The drama follows an ordinary scholar named Yang Ling (Jiang Jin Fu) on his way to become a royal highness of the Ming dynasty. On his wedding day, Yan Ling suddenly falls down and can’t get up anymore. While recovering from his illness, he looks at his new wife Han You Niang (Crystal Yuan) and realizes that he feels ashamed of being poor. He thus decides to sell his field and goes to take the imperial exam. When Yan Ling helps uncovering a murder mystery, he gains recognition from the county magistrate who lets him work as teacher, which allows Yang Ling to prove his worth. On the battlefield, he meets the crown prince Zhu Hou Zhao (Liu Rui Lin) who went undercover and they become partners and friends. Yang Ling will fight alongside Hou Zhao against conspiracies and eventually help him ascend the throne.
The Legend of Hao Lan depicts the fights between the Qin and the Zhao state towards the end of the Warring States period. After Zhao’s imperial censor Li He gets caught in a trap and goes bankrupt, his daughter Li Hao Lan (Wu Jin Yan) is sold to Lü Bu Wei (Nie Yuan). Bu Wei will later offer her to the King of Qin Sun Yi Ren (Mao Zi Jun) who is held hostage in Zhao’s palace. Bu Wei and Hao Lan enter the palace where they have to outwit Princess Ya (Hai Ling) and others who try to harm them.
When working in the desert, archeologist Yun Ye (Wang Tian Chen) suddenly gets transported back to the Tang dynasty. There he meets Li An Lan (Zhang Jia Ning) who looks exactly like his former girlfriend. He repeatedly uses skills learned in the modern world to save An Lan and surrounding people from danger. People start to appreciate him and he even becomes best friends with the crown prince. But then he gets drawn into a huge conspiracy.
In the early years of the Republic, Bai Lu Sheng (Yang Hao Ming)’s entire family is murdered, only he is lucky enough to escape. An old friend of his father takes him in and he grows up together with his cold and ruthless son Long Xiang (Zhao Cheng Yu). Long Xiang’s dream is to become president, but Lu Sheng who made it his life mission to avenge his family gets in his way.
The current emperor at the time neglects his duties and spends his time playing and frolicking with the ladies. He also has a habit of hunting foxes late at night. With their declining population and innocent deaths rising, the enraged Fox Clan wages a war against the royal family. They reserve a special pearl that boosts power and beauty to the consumer, which is stolen by a pair of sisters (Hu Bing Qing, Chen Yao) and split between them. They enter the palace as dancers to fulfill the mission of killing the emperor. But before the sisters could kill the emperor, he’s abruptly assassinated, and the throne goes to Li Han (Vic Zhou).
In the final years of the Eastern Jin dynasty, the prime minister Liu Yu seizes the throne. During the bloody coup d’état, only the imperial concubine Ye Qing Mei’s newborn son (Zhang Ruo Yun) is spared. Minister Fan Jian takes him in and names him Fan Xian. At the age of 18, Fan Xian is about to be married into the royal family and thus becomes the target of many people. Moreover, he is drawn into the fights between the princes. Thanks to his agility, he always ends up being able to avert disaster. He becomes a famous official who is loyal to the emperor. But when Fan Xian learns about the truth behind his birth, he is determined to seek revenge.
Because Yu Ying Nan (Yu Ting Er), a young girl with a mysterious background, wants to find the person who once saved her life, she and her brother Yu Ying Qi (Chen Zhe Yuan) go to the Shu Mountain to learn martial arts. What Ying Nan doesn’t know is that Ying Qi isn’t in fact her brother. Ying Nan lost her memory when little and Ying Qi picked her up and brought her home.
1935, Peace Hotel: Mysterious guests gamble their lives during ten days. In 1935, when Manchuria has been occupied, patriot Wang Da Ding (Lei Jia Yin) investigates an opium cream that is supposed to enter the market soon, and checks into the Peace Hotel. There he meets the returnee patriot from overseas and doctor Chen Jia Ying (Chen Shu). While Jia Ying studied medicine in Japan, she found out that Japan is currently testing biological weapons in Manchuria in order to speed up their invasion of China. She now cooperates with the anti-Japanese squad, who is trying to locate the laboratories of the Japanese, and helps them with her medical knowledge. However, the Peace Hotel has already been encircled by the Japanese. In order to avoid being investigated by them, the two strangers Da Ding and Jia Ying pretend to be a married couple. A battle of wits between the two and the Japanese ensues.
The Gods is another adaptation of the 16th century classic novel “Investiture of the Gods”. It is a romanticised retelling of the overthrow of King Zhou, the last ruler of the Shang dynasty, by Ji Fa (Jaco Zhang), who would establish the Zhou dynasty in its place. The story integrates oral and written tales of many Chinese mythological figures who are involved in the struggle as well. These figures include human heroes, immortals and various spirits. Bewitched by his concubine Daji (Wang Li Kun), who is actually a vixen spirit in disguise as a beautiful woman, King Zhou of Shang oppresses his people and persecutes those who oppose him, including his own subjects who dare to speak up to him. Ji Fa (King Wu of Zhou), assisted by his strategist Jiang Ziya (Yu He Wei), rallies an army to overthrow the tyrant and restore peace and order. Throughout the story, battles are waged between the kingdoms of Shang and Zhou, with both sides calling upon various supernatural beings – deities, immortals, demons, spirits, and humans with magical abilities – to aid them in the war. Yuanshi Tianzun bestows upon Jiang Ziya the “Fengshen Bang”, a list that empowers him to invest the gods of Heaven. The heroes of Zhou and some of their fallen enemies from Shang are eventually endowed with heavenly ranking and essentially elevated to their roles as gods.
River Sunset is a Chinese-American co-production based on real events during World War II. It depicts what happened behind the scenes, leading to the Bombing of Tokyo.