Lee Min-ho hits it big in ChinaHallyu star Lee Min-ho, who leapt to fame around Asia with the 2009 drama “Boys Over Flowers,” appears to be growing ever more popular in China.
Lee’s duet, a Cantonese version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” with Chinese-Taiwanese singer Harlem Yu had 40,000 downloads within 30 minutes of its release and sat at No. 2 on the QQ chart, China’s most popular online music outlet, yesterday.
Lee and Yu sang the song on China Central Television’s Lunar New Year special show, “Spring Festival Gala.”
In addition, a video clip of Lee Min-ho from the show topped one million viewers within five days.
Lee currently has more than 18 million followers on his Weibo page, the Chinese microblogging service that is similar to Twitter.
The Chinese entertainment industry seems to be surprised at such a frenzy, covering Lee’s visit on CCTV’s evening news prior to its broadcast.
Lee thanked the staff at the “Spring Festival Gala” for giving him the opportunity to meet Chinese fans. “I felt quite honored to be invited to the show,” Lee said. “It was a pretty meaningful New Year celebration for me, being able to promote Hallyu to Chinese viewers.”
By Kim Hee-eun, contributing writer