Joy of Life

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Joy of Life


  • Title: 庆余年 / Qing Yu Nian
  • English title: Joy of Life
  • Genre: Historical

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Season 1[edit]

  • Episodes: 46
  • Broadcast network: Tencent, iQiyi
  • Broadcast period: 2019-Nov-26


In the twilight years of Eastern Jin, Liu Yu usurps the throne to become the founding emperor of the Liu Song dynasty. Consort Ye’s newborn son is the only royalty to survive the bloody purge, and is adopted by the Minster of Revenue Fan Jian. At the age of eighteen, Fan Xian’s impending political marriage with Lin Wan'er, daughter of the Prime Minister and Elder Princess, makes him extremely popular among the ambitious princes, though he carefully avoids joining any of the factions.

Fan Xian is lauded for his loyalty to the emperor during two successive rebellions, though later discovers he is the biological son of the tyrannical ruler, and that Liu Yu was the one that sent assassins to kill his mother. For revenge as well as the peace of the kingdom, Fan Xian engages in a deadly political struggle with the emperor.


Correlation Chart
Fan Jian's adopted son whose birth parents are the Qing Emperor and Ye Qingmei. Director-General of the Investigation Center.
Daughter of the Prime Minister and Elder Princess. Fan Xian's wife. Known by the nickname of "Drumstick Lady".
Qing Emperor. One of the four Grandmasters in the world. Am ambitious and cunning man.
Investigation Center
Director of the Investigation Center. Fan Xian's teacher and advisor. A man who is adept in scheming. He appears cold and merciless but has a warm side to him.
Head of the Third Division. A master of poison and healer. Fan Xian’s first teacher.
Clerk of the Investigation Center. He is adept in Qinggong. He loves money, and is known for his glib tongue and smooth ways.
Member of the Fourth Division. He becomes a guard of Fan Xian in order to find out the whereabouts of his loved ones.
Member of the Fourth Division. Former subordinate of Teng Zijing. He is in charge of the spies situated at Northern Qi. He later becomes a subordinate of Fan Xian after being saved by him.
Head of the Fourth Division. Yan Bingyun's father.
Head of the First Division. Chen Pingping's most capable assistant.
Head of the Third Division. Fei Jie's senior disciple and Fan Xian's senior. He loves inventing new poisons.
Head of the Sixth Division. He is in charge of assassination. A ninth-grade martial arts master.
Head of the Eigth Division. He is in charge of the publication of books.
  • ??? as Hei Qi
Head of the Fifth Division. The number one warrior of the Investigation Center.
Royal family of Qing
Elder princess. Foster sister of the Emperor, birth mother of Lin Wan'er. She appears gentle, but is cruel and merciless. She is in charge of the inner treasury of the Imperial Treasury. She appears to be aligned with the Crown prince, but secretly she is allies with the Second prince.
The Crown Prince. A man who appears to be careless and rash but who hides his real intention behind a facade.
The Second Prince. A magnanimous man, who often helps Fan Xian.
Son of the Prince of Jin and close friend of the second prince.
  • Zheng Yu Zhi as Empress Dowager, mother of Qing Emperor and Prince Jing.
  • Deng Tong Tian as Imperial Consort Yi, mother of Li Chengping and cousin of Liu Ruyu
  • Lin Jing as Imperial Consort Shu, mother of Li Chengze
  • Qiao Hong as Talented Lady Ning
Officials and servants of Qing
Minister of Revenue. The Earl of Sinan. Fan Xian’s adopted father.
Prime Minister of Qing and Lin Wan’er's father. An astute man of great foresight.
Commander of the Imperial Troops. A ninth-grade archery master. He was a hunter who was found by Li Yunrui, and rose up the ranks quickly.
The head eunuch. He serves the Empress Dowager. A ninth-grade martial arts master.
Commander of the Tiger Troops. Fan Xian's guard.
Assistant commander of the Imperial Troops. An eighth-grade martial arts master.
Minister of Rites. Ally of the Elder princess.
Son of Guo Youzhi and editor of the palace. Former study companion of the Crown prince.
Fan family
Fan Xian's younger sister. She is known for her talents in the capital. An ardent supporter of Fan Xian.
Son of Liu Ruyu. He loves money and has a talent for finance. He becomes the owner of a bookshop selling Fan Xian's books.
Second wife of Fan Jian. Fan Sizhe's mother. Daughter of the Royal Advisor.
Fan Xian's grandmother. A tough but loving woman.
Lin family
First master of the Lin manor and Lin Wan'er's brother. Because of an illness, he has the mental capacity of a child. Fan Xian and Fan Sizhe's good friend.
Second master of the Lin manor and Lin Wan'er's brother. Confidante of the Crown prince, who is in reality Li Yunrui's subordinate.
Advisor of Lin Ruofu.
Lin Wan'er's personal attendant.
People of Qing
Fan Xian's birth mother. A woman of noble aspirations and talent. Creator of the Investigation Center and Imperial Treasury.
Daughter of the Chief Guard. Lin Wan'er's close friend. Fan Xian's disciple. Wife of the Second prince.
A martial arts grand master and loyal servant of Ye Qingmei.
Senior disciple of Gu Jian, one of the four grandmasters.
Kingdom of Northern Qi
Saintess of Northern Qi. Disciple of Ku He, one of the four grandmasters; and a ninth-grade martial arts expert. Close friend of Fan Xian. She is deeply trusted by the Empress Dowager, but is actually an ally of Zhan Doudou.
A famous courtesan at Zuixian Ju who is in reality a spy of Northern Qi.
An spy of Northern Qi who is responsible for delivering military intelligence. A cruel and fearless man who is feared by many.
A renowned scholar renowned by many. Xiao En's brother.
Famous general of Northern Qi. Xiao En's god-son.
Commander of the Jinyiwei Guards. Advisor of the Empress Dowager who is known for his cruel schemes.
Younger sister of Shen Zhong. She likes Yan Bingyun.
A ninth-grade swordsman. He was ordered by Chen Pingping to take care of Fan Xian.
An eighth-grade martial arts expert. Disciple of Reverend He.
Senior disciple of Ku He. A ninth-grade martial arts expert.
  • Yu An as Tan Wu, Shang Biaohu's subordinate.


  • One Thought One Life (一念一生) by Li Jian
  • Remaining Years (余年) by Xiao Zhan

Season 2[edit]

Joy of Life 2
  • Episodes: TBA
  • Broadcast network: Tencent
  • Broadcast period: 2021


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Production Credits[edit]

  • Original Writing: Qing Yu Nian (庆余年) by Mao Ni
  • Director: Sun Hao
  • Screenwriter: Wang Juan
  • Producer: Chen Ying Jie (陈英杰)
  • Company: Tencent Pictures, New Classics Media, Dark Blue Pictures, China Literature, Times China Media, Hainan Broadcasting Group

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