[Mainland] Bu Bu Jing Xin 步步惊心 (HunanTV)


sarNie Egg

* Title: 步步惊心 / Bu Bu Jing Xin
* Also known as: Startling by Each Step
* Genre: Romance, period drama
* Episodes: 35
* Liu Shi Shi as Maertai Ruo Xi / Zhang Xiao
* Nicky Wu as Yin Zhen (4th Prince)
* Kevin Cheng as Yin Si (8th Prince)
* Yuan Hong as Yin Xiang (13th Prince)
* Lin Geng Xin as Yin Ti (14th Prince)
* Han Dong as Yin Tang (9th Prince)
* Ye Zu Xin as Yin'e (10th Prince)
* Damian Lau as Kangxi Emperor
* Zhang Lei (张雷) as Yin Reng (Crown Prince)
* Annie Liu as Maertai Ruo Lan
* Shi Xiao Qun as Gorolo Ming Hui
* Liu Yu Xin (刘雨欣) as Gorolo Ming Yu
* Guo Xiao Ting as Guwalgiya Min Min
* Ba Sen (巴森) as Prince Guwalgiya
* Guo Zhen Ni as Lu Wu
* Cao Xin Yu (曹馨月) as Qiao Hui
* Ye Qing (叶青) as Yu Tan
* Kang Ming Tong (康铭桐) as Yun Xiang
* Zheng Kai (郑凯) as Zuo Ying
* Deng Li Min as Li De Quan
* Zhou Yan Cheng (周彦呈) as Wang Xi
* Chai Wei (柴蔚) as Princess Cheng Huan
* Chen Jing Yu (陈镜宇) as Yin Zhi (3rd Prince)
* Wang Xiao Dong (王小东) as Yin Qi (5th Prince)
* Gao Sen (高森) as Li Guang Di
* Hu Zong Hu (胡中虎) as Gao Wu Yong
* Mu Ting Ting as Ulanara
* Dai Chun Rong as De Fei
* Lian Te Yue (连特约) as Physician He
* Ma Tian Yu as Huang Di

A 25 year-old modern day woman woke up from a car accident to find herself in the body of a 16 year-old Manchu girl living in the 18th century Qing Dynasty. In her new life, she became deeply entangled in Aisin Gioro princes' battle for the throne.



sarNie Hatchling
I can't wait for this to air,they're always pushing the airdate!
But trailers and charater introductions are already out!
Engs Sub here

It seems really good!


i've watch to ep. 7 and everything seems to go fast. i like it. people say this and palace : lock heart are similar. by reading the summary both of the drama does seem alike but i think they each have their own story within the story. that's what makes it different. i'm currently watching both the drama at the same time. as of right now, i cannot debate which one is better. i'll have to wait until i finish watching both of them.

p. Zoua

sarNie Oldmaid
Omg, this looks interesting, I may watch this on my spare time.

I hope it's good. ^_^


Mrs. Kim Junsu
Warning do not read if you dont want to know...... :thumbsup:

The set-up is simple: modern day girl finds her soul transported back to Qing Dynasty in the body of 14-year old Maertai Ruo Xi, the daughter of a Manchu general, and the younger sister of Maertai Ruo Lan, the second wife of the 8th Prince. During the course of the novel, Ruo Xi will spend 20 years living the life of Maertai Ruo Xi in the Qing Dynasty, finding herself unwittingly involved in the record history of the infamous 9-Prince-Succession-Battle.

Amongst the princes that Ruo Xi finds herself interacting with the most are 4th Prince, 8th Prince, 10th Prince, 13th Prince, and 14th Prince. In the beginning of the story 10th Prince has a crush on Ruo Xi (literally adoration at first sight) and wants to marry her pretty candidly. Sadly he’s the first to run into the dreaded “duty and obligation and imperial decree” brick wall, forced to marry Ming Yu, the younger sister of the first wife of the 8th Prince. Ruo Xi sees him as a dear and wonderful friend, and is sad and angry at his fate for being forced to marry someone he doesn’t love.

Ruo Xi finds herself becoming aware that her brother-in-law the 8th Prince appears to be developing feelings for her. This is perfectly fine in the Qing Dynasty, where one man has multiple wives and is allowed to marry sisters. What is sad is that her sister doesn’t reciprocate the 8th Prince’s love for her and their marriage was never anything but a bitter reality of one person completely disengaged, so it’s not like Ruo Xi is stealing her sister’s man. This sister, Ruo Lan, is an beautiful and kind woman who has become an empty shell since the man she really loved died in battle and she was forced to marry the 8th Prince.

13th Prince becomes best friends with Ruo Xi, a platonic and kindred spirits kind of friendship. While the 10th Prince is all happy-go-lucky, not terribly bright but a sweet guy, and 8th Prince is refined and gentle, 13th Prince is the so-called wild one, with a carefree personality that dislikes rules and restrictions, and finds himself curious about Ruo Xi’s talk of democracy and equality for all.

Ruo Xi’s interaction with 4th Prince is the most complex from the get go. Because she knows that he’s the ultimate victor in the battle for succession, she’s wary of him and prefers to keep her distance. 4th Prince seems outwardly the coldest and most arrogant of the lot, but he always talks frankly with Ruo Xi. She begins to intrigue him as he takes her attempts to keep her distance from him as a way to engage his interest further. Ruo Xi’s relationship with 14th Prince is the wild card, and ultimately one that is selfless and unrequited on his part.

Up to episode 10 of the drama, Ruo Xi has already spent a few years in the Qing Dynasty. At 16 she enters the palace to be part of the selection group of aristocratic Manchu girls to become a concubine for Emperor Kangxi. To prevent Ruo Xi from being selected, 13th Prince asks 4th Prince, while 8th Prince asks 14th Prince, to ask their mother, the powerful Empress De, to have Ruo Xi’s name crossed off the ledger. But the first wife of 8th Prince Ming Hui asks her sister-in-law the Empress Hui to do so as well. The two Empresses butt heads all wanting Ruo Xi to come serve them, so the compromise is that Ruo Xi becomes the tea-serving lady-in-waiting to Emperor Kangxi. Ruo Xi delights the Emperor, reminding him of a favorite daughter of his who has been married off. She gradually gains the opportunity to have the Emperor’s ear, which is both a blessing and a curse for her.

Going forward, Ruo Xi and 8th Prince actually fall in love. Initially reluctant to accept his feelings, once she decides to love him back, she tries to change his fate. She asks him to choose between giving up the battle for the throne or her, thinking his love for her will make him agree. He refuses, unable to accept such a choice. They break up bitterly.

14th Prince starts to fall in love with Ruo Xi, but he respects 8th Prince so much he doesn’t ever say anything to her. Before parting, Ruo Xi tells the 8th Prince to beware of the 4th Prince among others, giving 8th Prince a list of names of people he needs to be wary of if 8th Prince wants to become Emperor. By giving 8th Prince this information, Ruo Xi unwitting sets into motion EVERYTHING to come.

8th Prince and his gang plot to get rid of the 4th Prince. To protect the 4th Prince, 13th Prince steps into the trap and Emperor Kangxi has his 13th son placed under house arrest, which ends up lasting 10 years. Ruo Xi kneels outside in the pouring rain for 3 days and 3 nights to beg Emperor Kangxi to release her best friend 13th Prince from confinement. 14th Prince sees this and goes to beg his father as well.

The only concession Emperor Kangxi makes is to allow the girl 13th Prince is in love with to join in him the house arrest. During the 10 years, 4th Prince is angry and bitter at the other princely faction, while he and Ruo Xi gradually fall in love. The Emperor finally allows Ruo Xi back to serve him after 6 years washing clothes (as punishment for her refusal to marry 14th Prince), but her health has taken quite a beating doing hard labor.

4th Prince and Ruo Xi finally get together as she realizes that she loves him and he finally lets down his guard and confesses his feelings for her. Emperor Kangxi dies and his will decrees that his 4th son will get the throne. 4th Prince becomes Emperor Yongzheng and immediately starts punishing 8th Prince and his group for plotting against him (I’ll keep calling him 4th Prince still for consistency sake, but know he’s already Emperor by now). The is a rumor 4th Prince stole the throne and the Emperor meant to pass it to 14th Prince, so 4th Prince’s own mother Empress De refuses to accept her eldest son gets the throne over her younger son.

13th Prince is released from confinement, and he’s had a little girl with with his sweetheart during the intervening 10 years. 13th Prince no longer can treat 4th Prince like his elder brother, adopting a distant and respectful attitude towards the new Emperor. 13th Prince’s sweetheart finally kills herself because she cannot handle the stress of being looked down on by the other wives in the household, a truth which 4th Prince and Ruo Xi conceal from 13th Prince, who is already in deep grief thinking she has merely left him.

Ruo Lan falls ill and Ruo Xi is able to see her before she dies. Ruo Xi sees her sister worried about meeting her beloved in the after life when she is still the wife of 8th Prince in name, so Ruo Xi begs 8th Prince to divorce Ruo Lan and free her from her marriage vows. 8th Prince agrees and Ruo Lan passes peacefully. Ruo Xi finds herself admiring Ming Hui for her strength in sticking besides 8th Prince after he was stripped of power, and Ruo Xi also becomes friends with Ming Yu after so much time has passed. Ming Yu and 10th Prince have become adorable bickering spouses who have grown to love each other.

Ruo Xi becomes pregnant with 4th Prince’s child. 4th Prince is ruthless in getting rid of supporters of the other princes that are still left in the palace, and his cruel tactics make Ruo Xi increasingly disillusioned with him. 8th Prince’s first wife Ming Hui tells Ruo Xi that the reason 8th Prince plotted against 4th Prince initially was solely because of the warning Ruo Xi gave 8th Prince years ago, for 8th Prince to beware of 4th Prince. Ruo Xi realizes that she bears a huge responsibility for the tragedy that has happened, despite how careful she has been each step of the way not to interfere with history. Ruo Xi’s shock causes her to suffer a miscarriage.

4th Prince blames Ming Hui for causing Ruo Xi to be so upset as to miscarry his child and orders 8th Prince to divorce her (i.e. cast out his wife). 8th Prince has no choice but to comply once Ming Hui begs him to do so. But when he goes to deliver the papers, Ming Hui has killed herself by burning her own residence with her inside. 8th Prince is utterly devastated, and even 13th Prince cannot accept all of this is happening.

All of this, combined with Ruo Xi discovering that she cannot bear any children, makes her decide to leave the stifling palace. Ruo Xi confesses to 4th Prince and 13th Prince the truth, that she is the inadvertent cause of everything that happened. She was the one who told 8th Prince to be wary of 4th Prince, which caused 8th Prince to single out 4th Prince as his main rival. She tells 4th Prince to hate her, treat her as his enemy and let his vendetta against the other princes go, but 4th Prince refuses to process this information.

Years ago, 14th Prince had actually begged his father Emperor Kangxi to bestow Ruo Xi to him. Emperor Kangxi wrote a marriage decree, which very few people knew about because Ruo Xi told 14th Prince she wouldn’t marry him so 14th Prince kept the decree and didn’t release it. Kangxi was angry at Ruo Xi back then and punished her by making her become a washer woman for 6 years.

Ruo Xi finally tells 14th Prince that she is willing to marry him, sending him two simple words “I do.” 14th Prince marches to 4th Prince and reveals the marriage decree signed by Kangxi, which 4th Prince must honor. Everyone knows 4th Prince will never let Ruo Xi leave and will find a way to negate that marriage decree, so 8th Prince steps in. He goes to 4th Prince and tells him all about his love story with Ruo Xi way back when, including kissing and pledging their troth to each other. 4th Prince is so jealous and furious that he pushes Ruo Xi away, angry and disillusioned that Ruo Xi loved 8th Prince so much back then that she worried about his safety and told 8th Prince to beware of him.

Ruo Xi marries 14th Prince, who has always loved her and cherishes her after she becomes his wife. But by then she is very weak and quite ill. The time when she spent 3 days and nights in the rain to plead for the release of 13th Prince caused her to develop severe arthritis in the subsequent years, and her 6 years as a washer woman weakened her constitution even further. Coupled with the miscarriage, the royal doctor has told Ruo Xi that she only has a few years at most to live.

Ruo Xi spends the last few months of her life peacefully with the tender and kind 14th Prince, though they never consummate their marriage because she is so weak and distraught. In the days before her death, Ruo Xi knows her time is near. She writes a letter to 4th Prince and entrusts 14th Prince to deliver it to him.

14th Prince sees the letter and is stunned to discover that Ruo Xi’s handwriting is identical to 4th Prince’s, a testament to how much she loves him that she’s unconsciously adopted his every brush stroke. To avoid outrage (no one can mimic the Emperor’s writing, which is a treasonous offense), 14th Prince puts Ruo Xi’s letter in an envelope that he addressed to the Emperor. But 4th Prince is pissed at 14th Prince for marrying Ruo Xi, coupled with 14th Prince recently sending poems filled with hidden meaning meant to deride his older brother, so when he sees the letter, he doesn’t open it thinking it’s another annoying missive from 14th Prince.

Ruo Xi dies peacefully in the arms of 14th Prince as she cannot wait any longer for 4th Prince to come see her. 4th Prince receives her death notice 7 days later, via official updates about the deaths of notable Manchus. He’s completely distraught and goes to the 14th Prince’s residence and the brothers fight over the ashes of Ruo Xi, who asked to be cremated. 4th Prince and 13th Prince scatter her ashes in the mountains amidst the flowers she loved so much.

4th Prince finally sees the letter from Ruo Xi that was hidden in 14th Prince’s envelope. He’s stunned that Ruo Xi’s handwriting looks exactly like his. She tells him that he’s the man she’s only ever given her heart to. In the later years, 8th Prince and 9th Prince are imprisoned in the dungeons as 4th Prince becomes ever more bitter towards those brothers, blaming them for everything that happened.

13th Prince goes to see them and hands them poison, saying that this was what Ruo Xi asked be offered to them before she passed away. Both Princes commit suicide and end their suffering. 13th Prince dies a few years later, followed shortly by 4th Prince himself, whose 12-year reign as Emperor was the shortest in Qing history. 14th Prince lives on but does not find another wife. Only 10th Prince has a happy ending with his wife that he grew to love, watching Emperor Qianlong ascend the throne.

Credit goe to Ockoala

p. Zoua

sarNie Oldmaid
OMG, thanks for the spoiler. I'mma still watch it though I know how it will end now...kee kee...XD

And do anyone know where I can buy this series? I might get it.

p. Zoua

sarNie Oldmaid
If you find it on sale on any website, please tell me too. ^_^

I just love this series...finally something interesting to watch in years...XD


Mrs. Kim Junsu
more spoilers...
Yutan, we found out is actually 9th's spy. 9th had wanted to her to give him intel of what's happening in the Palace, ruin 4th's relationship with his son Hongshi, and use Ruoxi's relationship with 8th, 14th etc to cause a rift with Ruoxi and 4th. Of course 4th was very angry, he knew Yutan was working for 9th and warned her to stop, but she didn't. So he ordered her to be steamed alive. Ruoxi of course was extremely upset; she also failed to understand why he had used such an extreme way to execute Yutan. 4th had also killed a couple more people, eunuchs and maids, but I'll not get into that, think you all get the point.

Well, the main girl does die in the Qing Dynasty. She returns back to her modern times by waking up in a coma. She can't find any literature on (Rouxi) and doubted if she existed or if it was all a dream. One day she was walking and a flyer with the poster from the first episode where she had the accident flew by her. She was curious so she went to the museum and finally saw a picture that had all the prince, the king and a maid with the jade hairpin that 4th prince gave her, so she knew she existed. The modern day 4th prince saw her, but didn't know who she was. She was crying, so he asked if she knew him, but she didn't say anything so he walked away with modern day (Rouxi) crying watching him go.

ALL Credit goes to those people @Viki.com

p. Zoua

sarNie Oldmaid
Thanks again for the Spoilers. LOLXD

Sounds sad, but I'mma still watch it...words just aren't good enough for me...I needa see it...XD ^_^


sarNie Elites
is this the same storylines as last year palace? the one similar to boys over flower.


Mrs. Kim Junsu
is this the same storylines as last year palace? the one similar to boys over flower.
Peaches the storylines almost the same its very similar but they did do a little bit twist and turns. lol..you'll have to watch it to understand. Its a pretty good drama. :thumbsup:


Mrs. Kim Junsu
Thanks again for the Spoilers. LOLXD

Sounds sad, but I'mma still watch it...words just aren't good enough for me...I needa see it...XD ^_^

Zoua, me too words just arent good enough for me either so im going all the way....LMAO.....Im like in the middle already why not finish right? lmao

p. Zoua

sarNie Oldmaid
hee hee I know right? Might as well just go all the way.

BUT NOOOOOOOOOO HO HOOOO! They haven't eng subbed it yet...this is depressing... >_<
I wouldn't mind winging it but Chinese is hard, unlike Thai...blegh...it was getting to the good part.....
guess Imma have to wait patiently like everyone else...lmaoXD


Mrs. Kim Junsu
Another spoilers.........hahaha
If you guys don't need subs you can watch all episodes on sugoi. But supposedly several people have said that in a director/actor's interview they are going to show an alternate ending on HunanTV bc they filmed multiple endings. SOO the ep 35 ending that I watched along wit tons of BBJX fans MIGHT not be the actual ending. Supposedly, it is supposed to be a happy ending. So I'm waiting for the Hunan tv version of the last episode, not sure which website will have it though because most already have ep. 35 finale from the leaked DVD version.
I sure hope so or else i'll be mad...hahaha :thumbsup:

Credit goes to sushi1981 @Viki.com

p. Zoua

sarNie Oldmaid
oh damn I hope so too. Please post up which website have that ending if anyone finds out. ^_^

I wanna see both endings and compare and contrast. XD

p. Zoua

sarNie Oldmaid
Bu Bu Jing Xin is on YesAsia. i think it just got realeased...but then no eng subs?? Tat sucks..>_<

Here's another site that sells it too I think but it's all in chinese and wow, it includes posters and cards? I don't really care about the cards but one of those posters look awesome. LOLXD

I really don't want to buy it and then not understand it...lolXD maybe I might get the thai-dubbed version instead.