Chinese Paladin 仙剑奇侠传 is a 35-episode Chinese TV series adapted from a role playing game that aired in 2005. It is considered a cult classic in the fantasy xianxia genre and I'm not the least bit surprised because it has everything that a fan can wish for, putting a lot of heart into a story (that can be cheesy at times) filled with adventure, magic, sword fights and breathtaking visuals.
Hu Ge (21) was a complete unknown and a majority of his co-stars that include Crystal Liu (16), Ady An (23) Eddie Peng (21) and Esther Liu (15) were also barely of legal age then but their youthfulness almost worked to their advantage to give a fresh, fun and earnest vibe, three things that resonated really well with its target audience.
In a way, you can almost assume that the acting is not going to be groundbreaking for a cast so green but they delivered a credible enough performance that is loved by many till this day.
I wouldn't call Chinese Paladin perfect, far from it, but there's no denying that it has that special something that worked so well the first time. By the way, I feel like Chinese Paladin also started the trend of pretty boys and gorgeous girls such that every other drama nowadays is chock-full of picture perfect idols, not complaining though.