Xiang Zhen (Zheng Shuang), Qian Bei Bei (Gai Yue Xi), Ding Lan (Xu Yue), Jin Xiao Ni (Chen Xiao Yun) and Yu Hui (Wang Xiu Zhu) are five young women with completely different personalities who got to know each other in university and became best friends. After graduation, they all stay in Beijing and struggle to find their place in society. They often hit a wall, fail the graduate studies entrance exam, get caught in a pyramid scheme, lose their job, lose their love, fail in doing business or are forced to return home by their parents. Nevertheless, the young women stay friends through thick and thin and fight together for their future.
Top sales agent Liu Ai (Ma Li) strives hard to make a living in the big city. In fact, she and her husband Yang Guang (Pan Yue Ming), who works as a designer, have a simple dream: to earn enough money to raise children and move to a better home. But when the end of the year is nearing, Liu Ai’s boss unexpectedly doesn’t fulfill his promise to her. In a fit of anger, Liu Ai decides to quit. At the same time, Yang Guang also encounters trouble at work. But with the help of friends, the two stand up again and Liu Ai eventually decides to found her own small company.
That City, This Family depicts the daily struggles of survivors of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. Wang Da Ming (Ma Yuan) and Lin Zhi Yan (Cathy Zhou), a young married couple, are buried together when the earthquake occurs. After six days and seven nights, Da Ming is rescued, but has to learn that his pregnant wife and his father both died. Actually, every family in the city is in mourning. Later on, Yang Ai (Tong Lei) who works at a ceramics factory appears in Da Ming’s life. She too has lost her beloved ones in the earthquake and is only left with a son who turned mute. Da Ming and Yang Ai decide to marry to create a new family and find happiness again.
Song Yun Hui (Wang Kai) is a smart lad who was often discriminated against due to his background (his father worked as a doctor for the Kuomintang), but took advantage of the reinstitution of the university entrance exams. He starts working at a state-owned enterprise and slowly climbed his way to the top (including by marrying the factory owner’s daughter), but began to lose himself in the changing times. His brother-in-law Lei Dong Bao (Yang Shuo) comes from a rural village, and is always the first to respond to the latest trends in farming. He spearheaded village projects from setting up electricity to building factories, but is often set back by his short-sightedness and impulses. From roaming the streets to sell bread to running a successful private company, Yang Xun (Dong Zi Jian) had to fight tooth and nail to where he is. The rapid growth of science and technology eventually allowed him to become part of China’s first group of successful entrepreneurs. However, even as he’s reached the upper echelons of society, Yang Xun still plays by street rules, causing major rifts between him and his business partner.
The Sound of the Bell at Shanghai Bund tells the story of a common family living in the alleys of old Shanghai from the Cultural Revolution till the days of reform and opening. Du Xin Sheng (Yu Hao Ming) and Yu Pei Pei are classmates who have deep affection for each other. Pei Pei’s grandmother, however, is a professor at the conservatory and denounced as reactionary by the Red Guards. In order to prevent the Red Guards from taking away the precious Italian cello in Pei Pei’s home, Xin Sheng goes to his father who does maintenance work at the bell tower at the Bund and they hide the cello in there. When more and more young people from the city are being sent to the countryside, the Du family’s eldest daughter Xin Fang is determined to follow as well. But when the unmarried Xin Fang gets pregnant in the countryside, the Du family is being confronted with a huge challenge.
Sequel to the critically acclaimed 2013 drama The Story of Zheng Yang Gate starring Zhu Ya Wen, Ni Da Hong, Bian Xiao Xiao and Li Guang Fu. The Story of Zheng Yang Gate 2 follows new characters, but equally focuses on the success story of hard-working common people under changing political circumstances. The drama opens in 1955. Xu Hui Zhen (Jiang Wen Li) lost her husband not long after their marriage and is now running a little tavern that she inherited. No matter what difficulties come her way, the socialist transformation of capitalist enterprises, the Great Leap Forward, natural disasters, the Cultural Revolution and many more, Hui Zhen remains true to herself and her philosophy of how to manage the tavern. When the economic reforms are eventually introduced, Hui Zhen and her tavern bear the fruits of her hard work and her unchanging belief in her values.
Due to the economic reforms that started in 1978 and the subsequent disarmament, Fang Bang Yan (Lu Yi) and other outstanding soldiers have to change their profession: open a business or work in state enterprises. With the example of Bang Yan who decides to start his own business, Entering a New Era explores how the reforms and the fast economic development changed people’s daily lives over the years.
Forty Years We Walked is a drama to commemorate the 40th birthday of the economic reforms and will focus on the TV industry. Feng Du (Jin Shi Jia) grows up in the alleys of old Beijing in the 1970s. At his friend Xiao Zhan (Li Mao)’s home, he sees a TV for the first time in his life and is totally fascinated by it. During his high school years, he builds a TV himself. When the reform and opening policies are introduced, Feng Du jumps at the chance and sells TVs. Later he founds his own production company and goes on to be a producer.
Wonderful Life tells the story of Xu Tian (Zhang Jia Yi), who suffers big blows both in his love and work life. Therupon, he decides to leave America, where he has been living for ten years, and returns to his home country. However, luck is not on his side and when he arrives at the airport, an old illness of his breaks out again. A heart transplant is needed to save his life. After the operation, he lives in his mother Dao Mei Lan (Song Dan Dan)’s marriage agency, where he meets his former blind date Liang Xiao Hui (Li Xiao Ran). They mock each other at first, but soon turn into buddies. Xiao Hui is bewildered though, because Xu Tian reminds her too much of her deceased husband. She seeks help from Psychologist Bian Zhi Jun (Xin Bai Qing).
Adapted from the Korean hit drama “Dear My Friends”, Dear Them tells the story of a couple of friends who have reached an old age and support each other while trying to let go of all worldly worries. From the perspective of Gu Jia Yi (Jiang Yan), we learn about her mother and her mother’s friends’ lifes and struggles.