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.
Thirty-seven year old Luo Zi Jun (Ma Yi Li) leads a peaceful life as a housewife, yet is unaware of the cracks in her marriage. She is taken aback when her husband (Lei Jia Yin) asks for a divorce, and is unsuccessful in her attempts to save their relationship. After an initial period of denial, Zi Jun heads back into the workforce with the help of best friend Tang Jing (Yuan Quan) and her boyfriend He Han (Jin Dong). Tang Jing is an independent, career-oriented woman, and the way she deals with He Han’s romantic affections for Zi Jun will also be a major plot point in the drama.