Last Friday, the reunion of the cast from TV drama Journey to the West on the talent show Trump Card has stirred up a wave of nostalgia in Chinese social media platforms, including Sina Weibo and WeChat.
Nostalgia意为“对往事的怀念”、“怀旧”。英文中nostalgic意为“怀旧的、对往事怀念的”，如：The country music style song has a nostalgic tone（这首乡村音乐歌曲有着怀旧的曲调）。类似的表达方式还有reminiscent，但这个词更强调“喜爱追忆往事的”。
The cast members from Journey to the West echoed the TV viewers’ opinions.
“I always want to find a chance to reunite with other artists, but it is hard to achieve that little goal. Now here comes a chance, and I really want to express my appreciation for the talent show,” said actor Zhang Jinlai, who played the Monkey King in the show and is known by his stage name Liu Xiao Ling Tong.
“When we replay some of the classic scenes, many audience members were moved to tears and clapped with all their might. I still feel proud to be part of the drama,” said Ma Dehua, the actor who played Zhu Bajie in the TV show.
The classic fantasy Journey to the West is adapted from the classic novel of the same title. As one of the four great classics of Chinese literature, the novel is a greatly embellished recounting of a real pilgrimage made during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) by Buddhist monk Xuanzang, as he traveled to India in search of sacred scriptures.
With a dragon-prince in the form of a white horse as his steed, Xuanzang is accompanied on his quest by three disciples, the "Monkey King" Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing.
The series was first broadcast on CCTV in 1980s. The series became an instant classic in China and is still being praised as the best and most authentic interpretation of the novel.