To our female readers who felt snubbed by our post on Chinese Female Beauty, don’t fret!
与众不同 (yǔ zhòng bù tóng- stand out from the crowd) and say goodbye to the tired 帅哥 (shuài gē) next time you find an object of your attraction.
Inspired by chiseled and hunky, elegant and charming Olympic men gracing our television screens this summer, here are 3 great chengyu’s to describe handsome or suave men.
白马王子 (bái mǎ wáng zǐ): Prince Charming
白马 (bái mǎ): White horse
王子 (wáng zǐ): Prince
Very similar to the English saying “knight in shining armor” or “prince charming”, this translates as “white horse prince”. Think of male Disney hearthrobs, making girls swoon with their impeccable manners, sophisticated language, and classic masculine looks. A 白马王子 is a heroic stud ready to conquer the hearts of all females in his path.
Ào yùn guàn jūn yè shī wén zì pù zàn wèi jiāo nán péng yǒu xī wàng bái mǎ wáng zǐ
Olympic champion Ye Shiwen admits she does not yet have a boyfriend, hopes for a prince charming
26 suì de nǚ gāo guǎn zài mǒu hūn liàn wǎng zhàn jié shì huì yuán “bái mǎ wáng zǐ”, tóng jū jìn 2 gè yuè hòu, tā cái fā xiàn “bái mǎ wáng zǐ” yǐ jié hūn duō nián
26 year old female manager meets a “prince charming” on an online dating site, but after living together for 2 months, she discovers this “prince charming” has already been married for many years
风度翩翩 (fēng dù piān piān): Charming and chic
风度 (fēng dù): Bearing, poise
翩翩 (piān piān): Elegant, graceful
Less a charming prince and more of an understated suaveness, a man described as 风度翩翩 has elegant demeanor, graceful manners, and a warm personality. The emphasis isn’t on innate physical attractiveness, but rather overall disposition. This man is certainly “husband material”.
wǎng qiú xuǎn shǒu zhǎn xiàn chū de fēng dù piān piān, hù xiāng zūn zhòng, gōng píng jìng sài děng tè zhì qià qià shì ào lín pǐ kè jīng shén suǒ chàng dǎo fā yáng de
Tennis players display graceful manners, mutual respect, fair play and other characteristics which are precisely the spirit the Olympics advocates and carries forward
mí rén de dān yǎn pí, cí xìng de shēng yīn, xiào qǐ lái gèng shì chōng mǎn wēn nuǎn de yáng guāng qì xí, jué duì shì fēng dù piān piān de qì zhí nán
Charming eyes, magnetic voice, a laugh full of warmth, this man is definitely charming and graceful.
英俊潇洒- (yīng jùn xiāo sǎ): Dashing
英俊 (yīng jùn): Talented, brilliant, handsome
潇洒 (xiāo sǎ): Chic, natural
Similar to 风度翩翩, but with emphasis on a bold and unrestrained nature. What lady can resist a man dashing and bold, naturally handsome, intelligent, and witty? Usually used to describe a man’s demeanor, conversation ability, and mannerisms.
tā yǒu xìng yǒng yǒu yī wèi yīng jùn xiāo sǎ de zhàng fū hé yī gè kě ài de hái zi
She is blessed to have a dashing husband and a cute child
tā shì zhè yàng yī gè yīng jùn xiāo sǎ, yǐ zhì yú měi gè nǚ rén doū huì wèi bó dé tā de yī gè qīn wěn, ér pāo tóu lú, sǎ rèxuè
He is such a dashing man that every woman would die to win a kiss from him.
Any other favorite “handsome” chengyus? Be sure to let us know if you have romantic success with these!
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