New to Hua Chenyu

For those of you who came across Hua Chenyu videos or pictures on the Internet and are wondering about things like: Who is this guy? Or is that a girl? Why is he so adorable? Did he grow up with a kindle of kittens? And why is he such an amazing musician? Did he grow up eating records? Here’s a beginner’s guide to the wonderful, adorable mythical creature named Hua Chenyu.

Quick Introduction

Hua Chenyu (华晨宇 in Simplified Chinese, 華晨宇 in Traditional Chinese) is a famous Chinese singer, songwriter, and musician. Hua is widely known for his powerful vocals, dramatic stage performances, and genre-defying musical composition and arrangement skills.

Here are a bunch of videos to help you get a quick sense of his performance style and music proclivities.

For a complete biography on Hua Chenyu, head to the Biography page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How old is Hua Chenyu?

Hua Chenyu was born on February 7th, 1990. Hua suffers from a crippling childhood affliction known as baby face that makes him look more like 18 instead of. Here’s a video of Hua getting carded when buying alcohol aboard a Russian aircraft in 2017.

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How do you pronounce Hua Chenyu?

Hua Chenyu is written as 华晨宇 in Simplified Chinese, and 華晨宇 in Traditional Chinese. Click to listen to an audio clip of Hua Chenyu pronouncing his own name. Hua (华) is the family name. Chen (晨) means morning. Yu (宇) means universe. If you are learning Chinese, please note that Hua pronounces his own family name slightly incorrectly. The character Hua (华) is usually pronounced in the 2nd tone (as Hua does in the audio clip), but when used as a surname, it should be pronounced in the 4th tone. I guess Hua deliberately mis-pronounces it for the same reason as when English speaking people would say “Mr. Hua sounds like my father”. The 4th tone makes the name sound very formal while the 2nd tone sounds more casual and childish. I only added this note so that readers who are learning Chinese won’t be misled.

Does Hua Chenyu have social media accounts?

Hua has a Weibo (a twitter-like Chinese social media service) account. Click here to go to Hua’s offical Weibo. On October 5, 2019, Hua Chenyu’s official workshop set up an official Instagram account and an official YouTube channel. Click here to go to Hua Chenyu’s super topic on Weibo where users post Hua Chenyu-related news and discussions (it’s similar to the #hashtag function on twitter).

Hua Chenyu has a global fan club organized by fans that has branches all over China. It also has an overseas branch and a Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macao branch. Members of Hua Chenyu’s global fan club communicate via QQ, a Chinese messaging app created by Tencent. You can click here to download the app if you’re interested. Here’s the QQ chat group number for the overseas branch of Hua Chenyu Global Fan Club: 454868848. The chat group number for the Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macao branch is 207502284. You might be asked a few questions to prove that you’re not a robot and actually a Hua Chenyu fan when you apply to join the group. Each global fan club branch also has their own official Weibo account. You can go on Weibo and search for them.

Where can I listen to Hua Chenyu's music?

The upper half of this webpage has a curated list of Hua Chenyu songs. You can also listen to Hua’s music on the following platforms.

Note: Hua Chenyu’s label, EE-Media, mostly only publishes his music on Chinese music platforms, many of which are region-locked. Only a small portion of his music is available on western platforms. Go to the Albums page for a detailed discography.

How do I search for more information about Hua Chenyu?

Since Hua hasn’t done any promotion work outside of China, most information about Hua is in Chinese. Searching his Chinese name (华晨宇 in Simplified Chinese, 華晨宇 in Traditional Chinese) might yield more results than the English name. Although most big name search engines automatically account for both Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese instances of a searched character, on a more rudimentary search engine, searching for the given name 晨宇 might be a better choice than using the full name, since the given name is written in the same characters in both Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Just copypaste these three characters (华晨宇) that look like a rose, a dalek, and a malfunctioning umbrella into a keyword box and you’re good to go. Speaking of roses, here’s a gratuitous pic of Hua with a rose tattoo sticker on his neck.

Why do many people call him Hua Hua?

Hua Hua (Chinese: 花花) is Hua Chenyu’s nickname. It means flowers in Chinese. The nickname stuck mainly because Hua’s surname (华) sounds very similar to the Chinese character for flower (花), and his full name, Hua Chenyu, is kind of a mouthful and sounds a little too formal. The situation is vaguely reminiscent of Brandon Flowers, another babyfaced rock star with a flowery surname.

What's up with the Mars motif and the color red?

In Hua Chenyu’s first ever public appearance on Hunan TV’s Superboy 2013 audition, Hua sang a self-written song with no words, only varied forms of humming. The media dubbed it “The Martian Language” and called Hua “The Martian Boy”, since “from Mars” is a common Chinese expression describing weird or inexplicable things. The name stuck and Hua later branded his concerts “Mars Concert”. The iron-rich rocks prevalent on Mars give the planet a reddish hue. And the Chinese word for Mars means “planet of fire” literally, so Mars is typically represented by the color red in Chinese culture. Red has been the theme color in most of Hua Chenyu’s artwork designs. Hua Chenyu’s fans call themselves Martians, or sometimes ET for short.

Why is Hua Chenyu always eating on various shows he's been in?

Hua is a known foodie and living testament to the bottomless-pit theory about little boys and their stomachs (though he only looks like a little boy and is actually). He claimed to have once eaten an entire roasted pig. Hua’s one food kryptonite is pig’s blood cake. When Hua was in Taiwan, he got traumatized by the famous local delicacy and vowed to never set foot there again. Taiwanese Martians are still pretty hung up about that and have been making memes about the incident to this day.

Roasted Pig Allegedly Ordered by Hua Chenyu
OMG, what happened to his hair?!

Hua Chenyu treats his hair like schoolkids would treat a chemistry set — something to have fun and play with. Throughout the years, Hua has done many, many unspeakable things to his hair. Exhibit A:

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Just remember: Don’t panic and bring a towel.

Are Hua Chenyu's songs good for Chinese language learning purposes?

Yes. Hua Chenyu sings, raps, and speaks in a very standard Putonghua accent (the equivalent of received pronunciation in English) except when he’s goofing around. (He’d sometimes prank-call his friends in a fake accent.) Hua’s articulation is very clear and precise even when he’s rapping. If you’re a Chinese learner and want to challenge yourself by learning a Chinese rap song, Hua’s songs might probably be your only choice, since comprehensibility is an underrated quality in the Chinese rap scene. Many Chinese rappers rap in a non-standard Taiwanese accent (even the ones not originally from Taiwan tend to rap in a contrived Taiwanese accent). And many Chinese rappers tend to rap without tones. (Chinese is a tonal language.) The combination of the non-standard accent and the absence of tones makes many Chinese rap songs incomprehensible even to the native ear without referring to the written lyrics. Hua Chenyu raps with tones and in the standard Putonghua accent. He might not be the best rapper, but his rap verses are certainly among the most clearly articulated. Hua is one of the very few Chinese musicians whose rap verses are actually comprehensible without looking at the lyrics. Hua’s rap songs also have some of the most grammatically correct lyrics, since he’d typically outsource lyrics writing to a professional lyricist.

Has Hua Chenyu had any kung fu training?

Hua Chenyu learned Tai Chi when he was a kid. Other than that, there is no known information about Hua having any other kind of kung fu training. Hua was born in Shiyan, a small city located at the foot of the Wudang Mountains — the birthplace of Tai Chi and historic center of Taoism. Tai Chi is a mandatory course in all Shiyan schools. Hua grew up in Shiyan and learned Tai Chi when he was a schoolkid. He left Shiyan after he finished middle school. Hua showed off some of his Tai Chi moves in a promo event for the reality singing competition show The Coming One (明日之子). Hua was a judge on the show.

What does HCY48 stand for?

HCY48 is one of Hua Chenyu’s nicknames given by his fans. There is a famous c-pop girl group called SNH48 featuring 48 girls (though the real number is constantly changing), and a Hua Chenyu fan once joked that Hua Chenyu himself is the equivalent of a singing group since he is incredibly versatile and multi-faceted and incorporates so many different genres and styles into his music. HCY is Hua Chenyu’s pinyin (Chinese phonetic alphabet) initials, and 48 refers to the 48 different facets and personas of Hua Chenyu. The nickname has already evolved into HCY148 since 48 facets are not enough to describe Hua Hua anymore.

Is there any special meaning behind Hua Chenyu's logo?

Hua Chenyu’s fashion designer friend Jin Chongyu designed a logo/sign/symbol for Hua’s Mars concerts. The logo artistically stacks Hua’s pinyin initials (HCY) together and can be seen at Hua’s concerts and in various other Hua Chenyu-related art works.