credits: THANKS JACKIE / http://rubystation.com/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=6338
English Title: Dali Princess
Chinese Title: 大理公主
Pinyin Title: Da Li Gong Zhu
Production: Mainland China
Film Setting: Dali, Yunnan
Year in Production: November 2005
Number of Episodes: 30
Film Official Site: http://www.poponline.com.cn/dzdx/dlgz/index.shtml
Ruby Lin as Ai Yue
Wang Ban as Liu Bo En
Liu Tao as Ah-Ci
Fan Zhiqi as Duan Muhai, Ai Yue's father
Gao Baobao as Yan Chahua
Jin Shuntzu as Zhao Baozhu
Thanks Jackie for translation
From Post #6329
Title: Dali Princess
Length: 30 episodes
Lin Hsinju -- Ai Yue
Liu Tao -- Ah-Xi [should be Ah-Ci]
Gao Baobao -- Yan Chahua
Wang Ban -- Liu Bo En
Fan Zhiqi -- Duan Muhai
Jin Shuntzu -- Zhao Baozhu
The eve of the 1911 Revolution, troubling times, Dali Nan Shan Zhuang master's beloved daughter Ai Yue - bright and intelligent, and servant girl Ah-Ci are like sisters. At the fire/flare festival, meets handsome Liu Bo En and Long Chulai. From this time on her love relationships travels a bumpy/rough road, and many difficulties in life.
On the eve of the 1911 Revolution, a time of troubles, Nan Shan Zhuang owner Yang [should be Duan] Muhai is making preparations for the fire/flare festival. Muhai is very wealthy. With the help of the Qing government looted people's wealth, his family lives in extravagance. Muhai's favorite is the youngest daughter Ai Yue, bright and intelligent, very understanding towards others but she is very clear on the lines of love and hate, she is not like other family members always ordering people around, shouting at the servants. Enmity developed between Ai Yue and servant girl Ah-Ci due to a small matter. Ah-Ci is a silly girl, no matter the time of day she likes to dance with bamboo pole and smoke box, sings folk songs. Her singing infected/influenced Ai Yue, always being mischievous with Ah-Ci. At the fire/flare festival is a handsome bright young fellow named Liu Bo En and Long Chulai, four young people meeting each other, get along very quickly.
Ai Yue gradually falls for Bo En, but she's too proud and unwilling to reveal her feelings. Instead this lets Ah-Ci to have the opportunity to be with him. Ah-Ci is passionately in love with Bo En. Long Chulai admires Ai Yue, but because of his ugly looks he keeps it to himself, can only secretly love Ai Yue.
The 1911 Revolution erupts, Muhai's family meets hard times, Bo En is assigned to Beijing, Ai Yue is forced to fulfill a childhood marriage contract - but is sold by her heartless husband to a notorious opium lord. Intead the ruthless Wang Kun is moved by Ai Yue's Sandao tea, a friendship arises b/w the two people and he also finances Ai Yue's tea garden.
Muhai suddenly dies, putting the heavy burden of the Duan family on Ai Yue's shoulders; on one hand she has to develop the tea garden, on the other she has to subside internal friction. For a while she is mentally and physically exhausted, fortunately Ah-Ci and Long Chulai comes out to help. As time wears on, Ai Yue developes a subtle feeling for Long Chulai, cannot say whether it's love or friendship.
The tea garden is becoming a success, Sandao tea becomes a sort of a local trademark. The members of the Daun family, under Ai Yue's training, each learned survival skills, they are no longer useless people who only eat and drink. At the same time Bo En returns, but Ai Yue discovers that her relationship w/ Ah-Ci has grown apart.
In 1915 Yuan Shi Kai proclaims himself the new emperor. The movement to protect the country starts in Yunnan, Ai Yue donates a massive amount of money to help the new army bring down Yuan. Long Chulai and Bo En join the movement together, heading go off to Yixing, defeats the northern army in the famous "Battle of Lu Na," but news about Bo En's death is transmitted from the front.
Ai Yue and Ah-Ci continue to manage the tea garden, both of them reconcile. Ai Yue unconditionally gives the tea garden to all the workers; as time passes, people start to forget the name of Ai Yue, only know that she comes from Dali and so they call her: "Dali Princess."