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A Deep Dive into: Nothing But Thirty
Gu Jia (played by Tong Yao)

A Deep Dive into: Nothing But Thirty

Gu Jia (played by Tong Yao) Nothing But Thirty is a new Chinese TV series which became quite popular when it was broadcast earlier this year. Filmed in 2019 just before the virus shut down China and then the rest of the world, it provides a good look at modern China in the form of its richest and most advanced city: Shanghai. The story (43 episodes, each about 42 minutes long) covers some six months in the lives of three women, each of whom is about to turn 30 years old and who all live in Shanghai. The title is slight modification to a famous statement made by Confucius about himself. In the Analects he said: At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning. At thirty, I stood firm.…

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Qiao’s Grand Courtyard – A Detailed Review
Qiao Grand Courtyard

Qiao’s Grand Courtyard – A Detailed Review

Chinese TV series, 2006 - Highly Recommended. 45 Episodes (about 34 hours total viewing time). Qiao's Grand Courtyard is a TV series broadcast on Chinese state TV in 2006. Americans can watch it using Amazon.com's Prime TV service (yes, it has subtitles in English). Like most Chinese stories, the TV series is based on a real person and real events, though some creative changes were made by the writer and director to make the story more entertaining.  Qiao Grand Courtyard, as it looks today Qiao Zhiyong, our hero, is the second son of a wealthy Chinese businessman from Shanxi Province. He lived in one of the largest family compounds near Pingyao (now called the Pingyao Ancient City). Qiao Zhiyong was born in 1818 and died in 1907. For much of…

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