Meteor Garden China vs Meteor Garden Taiwan: 5 Notable Details

The recurring story of love, friendship, family, and the constant struggle to go against the norm are revisited time and again in every version of “Meteor Garden,” which never failed to capture the hearts of viewers. If you’re a true MG fan, you will probably notice a few differences here and there. Why don’t go down memory lane with this cult classic and check them out.

  1. Different schools

In the Taiwan original, Shan Cai and the F4 went to Ying De University, which is actually the National Chung Cheng University (NCCU)  in Taiwan’s Chiayi province.  In the 2018 reboot, the story happens in Ming De University, which has a good reputation and is considered an elite school. It was shot in Xi’an JiaoTong Liverpool University in Shanghai, China.




  1. Longer reboot version

2001’s Taiwanese version ran for 27 episodes while the 2018 Chinese reboot was announced to have 48 episodes overall creating a longer and more complex storyline compared to all earlier versions.




  1. Younger Shan Cai and Dao Ming Si in 2018

The 2018 reboot features a younger cast of the two leads. Jerry Yan was 24 years old at the time while today’s Dao Ming Si, Dylan Wang is only 19 years old. While Barbie Hsu, the Shan Cai of the earlier version was already 25 and the reboot’s Shen Yue is only 21. A  true testament that love transcends all ages and everyone can be young at heart.




  1. No red card

There used to be a “red card” with F4 written on it, which is a warning for anyone who gets it in the way of the four alpha males in the campus. Instead, there is a transparent joker card but still with F4 written on it – a signal to whoever wants to challenge the top four guys to a bridge game. The loser will receive physical punishments ranging from cleaning the school for the whole semester to staying in the biology lab for the entire night.



  1. The 2018 reboot’s millennial twist

Modern touches were integrated in between scenes, such as the inclusion of smart phones, QR codes, selfies, livestreaming, and other millennial moments like the way they deliver lines now which is more adaptable for the current generation.


So which do you prefer? Did nostalgia hit you hard?  Did you fall in love with the 2018 reboot? Or does your heart still belong to the 2001 original?


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13 Comments on Meteor Garden China vs Meteor Garden Taiwan: 5 Notable Details

  1. Anonymous // June 2, 2020 at 12:11 pm //

    The 2018 version is so cringey to watch 🤮🤮🤮


  3. I like both.

  4. I like both version

  5. Anonymous // October 12, 2018 at 8:55 am //

    I like both

  6. MG original…🙂🙂😚😚😚

  7. i like meteor garden china

  8. Larmi Ann Banda // October 11, 2018 at 8:41 am //

    I love meteor garden.. 💖 Taiwan version.. The original.. 😘😘😘😘

  9. TonetDichosa // October 11, 2018 at 5:02 am //

    No other version can beat the original!!

  10. Love meteor garden Barbie Jerry Yan the best

  11. Ilainemarie idos // October 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm //

    Original version unbeatable

  12. I really love the Meteor Garden China..

  13. I Love the new version of Meteor Garden 🙂

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