Actually, I believe within China and Taiwan, Zhang Ziyi isn't liked very much, if at all. She appears to be very big with Westerners, and I'll admit she is certainly one of my favorite actresses (if not my favorite, just beating out Olivia Hussey and Audrey Hepburn). Certainly talking with Chinese friends, as well as waitresses in resturants (hey, I got to practice ya know what I mean), they usually say "wo bu xihuan Zhang Ziyi" when I usually say afterwards "Shi ma? Zhang Ziyi shi wo zui xihuan de mingxing." So, just to sum it up, it appears that within China Gong Li is loved, and the fasanation with Zhang Ziyi appears to be only Western (at the moment; I should state I did get a good Shanghainese friend of mine to lighten up on Zhang).
thats funny because I had never seen Gong Li or heard of her...but knew of Zhang Zhiyi and my mom and her friends (Chinese) were talking about how ugly Zhang was. Not that she's ugly- but extremely ordinary looking, very commonplace, plentiful in China. I was dumbfounded. I think she's hot ! and perfect! They insisted that Gong Li was a true beauty, a real rarity. Now I think they're quite right. Gong Li's face is too fine to be human.