In the early 1990s, there were "Four Big Actresses" in the entertainment showbiz, they were Lin Qinxia (Brigitte Lin), Zhang Manyu (Maggie Cheung), Wang Zuxian (Joey Wong) and Hu Huizhong (Sibelle Hu). But one-by-one faded away from ET world and settled down, now the only one left is Maggie Cheung).
In 2000, a new set of "Four Young Actresses" were introduced, they were Zhang Ziyi, Vicki Zhao Wei, Xu Jinglei, and Zhou Xun. Eventually, these four actresses also became the new "Four Big Actresses" of 2000. However, in recent years, there has been several rearrangement within the top ranks. Xu Jinglei seemed to be fading away and replaced by Fan Bing Bing. Within the movie industry, there have been talk that Shu Qi will soon replace Zhou Xun, wrapping up 2000 to 2009 decade.
Soon of course, when 2010 arrives, there will be new "Four Big Actresses" to replace the former. Within these last 3 years, we have seen some faces with potential. Let us all wait for these young actresses to bloom – Liu Yifei, Yang Xin, Hu Jing, Sun Li, Li Qian, and Huang Shengyi.