City of the City A TV Series Captivating Millions with a Tale of Financial Ambition

City of the City: A TV Series Captivating Millions with a Tale of Financial Ambition

City of the City” TV series, adapted from Teng Xiaolan’s novel, explores China’s 2018 financial reforms, amassing 346 million views in April. 


City of the City

Beijing: During a recent seminar, it was revealed that the TV series City of the City, adapted from Teng Xiaolan’s award-winning novel, has become a massive hit. 

The show amassed an impressive 346 million views in April, making it one of the most-watched TV series of the month.

Set against China’s financial reforms in 2018, the series follows the journey of Tao Wuji, a determined young man from a small town who secures a position as a teller at a bank in Lujiazui, Shanghai’s bustling financial hub

Alongside his girlfriend, who is also a financial industry professional, Tao navigates a world brimming with opportunities, earning accolades from high-ranking executives for his dedication and talent.

The series, Starring Bai Yufan, Yu Hewei, Xia Meng, and Yang Zishan, premiered on CCTV-1 and iQiyi on April 9, captivating audiences with its compelling narrative. 


Luo Yi, deputy director of the Shanghai Radio and Television Administration, highlighted the rarity of the show’s focus on financial reforms and the industry’s intergenerational dynamics.

Yang Bei, senior vice president of iQiyi, shared that City of the City quickly climbed the ranks on the streaming platform, generating over 40 million real-time comments as viewers engaged with the storyline.

Director Teng Huatao‘s meticulous approach to storytelling, blending professional insights into the financial sector with relatable human drama, has been pivotal to the series’ success. 

By exploring the choices and dilemmas faced by financial professionals in a transformative era, the show underscores the vital role of finance in the real economy, resonating with audiences on a profound level.

City of the City stands out not just for its engaging plot but also for its deep dive into the intricacies of the financial world, making it a must-watch for anyone interested in the dynamics of China’s economic landscape.


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