Sun Li stars as Zhen Huan, her arrival into the imperial court sparks anger and resentment in Consort Hua (Jiang Xin), the highest-ranking concubine in the imperial harem and a powerful figure due to the authority of her brother, a prominent general. Zhen Huan must also do battle with the First Empress (Ada Choi), whose own elevated position in the court is under threat.
Amidst all the bitter rivalries and deadly conspiracies, Zhen Huan must summon all her inner strength to protect herself – even from those she once counted as friends. But can she rise to wealth and glory in the Forbidden City without being tainted by corruption?
Shown in China as 76 45-minute episodes across two seasons, the English version is presented as six sumptuous episodes of 90 minutes, with the drama and intrigue played out among fascinating insights into court etiquette, fashions, poetry, performance, Chinese medicine – and ageless human frailty and chicanery.
In Mandarin with English subtitles.