C-drama A Dream of Splendor was a HUGE hit when it aired a few months ago but the buzz really died down once it finished, perhaps signaling that the drama doesn’t have long legs. Doesn’t matter much as it delivered the viewership during its run and cemented Crystal Liu in her A-list status and Chen Xiao for still picking great projects. I do recalling supporting actress Lin Yun getting trolled heavily for her bad acting but that’s not a surprise, but it did lead to a genuine rookie breakout getting attention now that the drama is done and people have time to assess the strengths and weaknesses as a whole. A 20-year old Xinjiang born actress Jia Nai (her stage name her real name is Nazhakaiti Maihemuti) was one of the teahouse courtesan contingent in the drama and apparently was quite striking in her onscreen presence and showcased excellent acting. She’s currently still a student at the prestigious Central Academy of Drama so keep an eye out for this fresh face. She can be seen next in Romance of Twin Flower and in 2023 she has a role in the next drama adaptation of Chinese Paladin the drama Sword and Fairy.