It’s been a few months since Story of Yanxi Palace 延禧攻略 ended, and it continues to reap the rewards of success especially now that it’s the year end and award shows are rounding up their top picks. Today, the show has become the top trending topic on Weibo once again coincidentally because of how well it trended elsewhere.
Google has revealed its Year in Search 2018 which listed the trending items for the year. According to the rankings, Story of Yanxi Palace was the #1 trending TV show in the world especially in places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia.
As a fan of dramas, I feel that k-drama is ultimately the more popular choice among international viewers. Mainland Chinese viewers don’t even use Google, so this win is an unexpected surprise. Yu Zheng and the cast and crew really deserve all the praise for turning what was initially an underdog into a global phenomenon. A big congrats!