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"Our school is like a hell, all right. Because the school is set up by the four families of theirs. They want to develop them as the heirs of their families. So they can do whatever they want in the school. There's no one who dares to say a word."
Shan Cai explains the F4's control over Ying De.[src]

Ying De Academy[1] (Chinese: 英德學院; pinyin: Yīngdé Xuéyuàn) is a well-known college in Taipei, Taiwan. The school primarily caters to Taiwan's wealthy families. At one point, the school was under the control of the F4, a group made up of Dao Ming Si, Hua Ze Lei, Xi Men, and Mei Zuo.

Teng Tang Jing[2] and Dao Ming Zhuang are among notable alumni, with the latter being known as "legendary".[3] The school also gave out scholarships to lower class students.[4]


The elite school was opened in Taipei to primarily serve the upper crust of Taiwan. The fathers of Dao Ming Si, Hua Ze Lei, Xi Men, and Mei Zuo were on the school board and held considerable influence over the school.[3] Their four sons formed the clique known as the F4, and used their father's clout to rule the school. They generally frightened the other students and faculty into going along with their whims. If a student, like Ah Shu, stood up to or angered them, the F4 would give them a red card and the other students bullied them until they dropped out. Lower-class student, Dong Shan Cai was the first student to "declare war" on the F4, after receiving a red card.[5]

Si eventually fell in love with Shan Cai and the school became a calmer place. Nevertheless, the other students still feared his wrath and were quick to follow his orders.[6]



Behind the scenes

  • Ying De first appears in every episode of Meteor Garden, except the finale.
  • It is possible that Ying De is an escalator school, like in the manga. However, elementary, middle school, and high school divisions are never shown or referred to during the series.



See also

Taipei locations

Ying De Academy