned man with a half moon on his forehead). Hence, he goes under the pseudonym, Zhan Feng, when he does his detective work as a high-ranking imperial guard. Zhao Duan is not your typical prince charming either because he loves to use his charms to woo beautiful women. In fact, he is quite the player! Well...in the comical sense. LOL.
|Crown Prince Zhao Duan|
|The devilishly wicked Crown Prince in disguise dares our dear Tang Xin to pick up the gigantic teakettle|
Despite their initial hostile encounters, Tang Xin and Zhao Duan grew quite close over the course of the series. Tang Xin often involuntarily reveals some of her most inner self to Zhao Duan. Seeing how hard she works without making much material improvement to her life, he decides to take matters into his own hand and becomes the fairy godmother to help fulfill Cinderella's dreams. He first gives Tang Xin a lavish makeover and uses his princely power/connections to setup a matchmaking session by introducing to some wealthy men. Everything goes according to plan except for Zhao Duan's attitude toward Tang Xin start to unexpectedly change...
|Zhao Duan is stunned by the results of Tang Xin's makeover. He could not take his eyes off her new look.|
|The new and improved Big Teakeltte|
|The usual bold and blunt Tang Xin shies behind Zhao Duan like a timid little bunny before the formidable Dowager Empress and the Emperor.|
|Tang Xin and Zhao Duan's formidable grandmother, the Dowager Empress|
|The runaway bride, Tang Xin|
Episode 17 - Tang Xin's Matchmaking Session (Start from ~2:30)
If you find Cao Xinyue to look familiar, she played Liu Shishi's loveable maid in Bu Bu Jing Xin.