Tong Hua

Posted by : foongpc | Saturday, October 2, 2010 | Published in

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Have you heard of this song Tong Hua (童話) sung by Malaysian singer Michael Wong (王光良) ?

It is one of the most popular Chinese songs ever in the world, making it to the top of the Baidu 500 for a record 15 weeks right after it was released as a single in January 2005.

Translated to English, Tong Hua means Fairy Tale.

Composed and written by Michael Wong himself, this song has a simple but very nice melody. Perhaps because of its simplicity, many people like to sing it, making it a top song on the karaoke charts for many years.

Here's a music video of the song. You may need to increase the volume a little as the audio quality is not very good.



This video had generated much debate as many people believed it was based on a true story about a girl who died of blood cancer. As such, this song had moved many to tears.

The song was so popular that it was even recorded in the Malay version by young and upcoming Singaporean singer Aliff Aziz. However, the lyrics were changed and the title was called Cinta Arjuna.

Watch the video here.



After listening to this song many times, I decided to try and play it on the piano. I love to improvise a song I hear to make it sound a little different from the original and that's what I had done for this one.

As usual, my playing is not perfect, in fact I think I was rushing in certain parts, but I hope you will enjoy it! Thank you for listening!



FIRST COMMENTER

(77) Comments

  1. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    morning Foong!

    October 3, 2010 at 9:38 AM
  2. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    eih? am i chopped??? O.O

    October 3, 2010 at 9:38 AM
  3. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    yea! memang got certin part fast a bit! LOL! me sing halfway oso lari dy. haha but overall its nice to hear! ;)

    October 3, 2010 at 9:39 AM
  4. Caroline Ng May Ling said...

    more songs up please!!! hehehe :3

    October 3, 2010 at 9:39 AM
  5. wenn said...

    wow, u r good with music.

    October 3, 2010 at 9:52 AM
  6. Tekkaus said...

    Yes, of course I have heard this song of his. :D

    October 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM
  7. Tekkaus said...

    Wow...his song managed to make it into top 500 of baidu? Goodness...he is really good! :)

    October 3, 2010 at 11:06 AM
  8. Tekkaus said...

    I used to sing this song for my wife. I love the MV too. Very meaningful. :)

    October 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM
  9. Tekkaus said...

    Really? The video is based on a true story. Wow...Is she related to Micheal?

    October 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM
  10. Tekkaus said...

    Ouh...so Cinta Arjuna was ripped off from Micheal's fairy tale? :p

    October 3, 2010 at 11:09 AM
  11. Tekkaus said...

    I thought you played it well bro. I can't even detect any "impurity". :p maybe because I don't know how to play piano.

    October 3, 2010 at 11:10 AM
  12. Tekkaus said...

    Anyway enjoy your Sunday ya. :D

    October 3, 2010 at 11:10 AM
  13. [SK] said...

    yeah, of course i've heard this song before!! it was such a hit back then..

    October 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM
  14. [SK] said...

    but frankly, i really don't think this song is super nice, just a normal song to me lah..

    October 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM
  15. [SK] said...

    no idea why it became such a hit, haha!! and i actually don't quite like the voice of Guang Liang, a little too lady~~ :p

    October 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM
  16. [SK] said...

    i'm OK with the song actually, but since after it become a big hit, i get tired of listening to it from all the bombard from radios and shopping malls.. haiz!!!

    October 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM
  17. [SK] said...

    wow, you are cool, just listen and can play the piano version of the song!! i admire your talent~~ :D

    October 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM
  18. Shingo T said...

    I always associate this song with Guang Liang. Never a big fan of "slow songs", but this is one that I love.

    October 3, 2010 at 11:43 AM
  19. Ayie said...

    another masterpiece from foong =)

    goodnight from here!

    October 3, 2010 at 1:45 PM
  20. Reanaclaire said...

    wow..foong..so this is your edited version... can be played in a movie show as background music...
    my eldest son loves this song.. he can sing it all even though he doesnt know mandarin.. hahaha..

    October 3, 2010 at 4:36 PM
  21. Tekkaus said...

    Just FB like and RT this bro. :D

    October 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM
  22. Eric Lee said...

    this is nice!! XD keep it up

    October 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM
  23. ErikaToh said...

    Tong Hua is a pretty sad song...I always cry when I listen to it... :( Anyway, that's a nice number from you, panda~ xD

    October 3, 2010 at 7:53 PM
  24. ErikaToh said...

    Erm...I didn't know pandas are good in music, least play a piano! xP

    October 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM
  25. ErikaToh said...

    I wonder what else are you good at, panda? ^^

    October 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM
  26. ErikaToh said...

    You sure have a lot of surprises up your sleeves~ xD Wee~

    October 3, 2010 at 7:56 PM
  27. ErikaToh said...

    Go PandaMan! Muawhahahaha! You're spammed! :P

    October 3, 2010 at 7:57 PM
  28. HappySurfer said...

    *Applause* Great playing, Foong. For a moment I was transported to a piano lounge. Thank you for the music.

    We know how well you play the piano, now we'd like to hear you play and sing. Next number, yeah? Better still upload it to YouTube so that we can also embed it on our blog. How about that, eh?

    October 3, 2010 at 11:21 PM
  29. lina said...

    No related comment here.

    Just wishing you a Happy Monday!!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 8:48 AM
  30. khengsiong said...

    Aiya... can't watch video in office. Home internet connection is too slow >.<

    October 4, 2010 at 9:02 AM
  31. Merryn said...

    No wonder it was raining heavily past couple of days.. Carol has been SINGING!!!!!!!!!

    @_@

    October 4, 2010 at 11:51 AM
  32. Life Ramblings said...

    i love Tonghua. it's one of my all time favourites. would love to hear your piano version but unfortunately, internet connection is too slow moving.

    October 4, 2010 at 5:03 PM
  33. Kelvin said...

    Its good :)

    October 4, 2010 at 6:59 PM
  34. Bananazஇ said...

    I likey..did you put your handphone on top of the piano can get better sound effect? haha..tQ

    October 4, 2010 at 7:46 PM
  35. Tine said...

    hey there!
    the song is really nice... good thing there's a translation. plus i sooo love your own version. how i wish i could play the piano too. :D

    October 4, 2010 at 8:18 PM
  36. Mei Teng said...

    Never heard of this song. I don't listen to Chinese songs.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:37 PM
  37. fufu said...

    wow you play pretty well!!! teach me piano!!

    October 5, 2010 at 7:31 AM
  38. fufu said...

    FOC...be my piano teacher...mr. panda!!

    October 5, 2010 at 7:31 AM
  39. Donna said...

    hello.. good morning... =.=

    October 5, 2010 at 7:35 AM
  40. Donna said...

    eh... i still read your blog leh..
    i've been religiously follow the 7 stages of the disease!!

    October 5, 2010 at 7:36 AM
  41. Donna said...

    just got lazy to comment only.. hehehehehe... pls forgive my laziness...

    October 5, 2010 at 7:38 AM
  42. Donna said...

    the the song u play.. kena block already.. Zz

    October 5, 2010 at 7:38 AM
  43. Donna said...

    so i cannot listen!
    and hey~ i know how to play piano version tong hua also.. hehehe..
    but in C major only la.. Zzz.. very lauya one

    October 5, 2010 at 7:42 AM
  44. bluedreamer27 said...

    i am not so familiar with any malaysian songs...

    October 5, 2010 at 9:20 AM
  45. bluedreamer27 said...

    but is it true that our very own Christian Bautista is making his name their in Malaysia?

    October 5, 2010 at 9:20 AM
  46. bluedreamer27 said...

    Carmen Soo, she is a malaysian right? Because she had once a drama series here in our country opposite with our Jericho Rosales...

    October 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM
  47. bluedreamer27 said...

    have a great day foong and happy blogging

    October 5, 2010 at 9:22 AM
  48. iamthewitch said...

    Wahh you're a genius! Marvellous playing!! And I love Tong Hua!

    October 5, 2010 at 12:12 PM
  49. Twilight said...

    Wah you are musician! Clap! Clap! clap! Well done!

    October 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM
  50. poorprince said...

    I'm not familiar with Malaysian songs
    but i love slow songs i relaxes me so much

    October 5, 2010 at 3:41 PM
  51. poorprince said...

    i also heard what bluedreamer said
    our own christian bautista was quite visible on Malaysia?

    October 5, 2010 at 3:42 PM
  52. poorprince said...

    have a great day

    October 5, 2010 at 3:43 PM
  53. Mariuca said...

    morning! wakey wakey Panda bear!

    October 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM
  54. Mariuca said...

    Oh I donno this song ....

    October 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM
  55. Mariuca said...

    And I don like Aliff oso.... :( tak best pun dia...

    October 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM
  56. Mariuca said...

    But I am STILL waiting for my SAMSONS' song on da piano la wei! :D:D:D

    October 5, 2010 at 5:18 PM
  57. mNhL said...

    love this song. Even kids love to sing it too. You played very well le....

    October 5, 2010 at 5:19 PM
  58. Monica said...

    i love this song!!! and i don't get tired of listening :D

    October 5, 2010 at 5:53 PM
  59. Monica said...

    but i ve never heard of the Malay version before haha..

    October 5, 2010 at 6:02 PM
  60. Bengbeng said...

    i like yr rendition of the song

    October 5, 2010 at 6:19 PM
  61. LadyJava said...

    listening now Foong

    October 6, 2010 at 2:20 AM
  62. LadyJava said...

    Ok after listening I actually like the Chinese song better.. am not a great fan of Aliff although he's Singaporean.. ooppss sorry Aliff..hehe

    October 6, 2010 at 2:26 AM
  63. LadyJava said...

    wahhhh.. applause applause Foong.. you play very well leh.. i love it!! bravo!!!

    October 6, 2010 at 2:27 AM
  64. Bill said...

    Nice song foong very well done my friend.

    October 6, 2010 at 2:45 AM
  65. bluedreamer27 said...

    yikes.. i can't even play any instrument... you are so talented panda..

    October 6, 2010 at 8:01 AM
  66. RoseBelle said...

    Definitely have seen this youtube of the song. My 8 year old daughter showed it to me. She found out from her brother. The song is truly beautiful. My daughter who was learning piano at the time tried to play the song on the piano. It didn't sound anything like it but at least she tried.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:10 AM
  67. jam said...

    You got big talent, my friend! I should have asked you to play us songs during our trip!

    October 8, 2010 at 12:51 PM
  68. Hanging lamps said...

    yeaaah peoplee, i cant be likee the slutt so i cant sit in his lap :) yeah and its a adult game im not a slut its just a game....

    October 8, 2010 at 2:42 PM
  69. Carol said...

    It seems that you are really very talented, just keep the good work, very nice song...

    October 12, 2010 at 2:54 PM
  70. Atsne said...

    I have never heard this song and frankly speaking this is the first time I came across this song. But after hearing the song, I will definitely say that the lyric is well composed but the wordings is out of my reach.

    October 22, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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