16 Oct 2017
Kids of ‘Where Are You Going, Dad?’: Where are they now?
Chinese reality show Where Are We Going, Dad? premiered in 2013 and attracted over 75 million viewers per episode every week.
The show features five male celebrities and their children as they travel to rural places to complete different missions, and presents fathers with the opportunity of taking on a more active role of bonding with their children.
The currently-airing programme is now into its fifth season and features these father-child pairs: Jordan Chan and his son Jasper, Will Liu and his daughter Liu Yu Fu (Little Puff), Wu Chun and his son Max, and daughter Nei Nei, Du Jiang and his son En Heng as well as Deng Lun and his onscreen daughter Shan Zhu.
Ever wondered what happened to kids like Kimi Lin, Poppy, Jo and Grace who were featured in past seasons of the show? On the show’s fifth anniversary this year, we take a look at what these kids are up to today.
Read on for more!
Photos: PBE Media
16 Oct 2017
Season 4: Qing Qing (Cai Xuan Zheng), 6
Son of singer Cai Guo Qing
Qing Qing was known for being the ‘crybaby’ of season four, often being left in tears whenever he lost a mission or made an undesirable choice. However, he became more sensible over time and even looked after his fellow cast mates when their father fell ill. He also motivated his dad not give up but to continue with the mission even when he did not have the energy to carry on anymore.
The 6-year-old also showed the most improvement amongst the other as he grew from being a very dependent child to someone is very positive and who always takes the initiative to play with other children.
Qing Qing also moved not only the audience, but also his own father to tears when he serenaded the singer with the cover of his song, ‘When You Are Old’. Both father and son recently lent their vocals to a track in the action movie The One in January this year.
16 Oct 2017
Season 4: An Ji (Sha Jun Bo), 6
Son of actors Sha Yi and Hu Ke
An Ji was well-loved by the audience for his kind and caring personality. When his younger brother Jun Liang guest appeared in an episode, he made sure to take care of him by helping him wear his shoes for him, supporting him down the stairs and keeping him happy.
An Ji not only shared a strong bond with his brother but also with his father as he could often be seen playfully bullying Sha Yi, even mocking him for his bad singing and cooking skills.
Fans of An Ji can be glad that he has not left showbiz, even after the programme ended.
He has made quite a number of appearances just this year, starring in the third season of the Chinese cooking show Go Fridge, the second season of variety show Super Mum as well as often being present for events with his parents.
The 6-year-old has also sang the theme song for two movies this year, action movie North East Past: Po Ma Zhang Fei, as well as the cartoon Tea Pets.
16 Oct 2017
Season 4: Xiao Liang Zai (Tian Chen Yu), 6
Son of actor/former diver Tian Liang and singer Ye Yi Qian
Chinese actor Tian Liang made his second appearance on the programme with this then 5-year-old son, Xiao Liang Zai for the fourth season.
Liang Zai’s bright personality and cheery smiles prompted many to call him the ‘bright sun.’ He was also a very sensitive child who often questioned his dad if he loved him or his elder sister (Cindy) more.
However, despite his positive outlook, he’s a little bit OCD and would have a hard time whenever there are missions which required him to get dirty - Liang Zai would break out in tears and insist on washing off the dirt right after finishing the activity.
After their second appearance on the show, the family of four have released the audio of their New Year single, ‘Year of Happiness.’ Liang Zai appears to have inherited Yi Qian’s vocal abilities and is said to possess a very fresh and natural voice.
16 Oct 2017
Season 4: Cayla Janine, 7
Daughter of actors Christy Chung and Jon Yen
Cayla was the first participant in the programme to appear with her step-father, actor Golden Zhang.
She captured the hearts of many with her outgoing personality and demure mannerisms. She was also very caring and would help to look after the younger children. For example, she was the only child who stepped in to help when fellow cast mate Qing Qing could not find his father.
Cayla and Golden’s bond have strengthened since the show, where he thanked her for “trusting him and allowing him to feel selfless love.”
The feeling seemed mutual for Cayla as she got worried during an episode that he would not have enough to eat as he kept giving his food to her.
The 7-year-old has made appearances in various programmes since the show. It was also rumoured that she was planning to enter the entertainment industry under Christy’s guidance. She recently did a magazine cover alongside Golden, showing off her photogenic side.
Christy also shared a photo of Cayla making her movie acting debut on Weibo a few days ago, playing one of the smurfs in the movie The Smurfs.
Following Christy’s marriage to Golden, Christy had recently had Cayla’s surname changed from Yan to Zhang.
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16 Oct 2017
Season 4: Li Yi Hang, Cui Ya Han, 6 and 5 respectively
Paired with actor Jacky Heung and athlete Dong Li respectively
Who could forget Yi Hang and Ya Han, the first two kids paired with interim fathers on the fourth season, due to the ‘overuse’ of celebrities on the show?
Little Ya Han caught the attention of viewers very quickly with her catch phrase of “I am the best.”
Fans were delighted when she made a special appearance on the latest season of the show just recently, guest starring as the one who presents fellow cast member Deng Lun with the mission cards.
Both she and Yi Hang were from the same modelling company to begin with, and after the programme, they have participated in many commercials as well as received many invitations to be the model for various children fashion brands.
The pair will also co-star in the upcoming 2018 movie Where Are The Demons, with Yi Hang playing Nezha and Ya Han as the Little Dragon Girl.
16 Oct 2017
Season 3: Kang Kang (Hu Hao Kang), 9
Son of actor Hu Jun and Lu Fang
Kang Kang was only 6 when he participated on the third season of the show and was nicknamed the “ice king,” for his cold outer appearance but kind personality.
He was remembered by the audience for being the ‘oldest brother’ of the group as he would often take the initiative and offer his help to the other children whenever Hu Jun was absent to do so. In addition, he would also make an effort to cheer them up if they felt sad.
The 9-year-old is currently in primary school and sets time aside from his studies to accompany his father on various event appearances. Kang Kang even showed up to one of Hu Jun’s fan-meetings as his ‘assistant.’
Kang Kang has a full schedule, just like his dad. The young boy partook in a summer camp and in the Beijing International Parent-Child competition with Hu Jun, competed in a racing event for children and did a photoshoot with his sister and mother recently.
16 Oct 2017
Season 3: Da Jun (Lin Da Jun), 7
Son of actor Lin Yong Jian and Zhou Dong Qi
Da Jun was known as the life of the party on the third season, often cracking the crowd up with his smart jokes and witty comments.
Since the show, Yong Jian has begun spending more time with Da Jun in recent years as he felt that it had really improved their relationship. He also realised that he should focus less on work and instead, spend more time with his family.
Last year, the pair voiced the animated characters in the comedy movie New Happy Dad and Son 2: The Instant Genius.
They have recently appeared on TV again, this time as guests in the variety show Happy Sundays, with Yong Jian expressing his desire to bring Da Jun back to his hometown of Qingdao to visit his grandmother and also to learn more about his roots and culture.
The 7-year-old entered primary school this year and is following in his father’s footsteps to become an actor – he is currently a member of the Beijing Xinling troupe.
16 Oct 2017
Season 3: Noe, Nina, 7 and 5 respectively
Children of actor Liu Ye and Anais Martane
Another unforgettable duo on the show would be the siblings of French and Chinese descent, Noe and Nina, who often charmed the crowd with their angelic smiles. Noe was a delight from the start, he impressed many on the show with his active and playful imagination as well as his love for the novel ‘Journey to the West.’
Due to a clash in Liu Ye’s schedule in the fifth episode, Nina showed up as his replacement.
Being only the mere age of 2 at that time, she was afraid of unfamiliar surroundings and would often call out for Liu Ye. Thankfully, Noe would always be there for comfort her and keep his baby sister safe.
Unfortunately for fans of the duo, they would not be appearing on screen anytime soon. Liu Ye has expressed that he does not wish to put his children in the limelight anymore and even hopes that the public would ‘forget’ them.
“I do not like it when people shove their handphones in my children’s faces everywhere they go. They are too young to experience nor understand this. I have no intention of letting my children be child stars so I hope that now that the show is over, they would not get anymore unnecessary attention,” said the actor.
This could be due to the fact that Noe had recently started primary school just last month when Liu Ye posted a photo of him doing his work diligently. The actor revealed that Noe was studying at a school in Beijing and said that he would practice his Chinese spelling together with him in his spare time.
He also added that he hoped that Noe would not receive any ‘special treatment for being of a mixed race, and wanted him to be treated like any other normal Chinese kid.’
Many were quick to comment that Noe looked the same, with his tanned skin and boyish features, and joked that he had “spent too much time playing under the sun in the summer.”
Nina, on the other hand, recently entered a soccer competition started learning ballet.
16 Oct 2017
Season 3: Poppy (Xia Tian), 8
Daughter of anchor Chris Downs and actress Phoebe Huang
Canadian-Taiwanese Poppy was a big hit among the viewers of the third season, charming them with her gentle yet sensible personality.
Poppy has made several variety show appearances after the show, one of them being on the Chinese talk show Day Day Up alongside Chris and also in the variety show Second Generation.
The 8-year-old graduated from kindergarten last year and is currently in primary school. Her dad has expressed his hopes for her to fully focus on school and would therefore be withdrawing Poppy from the entertainment industry temporarily. He also said that she would not be making anymore appearances for the time being.
This could be due to Poppy’s busy schedule. Aside from attending school in Taipei, she is also juggling a handful of extra-curricular activities such as learning the piano, diving and tennis.
16 Oct 2017
Season 3: Xuan Xuan (Zhou Ming Xuan), 6
Son of boxer Zou Shi Ming and Ran Ying Ying
With his curly hair and boyish charms, little Xuan Xuan was a crowd pleaser with a competitive streak. He was also a very energetic and friendly boy and had no trouble making friends.
The 6-year-old had also picked up an interest in boxing (presumably from Shi Ming) and would often pretend to ‘pick a fight’ in front of the ‘village leader.’
Both Xuan Xuan and Shi Ming have made appearances in TFBoys and Meet the Parents; they have also done a fair share of photoshoots for magazines and attended several charity events.
It was reported that Xuan Xuan was currently studying overseas as the whole family had temporarily shifted to America to accomodate Shi Ming’s trainings in preparation for one of his boxing competitions. However, despite learning an additional new language, Xuan Xuan has not forgotten his Chinese roots.
The 6-year-old made a special appearance in the latest season of Where Are We Going, Dad? where he played assistant to village leader Li Rui. He helped to set up the necessary props, gave out the missions cards and was also in charge of waking the cast up.
16 Oct 2017
Season 3: Nana (Wang Zi Shan), 6
Daughter of actor Wang Bao Qiang and Ma Rong
Nana and Bao Qiang were a special pair, only appearing on the 9th episode of the third season.
Nana did not make many much friends nor talk much to others due to her shy and cautious personality. She was also reluctant to partake in the missions and could not bear to be far from Bao Qiang, even if that meant their team receiving a penalty.
Bao Qiang announced his divorce to Nana’s mother and his then-wife Ma Rong, after accusing her of having an affair with his agent, Song Zhe (who was recently arrested in Beijing for embezzlement on Sept 12) and even transferring some of their assets to him.
Following the ugly split, Ma Rong then deleted all the posts from the Weibo account she had created for Nana and changed her name from Wang Zi Shan to Zi Shan, seemingly removing all traces of her ex-husband.
However, it was reported that Ma Rong had refused to sign the divorce papers, on claims that she was still in love with Bao Qiang, leading many to call her out for only “marrying for the money.”
16 Oct 2017
Season 2: Christine Huang, 11
Daughter of actors Huang Lei and Leslie Sun
Christine proved herself to be a very intelligent girl even at the beginning of the second season. Being the eldest among the kids, she was the leader of the group and used her maturity to settle any issues and differences amongst the other kids.
The 11-year-old has grown considerably taller since her appearance on the show three years ago, and looks more feminine now. She has also developed her own sense of style, choosing to wear clothes that are not only simple but fashionable.
Christine is currently studying in a private school in Beijing and is fluent in English; she has also taken up learning the piano as a side activity.
Huang Lei has also mentioned that she acts like a mother to her two younger siblings and often sings praises of her younger sister, calling her the “cutest in the household.”
16 Oct 2017
Season 2: Feynman Ng, 9
Son of actors Francis Ng and Fiona Wong
Feynman stood out during the second season for being fluent in English and Cantonese but not in his mother tongue – Chinese. He was also one of the more reserved kid on set and rarely spoke out, mistakenly giving off an arrogant vibe.
However, the audience gradually grew a liking for his hard working personality and his cute banters with his dad, in which Francis would call him a ‘baby girl’ whenever Feynman was mistaken for being a girl.
However, the then 5-year-old pulled out of the show halfway after falling and injuring the corner of his left eye and has not returned since.
Fans still able to receive updates about Feynman from Francis’s social media accounts. The actor recently posted a picture of the family of three celebrating Feynman’s 9th birthday on Sep 27. He appears to no longer be able to claim the name of ‘baby girl’ as he now looks taller and stronger.
Francis also revealed that Feynman was wearing bigger clothes that were more suited for older children and cheekily joked that he hoped he would not “turn out to be a bully.” However, he assured viewers that Feynman had a very healthy diet and added that he was ‘afraid’ the 9-year-old would be taller than him soon.
Feynman recently graduated from the prestigious Hong Kong kindergarten, which only accepts around 40 applicants yearly.
16 Oct 2017
Season 2: Belle (Lu Yu Xuan), 9
Son of actor Lu Yi and Bao Lei
Belle became one of the more popular participants on the second season, not only among the audience but also with her fellow cast members. This could be due to her acting abilities and her striking features, giving her the appearance of a child model.
Belle is currently in primary school and does not appear to have changed much physically as seen from a recent photo posted by Lu Yi, which showed the pair walking home together after school.
Netizens have also noted that Belle’s younger sister, Ye Zi, looked like a carbon copy of her. They have also said that they could not wait to see these two appear on the big screen.
16 Oct 2017
Season 2: Joe (Cao San Feng), Grace (Cao Hua En), 9 and 7 respectively
Children of singer Gary Chaw and Wu Sou Ling
Grace was only 3 years old when she appeared on the second season of the show and would always burst into tears whenever she was apart from Gary and was inconsolable.
Joe, who was then 5-years-old, had to always step in and soothe Grace till she calmed down. He was always by his sister’s side but would hide in a corner when he was feeling troubled and kept to himself.
Due to their rising popularity from the show, Gary and Sou Ling decided to withdraw their children from the limelight temporarily to allow the two to have a normal childhood as they felt that entering the entertainment industry at a young age would not be beneficial for their education.
However, the couple would still share snippets of their family life on social media. Grace recently celebrated her 7th birthday on Sep 24 where Sou Ling expressed her happiness at seeing Grace grow up into a beautiful girl.
16 Oct 2017
Season 1: Yang Yangyang (Yang Wen Chang), 8
Son of gymnasts Yang Wei and Yang Yun
Yangyang was only 4 when he made his variety show debut, but he displayed maturity and was more independent than the average kid.
Following the addition of his twin sisters to the household this year, Yangyang has now been given the responsibility of the eldest sibling and can be seen helping to look after them when his parents were too busy.
Being the child of two successful gymnasts, it is no wonder that he has also developed an interest in the sport. The 8-year-old was recently spotted practicing gymnastics in March and was said to be preparing for an upcoming competition at the end of the year.
16 Oct 2017
Season 1: Shi Tou (Guo Zi Rui), 10
Son of actors Guo Tao and Raina Lee
As the eldest kid on set, Shi Tou took on the responsibility of being big brother like fish to water. He was always helping both the kids and their dads in their tasks. Shi Tou also remained very resilient even after fracturing his arm halfway, and did not complain about the pain but rather, endured it and completed his tasks. His perseverance and determination garnered him many praises from the audience.
Shi Tou has returned to his ‘regular kid’ life ever since the programme ended and has not made any other appearances. However, fans of him can still keep up with his life as Raina often shares photos of the family on social media and documents his growth.
The 10 year old is much taller than before now, but still remains a very caring boy inside. He could often be seen playing with his younger sister Isabella and is exceptionally protective towards her. This has caused many to joke that Shi Tou would probably be tougher on her future boyfriends as compared to their parents.
Shi Tou is currently learning both English and Chinese in a bilingual primary school. He has often been praised by Guo Tao for being a hardworking and diligent child with a keen interest for science.
16 Oct 2017
Season 1: Tian Tian (Zhang Yue Xuan), 10
Son of model Sean Zhang and Kou Jing
Tian Tian was known as a ‘troublemaker’ at the start of the show for his fussy tantrums, but changed for the better over the course of the show and began helping others, earning himself the nickname of ‘Warm Boy.’
He put a smile on the audience’s faces whenever he specially picked out leaves from the Setaria Viridis (which looks like a fox’s tail) and gave it to Sean as a consolation gift when the pair did not win in games. He also took the blame for breaking the eggs so as to protect his dad from getting into trouble (and receiving a harsher penalty), displaying his mature and sensible side.
Four years on, Tian Tian has grown into a fine gentleman and was seen holding up his jacket and sheltering a girl from the rain in a photo posted by Sean.
Sean also revealed that whenever he got into arguments with his mother, it was Tian Tian who advised him to talk properly to his elders and reminded him that life was short and to cherish the ones around him.
The 10-year-old would even take his father shopping to look for a gift to make peace with his grandmother. He even gave her a handmade necklace to cheer her up, really living up to his nickname of ‘Warm Boy.’
Tian Tian has had no short of offers after the show and has followed in Sean’s footsteps by being the spokesperson of a child’s clothing brand. He has also starred in the 2015 fantasy film Monster Hunt and participated in various variety programmes.
16 Oct 2017
Season 1: Cindy Tian, 9
Daughter of actor/diver Tian Liang and singer Ye Yi Qian
Tian Liang’s first appearance on the show was with his then 5-year-old daughter Cindy, in the first season. Cindy instantly became a fan favourite when she surprised many with her athlete abilities which did not match up to her ladylike appearance. She was not afraid to partake in any kinds of physical activities such as tree climbing or running.
She seemed to have inherited Tian Liang’s physical stamina as she outdid her fellow cast mates in all the sports events – from swimming, tennis, badminton and skateboarding, to list a few.
Cindy also excels musically as she is able to play the violin. She is currently in primary school and learning English in the renowned British International School, which she enrolled in two years ago.
16 Oct 2017
Season 1: Angela Wang, 8
Daughter of director Wang Yue Lun and actress Li Xiang
Despite being the youngest of her fellow child cast members on the first season (she was 3 at that time), Angela proved herself to be very independent as she hardly cried nor made a fuss on the show and also did not cause her father much trouble.
She would also always take the initiative to interact with the other children and played the role of big sister to fellow cast mate Kimi Lin, despite him being a year older.
Her positive and bright attitude grew on the audience and she was an instant hit with advertisers, receiving plenty of endorsements opportunities, , including an invitation to the Paris winter fashion show. She later also became the first Chinese child star to walk alongside renowned designer Ralph Lauren in his first children runway show.
Angela was also the flower girl at celebrity couple Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy’s fairytale wedding in 2015.
Being the daughter of two celebrities, she appears to have inherited her parents’ acting abilities. She made a guest appearance in the 2015 action movie From Vegas to Macau II as Nick Cheung’s onscreen daughter and also played the role of Miriam Yeung and Francis Ng’s daughter in the drama Girl of the Big House last year.
Angela is currently juggling primary school alongside her extra-curricular activities. In addition, she is able to speak English, ice skate and do horse-riding. Pretty impressive for a young girl who’s only 8 this year.
16 Oct 2017
Season 1: Kimi Lin, 8
Son of actor Jimmy Lin and model Kelly Chen
Kimi made a household name for himself by participating on the debut season of the show when he was just 4. He was known as a very shy boy who was initially always “super-glued” to his father. However, fast forward three years and it appears that Kimi has now grown into a sensible role model for his younger brothers.
He could often be seen taking care of his 2-year-old twin brothers (Jenson & Kyson) and would also play the mediator whenever the twins were arguing.
The 8-year-old was also dubbed a ‘mini-helper’ by Jimmy as he often helped to look after his brothers by assisting Jimmy during their bath and meal times.
However, fans of Kimi have not been able to see him on their television screens as Jimmy has been very protective and kept him out of the limelight ever since the show stopped, to respect his privacy and for him to lead a normal life. The actor also ruled out having Kimi tag along for any future projects.
Jimmy would also avoid showing Kimi’s face in pictures on social media and would only focused mainly on his back view or side profile. However, many have pointed out that he had inherited his parents’ good genes, such as his mother’s tall figure as well as his father’s natural bushy eyebrows.
Jimmy Lin’s son is now his mini helper