PingXie (Chinese: 瓶邪), short for Men You Ping x Wu Xie (Chinese: 闷油瓶 x 吴邪) is the most popular pairing of Daomu Biji. Rising to fame since the early days of the novel, the pairing is a reason for many fans getting pulled into starting this gigantic series. The amount of fan materials dedicated to this ship is sensational. At one point in time, PingXie was even named as “China’s national couple”.
And until today, 14 years after the novel’s start, the PingXie ship is still going strong.
Bearing in mind that this pairing is not canon and the novel is obviously not BL, just exactly what makes everyone so emotional the moment PingXie is mentioned?
To answer that question, we would need to walk through at least 500+ chapters of Main Story (￣□￣」). In a bid to quickly explain the PingXie phenomenon, this post brings to you some of Men You Ping and Wu Xie’s most commonly-quoted excerpts.
Then you may see why PingXie is our obsession.
Other posts in this series: Part 2: PingXie Excerpts from Sequels
“Whether the truth is bearable or not can be judged by that person himself,” I said, “Perhaps it’s not that other people want to protect you – what if they just want to die? Do you understand the pain of not knowing the truth?”
Men You Ping went silent and we didn’t speak for some time. He finally said, “I understand,” then looked at me, “And I understand it far better than you. Compared to you, I have even more things that I want to know, but I don’t have anyone to grab like you.”
I remembered now that his memories were lost. I felt like slapping myself as the thought came over me, Of all things to compare myself to him, why do I choose this…
He continued, “I’m a man with no past or future. All I want to do is to find my connection with this world. Where do I come from, why am I here?” He looked at his own hands, “Can you imagine that if I disappear from this world, no one will find out, as if I have never existed, without a single trace left behind? Sometimes I look into the mirror and wonder if I do exist, or am I just a phantom of a person?”
I was speechless. I pondered for a while and replied, “You don’t have to exaggerate it like that. If you disappear, at least I will know.”
– Part 5: 蛇沼鬼城 / Ghost Kingdom Of The Snakes
He quietly leaned back on the greenstone and said in a nonchalant tone, “He and I won’t be able to go with you.”
“What nonsense are you blabbering?” I chided at him.
He looked at me and smiled faintly, “Luckily you didn’t have to die because of me…”
I was stunned. His body shook up and he spurted out a big churn of blood.
“You…” I felt a loud bang in my head.
He still looked at me with that smile, his head slowly tilting down. He sat there as if he was casually resting. However, everything went completely silent.
– Part 7: 邛笼石影 / Deadly Mansion, Mystic Cave
Thinking about it, Pangzi walked over and pulled the pile. I saw Xiao Ge, his faced buried in the clothes.
I stumbled and my body stiffened. At that moment, my mind went blank.
I couldn’t describe that emptiness in my heart. Suddenly I just did not know what I should do.
Xiao Ge died?
What a joke.
He really is dead? This must be the ultimate joke.
“Wake up, we’re home,” I patted his face. Inexplicably, I felt a bit funny. I turned and smiled and Pangzi, “Look at Xiao Ge.”
“I know,” Pangzi said. His voice was very low.
At that moment, my hands began shaking uncontrollably. I looked at my hands and realised I couldn’t feel any sorrow. My consciousness hadn’t yet caught up with the truth, but my body instinctively reacted to the despair.
My heart screamed, My f***ing God, Xiao Ge is really dead. Men You Ping is really dead!
There was such a possibility in this world: That Men You Ping could actually die.
This ancient mansion of the Zhang family was truly powerful. I thought Ghostman was only giving us a scare, but everything turned out shockingly true. Men You Ping was always incredible – like a miracle. His death suddenly made people realise that the world had become extremely real and cruel. Couldn’t all miracles be eternal? Still, there was no such thing as a miracle. Everything was a coincidence, and now the coincidence was no longer around.
After a while, I began to feel a shade of sadness. I felt that my instincts would collapse soon, but I could still sense that discomfort as my emotions tightened up. I was aware that I must not let my emotions take the better of me. If I subdued to this sadness, I might die here.
The feeling in my heart was strange. It wasn’t just sadness. I didn’t know if people could comprehend this complexity.
I always wondered what it would be like if Men You Ping died. I thought that perhaps it would be very sad. Maybe because I had too many thoughts and placed lots of pressure on my mental state, I became a little numb. But I believed that I could afford a moment of numbness now. The truth was right before my eyes, but this strange emotion was something that I couldn’t grasp hold of.
After that, my mind was all tangled up. I didn’t know if I should be sad or I should pretend to calm down and hold back the pain. Finally the former took the upper hand. As I stayed by his side, I didn’t do anything but kept staring at him.
– Part 9: 大结局 / Grand Finale
After helping to touch up some support for his broken arm, I said, “No matter what you’re going to do, you must want to end up in a certain place, but in your current situation, you may die halfway. I think you should first recuperate. We might as well head back.”
He shook his head and said quietly, “This is a small matter. Let’s go.”
I said, “Your arm is like this because you saved me. If this causes your plan to fail, I will have so much regret. So I have to go with you.”
He said, “Then I will still use the method that I told you last night.”
“Do whatever you want. If you really want to knock me out, I won’t say anything about it. But I hope you know that if you need someone to accompany you until the end, I will not refuse.” I said. “I want to accompany you. This is my own decision, so you don’t have to worry about it.”
– Part 9: 大结局 / Grand Finale
“I have to go back to where I should be,” he said.
“Where are you going? Is it far?” I asked. He picked up the chopsticks, silently took a bite and nodded.
“Then you’re coming here to…” I rarely talked to him in this serious manner. I felt embarrassed, so I added in bits and pieces to follow with the conversation.
“I’m here to say goodbye,” he said. “Now that everything was all over, I thought about my connection with this world and realised – it’s only you.“
– Part 9: 大结局 / Grand Finale
Translator and reviewer at Strictly Bromance blog. In essence, she lives to indulge in plot-driven stories sprinkled with camaraderie and slow-burn drama-free romance, especially more so if they belong to adventure, mystery or supernatural genre. A trope that she always thirsts after: “Comrades who go through life and death together”.