Memories of Peking depicts the lives of ordinary people in old Beijing. The drama opens in 1947 when pickles shop owner Yan Zhen Sheng (He Bing) makes the big decision to take a second wife in order to carry on the family line. Even though he and new bride Mu Chun Hua (Wang Ou) don’t have feelings for each other, their relationship deepens over time. When the New Marriage Law that allows women to seek divorce is passed in 1950, Zheng Sheng and Chun Hua dissolve their marriage. Nevertheless, Zheng Sheng, Chun Hua and Zheng Sheng’s first wife Lin Cui Qing (Liu Bei) continue to support each other through thick and thin.