The story is set in the fictive Sheng country. He Lan Ming Yu (Sarah Zhao) is a honest and bright young lady. In her young years she gets to know the 9th Prince Xiao Cheng Xu (Cheng Yi) by chance. The two get along well and gradually develop feelings for each other. However, fate turns against them and while fake news that Cheng Xu died on the battlefield spread, Ming Yu is forced to marry Cheng Xu’s third older brother and reigning king Xiao Cheng Rui (Han Dong). Cheng Xu helps Cheng Rui establish a great and stable country through continuous big achievements on the battlefield, but Cheng Rui is filled with jealousy towards his outstanding younger brother. When the truth about the death of Cheng Xu’s mother comes to light, Cheng Xu is determined to usurp the throne to take revenge. But before Cheng Xu succeeds, Cheng Rui dies from an old illness after ordering his son Xiao Qi Yuan to succeed the throne. Cheng Xu is forced to assist Qi Yuan while he grows up, and tries to revive his relationship with Ming Yu at the same time. Qi Yuan, however, is dissatisfied with Cheng Xu controlling him. When he finds out that his uncle has an affair with his mother, his hate towards Cheng Xu grows immensly. Ming Yu tries her best to reconcile her son with Cheng Xu.
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.
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.
A small town man brings along his mother and his best friend to the big city to find work. They temporarily lodge with an old buddy of his, who is at the time the center of conflicts between union workers fighting for their rights and unscrupulous bosses trying to crush their protests. The man learns to navigate the political landmines and climbs up the society ladder. Yet, he is privately dissatisfied with the man he has become. He later finds a purpose in life and a cause greater than money and power.
(Source: Drama Wiki)