2024 Chinese Drama List

Once a Youth – Zhang Yishan, Guan Xiaotong

Once a Youth is a youth romantic drama directed by Wang Lei, Liu Chang and Fu Zi'en, led by Zhang Yishan, Guan Xiaotong, Fan Chengcheng, and Sierra Li, with a special appearance by Jiang Peiyao, Mao Xiaohui, Hai Yitian, Wang Xiaomu, Zhao Ziqi, Qi Huan and Lin Yanrou, co-starring Ye Xiaowei, Zhang Xiaoyu, Xu Shaoying, Zhang Yiwen, Su Mengyun, Mao Le, Chen Lina, Wang Xin, Sun Guitian, and Li Mingzhu.

The drama is based on the novel of the same name by Jiu Ye Hui, and tells the story of a group of young people seeking their dreams, trying to grasp the opportunities of the times, and struggling relentlessly for their careers and emotions.


Once a Youth

English Title: Once a Youth
Chinese Title: 曾少年
Genre: Youth, Romance, Life
Tag: High School, Chasing a Dream, Adapted From A Novel
Episodes: 33
Duration: 45 min.
Director: Wang Lei, Liu Chang, Fu Zi'en
Writer: Jiu Ye Hui
Released Date: 2023-07-10
Broadcast Website: CCTV



At the beginning of the 21st century, a young girl named Xie Qiao was admitted to Peking University, where her crush, He Xiaozhou, also studied. She had hoped to embark on a beautiful new life. Xie Qiao became friends with her roommate, Qianxi and Wang Ying, but when He Xiaozhou and Qianxi fell in love, Xie Qiao suddenly lost her sense of purpose.

Qin Chuan, Xie Qiao's childhood friend who was studying abroad, returned to China to start a business for her and encouraged her to seek her own life's value. Qin Chuan originally intended to confess his feelings to Xie Qiao, but due to a twist of fate, he became Wang Ying's boyfriend, while Xie Qiao started dating Yang Cheng, Wang Ying's childhood friend.

After years of wandering, Qin Chuan and Xie Qiao finally realized their true feelings for each other during the Wenchuan earthquake. As a couple, they encouraged and supported each other, with Xie Qiao growing from a novice editor in an art society to a well-known online writer, and Qin Chuan overcoming numerous setbacks in his e-commerce career to achieve great success. They became part of the first wave of post-80s individuals who benefited from the Internet era.

Qianxi entered the entertainment industry and broke up with He Xiaozhou, Wang Ying went abroad for further studies, and Yang Cheng found success in her career.

Although everyone embarked on different paths in life, the spirit of striving and working hard continued to lead them forward.


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