Where the Legend Begins
Where the Legend Begins is a 2002 Hong Kong television series produced by TVB. The series is based on the life story of Zhen Fu, a noble lady who lived during the Three Kingdoms period, it contains embellishments from folktales about Yan's romance with Cao Zhi. The series was first aired in Hong Kong on TVB Jade from 24 June to 26 July in 2002. Note: Some of the characters' names are in Cantonese romanisation. All the songs were composed by Joseph Koo. Shui Chung Sin - the opening theme song performed by Steven Ma Lau Sa - the ending theme song performed by Steven Ma and Rain Li Sik Fa - insert song performed by Priscilla Ku TVB Anniversary Awards My Favourite Character My Favourite Character Most Improved Male Artiste Nominated: Best Actor - Top 5 Nominated: Best Actress - Top 5 God of River Lok List of media adaptations of Romance of the Three Kingdoms Where the Legend Begins on IMDb Where the Legend Begins official page on TVB's website Where the Legend Begins on Baidu Baike
Armed Reaction is a 1998 Hong Kong modern cop drama produced by TVB. The drama stars Bobby Au-yeung and Esther Kwan as the main leads with Joyce Tang, Marco Ngai, Mimi Chu and Joe Ma in main supporting roles. Original broadcast of the series began on TVB Jade channel from July 6 till July 31, 1998 at 9:30-10:30 p.m. timeslot with 20 episodes total. The popularity of the drama spawned 3 sequels. In Mainland China, the drama title is "女警本色", which means "The True Colour of Policewomen". While in Taiwan, the first season was under the title "麻辣女刑警" which means "Spicy Female Cops", but has followed the original Hong Kong title for the sequels; the reason for the change in title in each region release is to accommodate the local slang./ The drama takes place before 1997 Handover of Hong Kong and Royal Hong Kong Police revolves around the lives of two police woman, one who works leisurely behind desk duty but has to take her job more once her husband leaves her and new rookie cop, deemed too ambitious and rash by her superior.
Chu So-Ngo never took her job seriously. She works leisurely behind the desk at the police station waiting for the day to end so she can go home to her loving husband and obedient young son, her job at the police station is just for her to make spare money for her to spend. However, things took an unexpected turn when her boss's wife thought So-Ngo was having an affair with her husband and had her transferred to the Patrol Unit. Soon she learns her happy marriage is not as perfect as it seems when she finds out her husband has a kept mistress up in Mainland China and plans to divorce her so he can marry his pregnant mistress. No longer living carefree, So-Ngo has to worry about paying the bills and taking care of her son by herself, she decides to switch for desk duty to on the beat duties because of the better pay. As a beat officer she gets to know Senior Inspector Chan Siu-Sang better; the two have an close friendship and soon starts developing feelings for each other, but their relationship is put on hold when her ex-husband wants her back.
Chan Siu-Sang niece Chan Sam-Yuen, is a tomboy who has always dreamt of becoming a cop like her uncle. Since she is so active in her job her superior Ching Fung writes her up for being to ambitious and unruly. Chan Siu-Sang being more senior than Ching Fung decides to stand up for his niece and tells Fung to be a better superior instead. While always bickering with each other Sam-Yuen and Fung soon find out they have a lot of the same interest; when Fung's girlfriend breaks up with him for neglecting her he soon starts to fall for Sam-Yuen. When Siu-Sang is framed for a crime he didn't commit will Sam-Yuen arrest him or let him go so he can find evidence to bring the real culprit to justice. Bobby Au-Yeung 歐陽震華 as Chan Siu-Sang 陳小生 - IP, his CID career ended. His parents dead when he was young, he was raised by his sister-in-law Wong Yee Mui, he is now working as a Firearms Officer with the CID. Mimi Chu 朱咪咪 as Wong Yee Mui 王二妹 - Chan Siu-Sang's sister-in-law and Chan Sam Yuen, Sei Hei, Ng Fuk's mother.
When her husband died she raised her three daughters alone. Joyce Tang 滕麗名 as Chan Sam Yuen 陳三元 - Chan Siu-Sang's niece and Wong Yee Mui's eldest daughter. An ambitious rookie female cop. Patrols for the Yau Ma Tei Police Station's Sub-Patrol Unit transfers to Ching Fung's RCU Team 1 along with Chu So Ngor. Koey Leung 梁雪湄 as Chan Sei Hei 陳四喜 - Chan Siu-Sang's niece and Wong Yee Mui's middle daughter. Sherming Yiu 姚樂怡 as Chan Ng Fuk 陳五福 - Chan Siu-Sang's niece and Wong Yee Mui's youngest daughter. Esther Kwan 關詠荷 as Chu So Ngor 朱素娥 - A desk duty police officer who lived a carefree life until her life is turned upside down in a short period of time when she is transferred to the patrol unit and her husband leaves her for another women. Emotion Cheung 張錦程 as Yue Wing Choi 余永財 - Chu So Ngo husband ex-husband, he leaves his son for his pregnant mainland mistress. Ting Lik 丁力 as Yue Ka Lok 余家樂 - Chu So Ngor and Yue Wing Choi's 10-year-old son, he forms a close friendship with Chan Siu-Sang. Marco Ngai 魏駿傑 as Ching Fung 程峰 - IP of RCU Team 1.
Chan Sam Yuen's superior and boyfriend. Chor Yuen 楚原 as Ching Sau Chung 程守忠 - Ching Fung's father. Helen Ma 馬海倫 as Ho Kam Mui 何金梅 - Ching Fung's mother. Kwok Tak Shun 郭德信 as Kwok Sir 郭Sir Leung Kin Ping 梁健平 as Peter Lee Chi Kei 李子奇 as Superintendent Ho 何Sir Joe Ma 馬德鐘 as Leung Heung Dong 梁向東 Timothy Siu 邵傳勇 as Au Chi Keung 歐志強 Li Shing-cheong 李成昌 as Sergeant Pao Ting Tin 鮑頂天 Ben Wong Tin-Dok 黃天鐸 as Superintendent Wong 黃Sir Chan Dik Hak 陳狄克 as Station Sergeant 時沙 Mok Ka Yiu 莫家堯 as Kwan Sir 關Sir Ching Siu Lung 程小龍 as Cheng Chung Yee 鄭忠義 Willie Wai Kar Hung 韋家雄 as Cheng Chung Seon 鄭忠信 Akina Hong Wah 康華 as Wong Wai Sum 王慰心 Johnson Law 羅莽 as Cheung Pau 張炮 Koo Ming Wah 古明華 as Cheung Ming Wah 張明華 Angela Tong 湯盈盈 as Siu Ding 小丁 Candy Chiu 趙靜儀 as Ma Siu Ling 馬小玲 Ricky Wong Chun Tong 王俊棠 as Nip Sai Guen 聶世官 Josephine Lam 林其欣 as Yuen Siu Bik 袁小碧 The show has come under attack for reusing story lines, recycling characters and actors as well as having illogical sequencing in storylines. TVB Official Website
Cao Pi, courtesy name Zihuan, was the first emperor of the state of Cao Wei in the Three Kingdoms period of China. He was the second son of Cao Cao, a warlord who lived in the late Eastern Han dynasty, but the eldest son among all the children born to Cao Cao by his concubine, Lady Bian. According to some historical records, he was in the presence of court officials in order to gain their support, he was in charge of defence at the start of his career. After the defeat of Cao Cao's rival Yuan Shao at the Battle of Guandu, he took Yuan Xi's widow, Lady Zhen, as a concubine, but in 221 Lady Zhen died and Guo Nüwang became empress. On 25 November 220, Cao Pi forced Emperor Xian, the last ruler of the Eastern Han dynasty, to abdicate in his favour, after which on 11 December 220 he proclaimed himself emperor and established the state of Cao Wei. Cao Pi continued the wars against the states of Shu Han and Eastern Wu, founded by his father's rivals Liu Bei and Sun Quan but did not make significant territorial gain in the battles.
Unlike his father, Cao Pi concentrated most of his efforts on internal administration rather than on waging wars against his rivals. During his reign, he formally established Chen Qun's nine-rank system as the base for civil service nomination, which drew many talents into his government. On the other hand, he drastically reduced the power of princes, stripping off their power to oppose him, but at the same time, rendering them unable to assist the emperor if a crisis arose within the state. After Cao Pi's death, his successor Cao Rui granted him the posthumous name "Emperor Wen" and the temple name "Shizu". Cao Pi was an accomplished poet and scholar, just like his father Cao Cao and his younger brother Cao Zhi, he wrote the first Chinese poem in the style of seven syllables per line. He wrote over a hundred articles on various subjects. Cao Pi was the eldest son of Cao Cao and his concubine Lady Bian, but he was the second among all of Cao Cao's sons. At the time of Cao Pi's birth, Cao Cao was a mid-level officer in the imperial guards in the capital Luoyang, with no hint that he would go on to the great campaigns he carried out after the collapse of the imperial government in 190.
Cao Pi was recorded as excellent swordsman as he studied martial arts from Shi E, a gentleman of household from "Rapid as Tigers" division of the imperial guards. In the period after 190 when Cao Cao was waging war against other rival warlords, it is not known where Cao Pi and Lady Bian were, or what they did; the lone reference to Cao Pi during this period was in 204, when he took Yuan Xi's widow Lady Zhen as his wife. The next immediate reference to Cao Pi's activities was in 211, when he was appointed General of the Household for All Purposes and Vice Imperial Chancellor; this position placed him second to his father, Imperial Chancellor and the de facto head of government in China. The eldest of all of Cao Cao's sons, Cao Ang, had died early, so Cao Pi was regarded as the eldest among all his father's sons. Besides, Cao Pi's mother had become Cao Cao's official spouse after Cao Cao's first wife Lady Ding was deposed. Cao Pi thus became the presumptive heir to his father. However, Cao Pi's status as heir was not made legal, for years there were lingering doubts on whom Cao Cao intended to make heir.
Cao Cao favoured Cao Zhi, known for his literary talents. Both Cao Pi and Cao Zhi were talented poets, but Cao Zhi was more regarded as a poet and speaker. By 215, the brothers appeared to be in harmony with each other, but each had his own group of supporters and close associates engaging the other side in clandestine rivalry. Cao Zhi's party appeared to be prevailing, in 216 they were successful in falsely accusing two officials supporting Cao Pi – Cui Yan and Mao Jie. Cui Yan was executed. However, the situation shifted after Cao Cao received advice from his strategist Jia Xu, who concluded that changing the general rules of succession would be disruptive – using Yuan Shao and Liu Biao as negative examples. Cao Pi was fostering his image among the people and created the sense that Cao Zhi was wasteful and lacking actual talent in governance. In 217, Cao Cao, who had received the title of a vassal king – King of Wei – from Emperor Xian declared Cao Pi as his heir apparent. Cao Pi would remain as such until his father's death in 220.
Cao Cao died in the spring of 220 in Luoyang. Though Cao Pi had been his father's heir apparent for several years, there was some confusion as to what would happen next; the apprehension was heightened when, after Cao Cao's death, the Qingzhou Corps under the general Zang Ba deserted, leaving Luoyang and returning home. Besides, Cao Pi's younger brother Cao Zhang had arrived in Luoyang in a hurry, resulting in rumours that he was intending to seize power from his elder brother. Upon hearing these news at Cao Cao's headquarters at Ye, Cao Pi hastily declared himself the new King of Wei and issued an edict in the name of his mother Queen Dowager Bian, before receiving an official confirmation from Emperor Xian, to whom he still nominally paid allegiance. After Cao Pi's self-declaration, neither Cao Zhang nor any other individual took action against him. Cao Pi ordered his brothers, including Cao Zhang and Cao Zhi, to return to their respective fiefs. With the help of Jiang Ji, the political situation soon stabilised.
In the winter of 220, Cao Pi made his move for the imperial throne, strongly
Perish In the Name of Love
Perish In The Name Of Love was a TV drama series made by TVB. It is based on an old Chinese opera play titled Tai Nui Fa, takes place during the final years of the Ming Dynasty; the story follows the romantic relationship of the Chinese Emperor's daughter, Princess Cheung-Ping, the son of a Royal Courtier, Chow Sai Hin. The entire series takes place in a continuing flashback. Although based on the classic Chinese Opera, this TVB drama uses the original characters to rewrite a new version of the story; the beginning shows Chow Sai Princess Cheung Ping growing up together. They were best friends, it shows how their friendship grew as each day passed by. Yuk Fung, the Empress, was punished for killing Tin Fei's son, she was framed for this. Therefore, Yuk Fung and her two daughters were banned out into Po Ting palace where all guilty and unfavored concubines lived. Tin Fei tried to kill them once and for all by setting the palace on fire. After that, they lived in the countryside, suffering year by year of over-working themselves just to put a little food on the table.
They lived in a small shack. Chiu Yan's dream was to become a dancer whilst Cheung Ping, the most beloved and respectful daughter, worked hard to help her mother get money. Cheung Ping moves to local artillery workshop to work after Manchurian forces infiltrated and attacked local military outpost, because she needs to make money for her family, she promised her mother she'd bring home a pack of rice each time she was able to go home while her sister, Princess Chiu Yan, attended a dancing school. There, Cheung Ping meet Cho Sing Hing, son of the owner of the artillery workshop, she found her long-lost friend, Chow Sai Hin there. She didn't reveal herself. Therefore, she went under the name Chu Fai Chiu Yan went under the name Chu Fai Lan. Sing Hing liked Fai Lei. Chow Sai Hin suspected, he found a wish paper stuck in the tree. Sai Hin continued to investigate until he got it out of her mouth that she was Cheung Ping; when Chongzhen Emperor found out that his Empress and the princesses were still alive, he let them back into the palace, but hardly paid attention to them.
This is. She collaborated with Tin Fei to annoy her mother and family her sister, Cheung Ping, she is jealous of her sister. Chow Sai Hin is arranged to marry Cheung Ping after cause more tensions. Lee Yuk Han, Sai Hin's fiancée, got angry when she found out Cheung Ping and Chow Sai Hin were together, but soon after, she couldn't be angry at Cheung Ping anymore; the four of them, Lee Yuk Han, Cheung Ping, Chow Sai Hin, Sing Hing were the best of friends. When Lee Yuk Han was trying to help Cheung Ping prove that the Empress did not poison Tin Fei's son that day, she was killed accidentally by Tin Fei. After that, Chow Sai Hin was arranged to marry Cheung Ping, while Chiu Yan is forced to marry Tong Bo Lun, a somewhat perverted and fierce commander. News came back that Qing's troops invaded Liaodong region. Chow Sai Hin goes to war with Sing Hing to fight for their country. Cheung Ping made Sing Hing and Chow Sai Hin both promise that they would come back without a hair missing from their heads. Chiu Yan harmed her mother so much.
The Emperor still had strong feelings for Chow Yuk Fung, but his mother and Tin Fei kept on trying to tear them apart. Comes the war of Li Zicheng's rebel; the country filled with terror. Tin Fei became ill. Ng Sam Kwai, one of the best general did not support the Emperor because he himself and the Emperor had long tensioned over the matter of his lover, Chan Yuen Yuen, it was that Tin Fei's father kidnapped her and made it look like she died in order for the fall of the kingdom because he hated the Emperor. After that, Chongzhen Emperor lost the war without the aid of Ng Sam Kwai. Ng Sam Kwai joined up with the Manchurians. Unlike the old version, the Emperor did not chop off Cheung Ping's arm or make the Chow Yuk Fung hang herself, instead he spread rumors so that Li Zicheng wouldn't come after them, he told them to rendezvous at Jinlin. On the escape route, Chongzhen Emperor was captured and was executed by hung on a tree atop a mountain so people can laugh as they walk by at the bottom; the Empress was left in charge of the army and the country, along with her son, pretty much useless as an Emperor.
Many opposed because they thought the Chow Yuk Fung was trying to become
Healing Hands II
Healing Hands II is a television series, made by Hong Kong's television broadcast company TVB after Healing Hands’s success. It was directed by Jonathan Chik cast by Lawrence Ng, Bowie Lam, Flora Chan, Ada Choi and Yoyo Mung; the series describes a group of medical staff, including their attitude towards work and thought, which reflects on different medical cases. It was broadcast on November 2000, in TVB Jade. Following the storyline of Healing Hands I, the unruly doctor, his clever and calm lawyer girlfriend Annie still keep as a perfect lover yet don’t want to live together. On the other hand, Annie’s brother Gilbert, passes away of Aids. A few months before his death, he picked a puppy on the street and gave it in different homes for caring. Peter Cheung and Cheung Suk-Yan are married in U. K and got settled. Another couple, the talkative and positive Joe Cheung and Helen Ling, they work in a faraway village in Africa. Although other guys are separated by time, Paul Ching still devotes to his job and keeps his life motto of saving patients from death.
He waits for his girlfriend Jackie Tong to awake from two years’ coma. Under the management of Steven Law, the president of the hospital, everything in the hospital goes smoothly and peacefully; such peace is challenged because of three young and talented doctors’ presence in the hospital. When they come to the hospital, they not only bring new laughter and motivations into the group, but give a deeper understanding of life. Tracy Ho, a rich girl, is the lover of the libertine doctor M. C Lam who comes from a rich family. However, when she meets Paul, she realizes what kind of love can last forever and she decides to leave M. C for a better relationship. During a long period of working and hanging out and his assistant Dorothy Yuen can’t resist the temptation of intimacy but secretly develop a relationship behind Annie. Dorothy feels so guilty for Annie and leaves Hong Kong alone. A few months Henry hears the news that Dorothy gets pregnant and he assumes that he is the father of her baby, he has no choice but to tell the truth to his girlfriend Annie.
Profession: Senior doctors in brain surgery Characteristics: He is upright and kindhearted, but speechless and passive. Paul is confident and responsible for his work, the same way he treats relationship; when his girlfriend Jackie Tong is in a coma after a surgery, he persistently stays by her side. As he blames himself for causing Jackie’s coma by delaying two minutes’ surgery, Paul becomes keen in time and he requires his colleagues to obey punctuality. During Jackie’s two-year coma, Paul devotes himself to the “coma” subject, wishing that he can do something for Jackie. Background: Paul never gives up Jackie and he always waits for the miracle. Jackie wakes up after a surgery and comes back to life. Paul and Jackie live a happy life after two years. Just when they are ready to get married, Jackie dies in a serious accident, leaving Paul in desperation again. After losing the love of his life, Paul meets the third woman in his life, Tracy Ho. Profession: the primary doctor of the emergency room Characteristics: He is professional and confident and decisive, smart and responsible.
Henry is good at understanding people and things. As he plays his own rule and shows his motion, he is misunderstood as a cool and pride man to others, he is always surrounded by many women because he behaves like a playboy, which causes him dozens of trouble. Background: Henry is the only son in his family so he never worries about money and he hardly cares about others. Since he graduates from medical school with honor, he always shows his amazing talent at work. Henry’s particular personalities give him fortune for attracting female, which leads to one woman’s suicide for him. After the case, he feels so guilty that he loses confidence in building a relationship with woman; when he meets Annie, he live separately. Things go smoothly and till Henry meets his assistant Dorothy. Henry makes a terrible mistake by hurting two women. Profession: barrister Characteristics: She is outgoing and honest to people, she is full of energy for love and sports. Annie is loyal and conservative to relationship because she is afraid of being hurt in love.
So she always pretends to be careless about feelings. She is attractive to man for her mysterious temperament. Background: She grows up with her brother depend, so they have a good relationship with each other. To be a barrister is her dream, she gets a crush on Henry when they are in university and they once hold ambiguous feelings to each other. After graduation, she becomes a barrister. In a coincidence of meeting Henry, she feels the past feelings burn and appear in her deep heart once again, they become lovers. However, she painfully finds that Henry and his assistant has a secret love and now she has a huge decision to make on her way to love. Profession: doctor in emergency room Characteristics: She is cheerful and impulsive; these personalities lead to her immatureness for dealing things. As she is honest and trustful by others, she has many friends. Jackie is energetic for life since she knows how to enjoy life, she is friendly to care about people. In a relationship, she is straightforward to express the feelings in her heart.
Background: Due to Jackie’s surgery, she stays in coma for two years. After her waking up, she and Paul get together and have
Standard Chinese known as Modern Standard Mandarin, Standard Mandarin, Modern Standard Mandarin Chinese, or Mandarin, is a standard variety of Chinese, the sole official language of China, the de facto official language of Taiwan and one of the four official languages of Singapore. Its pronunciation is based on the Beijing dialect, its vocabulary on the Mandarin dialects, its grammar is based on written vernacular Chinese. Like other varieties of Chinese, Standard Chinese is a tonal language with topic-prominent organization and subject–verb–object word order, it has more initial consonants but final consonants and tones than southern varieties. Standard Chinese is an analytic language, though with many compound words. There are two standardised forms of the language, namely Putonghua in Mainland China and Guoyu in Taiwan. Aside from a number of differences in pronunciation and vocabulary, Putonghua is written using simplified Chinese characters, Guoyu is written using traditional Chinese characters.
Many characters are identical between the two systems. In Chinese, the standard variety is known as: 普通话 in the People's Republic of China, as well as Hong Kong and Macau. Standard Chinese is commonly referred to by generic names for "Chinese", notably 中文. In total, there have been known over 20 various names for the language; the term Guoyu had been used by non-Han rulers of China to refer to their languages, but in 1909 the Qing education ministry applied it to Mandarin, a lingua franca based on northern Chinese varieties, proclaiming it as the new "national language". The name Putonghua has a long, albeit unofficial, history, it was used as early as 1906 in writings by Zhu Wenxiong to differentiate a modern, standard Chinese from classical Chinese and other varieties of Chinese. For some linguists of the early 20th century, the Putonghua, or "common tongue/speech", was conceptually different from the Guoyu, or "national language"; the former was a national prestige variety. Based on common understandings of the time, the two were, in fact, different.
Guoyu was understood as formal vernacular Chinese, close to classical Chinese. By contrast, Putonghua was called "the common speech of the modern man", the spoken language adopted as a national lingua franca by conventional usage; the use of the term Putonghua by left-leaning intellectuals such as Qu Qiubai and Lu Xun influenced the People's Republic of China government to adopt that term to describe Mandarin in 1956. Prior to this, the government used both terms interchangeably. In Taiwan, Guoyu continues to be the official term for Standard Chinese; the term Guoyu however, is less used in the PRC, because declaring a Beijing dialect-based standard to be the national language would be deemed unfair to speakers of other varieties and to the ethnic minorities. The term Putonghua, on the contrary, implies nothing more than the notion of a lingua franca. During the government of a pro-Taiwan independence coalition, Taiwan officials promoted a different reading of Guoyu as all of the "national languages", meaning Hokkien and Formosan as well as Standard Chinese.
Huayu, or "language of the Chinese nation" simply meant "Chinese language", was used in overseas communities to contrast Chinese with foreign languages. Over time, the desire to standardise the variety of Chinese spoken in these communities led to the adoption of the name "Huayu" to refer to Mandarin; this name avoids choosing a side between the alternative names of Putonghua and Guoyu, which came to have political significance after their usages diverged along political lines between the PRC and the ROC. It incorporates the notion that Mandarin is not the national or common language of the areas in which overseas Chinese live. Hanyu, or "language of the Han people", is another umbrella term used for Chinese. However, it has confusingly two different meanings: Standard Chinese; this term, as well as Hànzú, is a modern concept. A related concept is Hànzì; the term "Mandarin" is a translation of Guānhuà, which referred to the lingua franca of the late Chinese empire. The Chinese term is obsolete as a name for the standard language, but is used by linguists to refer to the major group of Mandarin dialects spoken natively across most of northern and southwestern China.
In English, "Mandarin" may refer to the standard language, the dialect group as a whole, or to historic forms such as the late Imperial lingua franca. The name "Modern Standard Mandarin" is sometimes used by linguists who wish to distinguish the current state of the shared language from other northern and historic dialects; the Chinese have different languages in different provinces, to such an extent
Lady Zhen, personal name unknown, was the first wife of Cao Pi, the first ruler of the state of Cao Wei in the Three Kingdoms period. In 226, she was posthumously honoured as Empress Wenzhao when her son, Cao Rui, succeeded Cao Pi as the emperor of Wei. Lady Zhen was from Wuji County, Zhongshan Commandery, in present-day Wuji County, Hebei, she was a descendant of Zhen Han, who served as a Grand Protector in the late Western Han dynasty and the General-in-Chief during the short-lived Xin dynasty. Her father, Zhen Yi, served as the Prefect of Shangcai County in the late Eastern Han dynasty, he died. Lady Zhen's mother, whose maiden family name was Zhang, was from Changshan Commandery. Lady Zhen's parents had five daughters: eldest son Zhen Yu, who died early. Lady Zhen was the youngest of the five daughters. Zhen Yi once brought his children to meet Liu Liang, a fortune teller, who commented on Lady Zhen, "This girl will become noble in the future." Unlike many children of her age, the young Lady Zhen did not enjoy playing.
Once, when she was eight years old, her sisters went to the balcony to watch a group of horse-riding performers outside their house but Lady Zhen did not join in. Her sisters were puzzled so they asked her, she responded, "Is this something a girl should watch?" When she was nine years old, she became interested in scholarly arts and started reading books and using her brothers' writing materials. Her brothers told her, "You should be learning; when you picked up reading, were you thinking of becoming a female academician?" Lady Zhen replied, "I heard that virtuous women in history learnt from the successes and failures of those who lived before them. If they didn't read, how did they learn all that?"Towards the end of the Eastern Han dynasty, after the death of Emperor Ling, China entered a chaotic period because the central government's authority weakened, regional officials and warlords started fighting each other in a bid to gain supremacy. The common people suffered from poverty and hunger, many wealthy households who owned expensive items such as jewellery offered to sell these valuables in return for food.
Lady Zhen's family had large stockpiles of grain, they planned to take advantage of the situation to sell their grain in exchange for valuable items. Lady Zhen, who about 10 years old at the time, said to her mother, "It's not wrong to own expensive items, but in this chaotic era, owning such items has become a wrongdoing. Our neighbours are suffering from hunger, so why don't we distribute our surplus grain to our fellow townsfolk? This is an act of graciousness and kindness." Her family heeded her advice. When Lady Zhen was 14, her second brother Zhen Yan died, she was grieved, she continued to show respect towards Zhen Yan's widow, helped to raise Zhen Yan's son. Lady Zhen's mother was strict towards her daughters-in-law and treated them harshly. Lady Zhen told her mother, "It's unfortunate. Second Sister-in-Law became widowed at such a young age and she's now left with only her son. You should treat your daughters-in-law better and love them as you would love your own daughters." Lady Zhen's mother was so touched that she cried, she started treating her daughters-in-law better and allowed them to accompany and wait on her.
Sometime in the middle of the Jian'an era of the reign of Emperor Xian, Lady Zhen married Yuan Xi, the second son of Yuan Shao, a warlord who controlled much of northern China. Yuan Shao put Yuan Xi in charge of You Province, so Yuan Xi left to assume his appointment. Lady Zhen did not follow her husband and remained in Ye, the administrative centre of Yuan Shao's domain, to take care of her mother-in-law. Yuan Shao died two years later. After his death, his sons Yuan Tan and Yuan Shang became embroiled in internecine struggles over their father's vast domain; when the Yuan brothers were exhausted from their wars against each other, Cao Cao attacked and defeated them, swiftly conquering the territories that used to be controlled by the Yuans. In 204, Cao Cao defeated Yuan Shang at the Battle of Ye and his forces occupied the city. Cao Cao's son, Cao Pi, met Lady Liu and Lady Zhen. Lady Zhen was so terrified. Cao Pi said, "What's going on, Madam Liu? Ask that lady to lift up her head!" Cao Pi was impressed and entranced by Lady Zhen's beauty when he saw her.
His father allowed him to marry her later. Another account of this incident stated that Lady Liu and Lady Zhen were in Yuan Shang's residence when Cao Pi entered. Lady Zhen's hair was dishevelled and she was crying behind her mother-in-law; when Cao Pi asked, Lady Liu told him. Cao Pi was so entranced by Lady Zhen's beauty that he treated her well. Yuan Xi was still alive at the time. Yuan Shang came to join him after his defeat by Cao Cao. In 207, Cao Cao defeated Yuan Xi, Yuan Shang and their Wuhuan allies at the Battle of White Wolf Mountain, after which they fled to Liaodong to join the warlord Gongsun Kang. Gongsun Kang fe