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"Our school is like 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 (Chinese: 英德學院; pinyin: Yīngdé Xuéyuàn)[1] is a well-known college located in Taipei, Taiwan. The school 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 and Dao Ming Zhuang are among the notable alumni.


The elite school was opened in Taipei to primarily serve the upper crust of Taiwan. It was originally set up by the four families of Dao Ming Si, Hua Ze Lei, Xi Men, and Mei Zuo.[2] Their fathers were all on the school board and thus held considerable influence over the school.[3] Some students, such as Li Zhen, were able to attend Ying De on scholarship.[4]


Dao Ming Zhuang graduated from Ying De in the school's sixteenth class. She was considered "legendary" among the students even years later.[3] Si, Lei, Xi Men, and Mei Zuo had become known as the F4 by the time they had started attending Ying De. They used their fathers' influence clout to essentially do whatever they pleased. As such, the F4 was generally feared by the other students and even the faculty. If a student stood up to or angered them, the F4 would give them a red slip. One such student was Ah Shu. He was bullied by the student body and ultimately decided to leave Ying De. Dong Shan Cai was the first student to "declare war" on the F4 after receiving a red card.[2] Shan Cai's friend Chen Qing He became a victim of the F4 shortly after transferring to Ying De.[5]

Ying De hosted a spring break trip to Hawaii. A new term started when the students returned. Si issued an order for the students to stop bullying Shan Cai.[4] Some days later, photos of Si and Shan Cai were posted on the school's notice board, leading the student body to assume they were dating.[6] Not long after this revelation, photos of Shan Cai with a foreigner were put on the notice board. Students began bullying Shan Cai again until Si finally stepped in. Si later punished all of the students who had directly hurt Shan Cai.[7] Several days later, there was a rift in the F4. Si attempted to blackmail the principal into expelling Lei and Shan Cai but Zhuang stopped him. The matter was settled through a game of basketball with Zhuang acting as referee. It resulted in no one leaving Ying De.[3]




Behind the scenes[]


  • Ying De is the main setting of Meteor Garden (2001) and appears in every episode of the series.
  • Filming for the school took place primarily at National Chung Cheng University[8] and Tamkang University.[9]
  • 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.



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