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Love Around (Chinese: 真愛黑白配; pinyin: Zhen Ai Hei Bai Pei) is a 2013 Taiwanese idol romantic comedy television series. The television drama was produced and created by Sanlih E-Television starring George Hu as the male main lead and Annie Chen as the female main lead.[1] The Chinese title literally translate to "Real love black and white". Filming began on 15 May 2013 and finished on 5 October 2013. It began airing on 9 June 2013 on TTV channel after King Flower.[2] Final episode aired on 27 October 2013 with a total of 21 episodes.

Love Around
Promotional poster
Also known asReal Love Black and White, Zhen Ai Hei Bai Pei
GenreRomance, Comedy
Created bySanlih E-Television
Directed byZhang Jinrong 張晉榮(Ep 1–7)
Wu Mengen 吳蒙恩(Ep 7–21)
StarringGeorge Hu 胡宇威
Annie Chen 陳庭妮
Opening themeCome Back To Me by Bii 畢書盡
Ending themeNothing To Do With Happiness 幸福無關 by Bii 畢書盡
Country of originRepublic of China (Taiwan)
Original languagesMandarin
with some Hokkien dialogue
No. of series1
No. of episodes21
ProducersFang Xiaoren 方孝仁
Xie Yisheng 謝益勝
Production locationTaiwan
Running time90 minutes
Production companiesGolden Bloom Production Co., Ltd. 金牌風華影像製作公司
Original networkTTV
Picture formatSDTV
Original release9 June (2013-06-09) 
27 October 2013 (2013-10-27)
Preceded byKing Flower 金大花的華麗冒險
Followed byDeja Vu 回到愛以前

This marks the second series that George Hu and Annie Chen co-starred and paired up with each other after Love, Now in 2012.[3] Due to the success and positive response of their pairing on their previous drama "Love, Now" Sanlih decided to pair up George Hu and Annie Chen again, 3-month after their previous drama ended.


Two individuals with opposite family backgrounds, she is the daughter of a former Chief of Police and he is the son of a former triad boss, become friends when both have just been dumped by their significant others. They use their heartbreak to console each other but soon their friendship turns to love, but their love may not survive when she publicly offends a man she doesn't know is his father.


It' s Zhou Zhen's birthday, but his heart is broken. His ex-girlfriend who had previously promised to celebrate each birthday with him, broke up with him recently due to his family's background. His father was a former triad boss who has since left that life for over 10 years and is now a land developer. To get over his heartbreak he goes to a recreational batting cage facility, and by chance he meets Liang Xiao Shu, who is there to purchase a birthday gift for her boyfriend. The baseball bat that Xiao Shu wants is not for purchase and must be won by entering in a batting contest. In order to practice for the contest, she uses an empty batting cage that Zhou Zhen has reserved since he does not like others by his side when he is batting. Zhou Zhen ask her to leave and they have an argument about having common courtesy for others. Zhou Zhen does not listen and ask her to leave immediately or else he will have the staff drag her out, knowing there is no way to reason with him she abides and walks away. During the contest Xiao Shu finds out it is impossible for her to win since she is not good at batting. Seeing how great Zhou Zhen is at batting she begs him to enter the contest and win the baseball bat for her by telling him it's a gift she really wants to get her boyfriend for his birthday. He agrees, seeing it's a gift for her boyfriend's birthday and wins the baseball bat for her.

Xiao Shu is extremely happy she got the prize and can't wait to present it to her boyfriend. While on her way to meet her boyfriend, she accidentally gets in a taxi that Zhou Zhen is already riding in, she apologizes and gets out. Seeing it's heavily pouring rain and Xiao Shu just standing out in the open waiting for another taxi Zhou Zhen guilt gets the better of him and he ask the taxi driver to turn back. He decides to share the taxi with Xiao Shu. Xiao Shu spends almost the entire taxi ride talking on her cell phone with her mom and hadn't noticed when Zhou Zhen got off at his stop. She asked the taxi driver about Zhou Zhen when she notice he wasn't in the taxi anymore, the driver tells her he has already been dropped off at his stop but has also already paid for his and her fare. She ask the driver to turn back to his stop because she wanted to pay him back for paying for her fare. While looking for Zhou Zhen at his family resort/hotel she sees her boyfriend with another women. She decides to follow them and confront them. Zhou Zhen sees her and follows her since he does not know why she is there. Upon confronting her boyfriend Xiao Shu gets dumped by him and yelled at for being too conservative and cold. Zhou Zhen witnesses their argument, not being able to take it he beats up Xiao Shu's ex-boyfriend.

The two slowly become friends to get over their heartbreaks, but Xiao Shu not knowing Zhou Da Kuan is Zhou Zhen's father offends Zhou Da Kuan on her radio program since she does not believe he is a fully reformed person and is still using his mafia ways in business dealings. Upon hearing her radio broadcast Zhou Da Kuan is furious and ask his colleague to buy out Xiao Shu's radio station. He also enlist friends to remove their advertisement from her radio station. Since Xiao Shu does not want her parents to worry about the situation at the radio station she relays her problems to Zhou Zhen. Zhou Zhen finds out that his father is behind all the problems happening at the radio station. Not wanting to have disagreements with his father and still wanting to keep Xiao Shu as his friend, he ask Xiao Shu to give him a job at her radio station so that he can secretly help her stay afloat.

Xiao Shu and Zhou Da Kuan's situation gets cleared up later on and Zhou Zhen is asked by his father to leave the radio station and return to his work at the family resort. With Zhou Zhen no longer at the radio station Xiao Shu realizes she had fallen in love with him. Not knowing how to tell him she uses all kinds of tactics to see if he likes her too, even praying to the god of relationships and offering Zhou Zhen a piece of candy from the shrine that is supposed to make the person that eats it fall in love with the person that offers it. Zhou Zhen refuses the candy at first making Xiao Shu feel lost, but being away from Xiao Shu has also made Zhou Zhen realize he has feelings for her too but he too does not know how to approach her about it. He later finds out the meaning of the candy Xiao Shu had offered him earlier and eats it in front of her letting her know he wants to be with her too.

Xiao Shu and Zhou Zhen parents decide to set up a lunch date to meet each other since both of their children are in a committed relationship. Each side finding out that they had met before because Zhou Da Kuan is the person responsible for the accidental death of Xiao Shu's younger brother. Liang Mama's mental disorder comes back upon meeting Zhou Da Kuan again. Liang Papa demands Zhou Zhen end his relationship with Xiao Shu immediately as he does not want anyone related to Zhou Da Kuan involve with his family. At first Zhou Zhen refuses but seeing how severe Liang Mama's disorder is he agrees to end the relationship hoping Liang Mama's disorder won't become anymore worst. Zhou Zhen lies to Xiao Shu telling her he has gotten back together with his ex-girlfriend. She is heartbroken but is aware of the true reasons why he broke up with her and fights for their relationship to continue.

Xiao Shu regains part of her childhood memory and remembers that her father is also to blame for her brother's death. She thanks (unable to apologize because he was still partially responsible for her brother's death) Zhou Da Kuan for taking the full responsibility all these years and also lets him know she was at the scene of the accident and remembers everything now. Zhou Zhen realizes how much pain Xiao Shu must be in due to their break up and remembering the details to her brother's death, he decides to get back together with her because he still loves her very much and can't bear to see her go through so much pain alone. He lets her know that love is between two people and that he is horrible for not even fighting for their love. He apologizes for breaking up with her and lets her know how much he really loves her.

Liang Mama finds out her husband is partial to blame for their son's death. She ask for a divorce because she can't forgive him for hiding such a huge secret all these years. While away from his family Liang Papa and Zhou Da Kuan make amends and let bygones be bygones since both are aware they will most likely end up being in laws. Xiao Shu proposes that she and Zhou Zhen get married because she wants to reunite her parents at her wedding day. At first Liang Mama does not agree to Xiao Shu marrying Zhou Zhen because she does not want to see her husband. When Liang Mama finally agrees to them marrying Zhou Zhen questions Xiao Shu if she really wants to get marry and then proposes to her with a heart shaped ring. They get married at the chapel at Zhou Zhen's resort.[citation needed]


Main cast

A quiet and reserved person. He is extremely loyal and protective of his loved ones. He grew up without any friends due to his isolated childhood upbringing. His mother died when he was young and his father, a former triad boss served a prison sentence for most of his childhood. He was raised by his grandmother and took care of his younger sister for most of his childhood. He manages his family seaside hotel/resort business. He loved his former girlfriend very much but she broke up with him without giving a reason. He meets Xiao Shu by accident, over a misunderstood argument. The two become fast friends to get over their heartbreak and soon starts falling for each other.
Owner and DJ of radio station Asia FM 92.7. She has a sunny and righteous personality due to her father being the former police chief. She believes justice must be served to those that deserves it. She meets Zhou Zhen while lecturing him about having common courtesy for others. The two become friends when Zhou Zhen stands up for her when she is being dumped and bullied by her cheating ex-boyfriend. She starts falling for Zhen while the two go through a heartbreak together, but she also offends Zhou Da Kuan, whom she didn't know was Zhen's father.
Xiao Shu's neighbor and childhood friend. He meets Xiao Shu again when he runs into her at a café after returning from the US. He works as an accountant, but he also helps Xiao Shu manage the radio station finances during his free time. He was often neglected as a child by both of his parents and spent most of his after school days at Xiao Shu's home, where Xiao Shu's mother would make him an after school snack and dinner. His parents divorced when he was young and he moved to the US with his father. He has been in love with Xiao Shu since their childhood but she only thinks of him as a brother. He meets Zhou Ying Ying while saving her from an on coming motorbike, it causes her embarrassment and she gets mad at him. She demands he apologizes for the incident, he refuses and she harasses and pesters him until he agrees to apologize to her.
Zhou Zhen's younger sister. She grew up spoiled due to her brother being overly protective of her. Her days consist of going shopping and having fun with her friends. She meets Gao Zhe Xuan when he saves her from an on coming motorbike but while saving her he accidentally causes her embarrassment. Not being thankful and gracious she demands he apologizes to her. He refuses and bluntly tells her what he thinks of her which leads to her starting up her own clothing boutique to prove him wrong. To show Zhe Xuan how wrong he is of her she personally hires him as her accountant, but the more she gets to know him the more she falls for him seeing what a good man he is.

Supporting cast

Zhou Da Kuan's Mother. Zhou Zhen and Ying Ying's grandmother. She's a loving mother and grandmother who only wants her entire family to be happy. When Zhen and Xiao Shu goes through a rough period in their relationship, she tries her best to help them get past it. She enjoys playing the app game Candy Crush and mah jong.
Zhou Zhen and Ying Ying's father. A former triad boss leader who has since been reformed. He decided to give up his criminal past when he accidentally kills a young boy while fleeing from the police. After being released from prison he made his fortune honestly in real estate and investing in bankrupted businesses. He does not like to be reminded of his criminal past and tends to use unethical ways to quiet the ones that criticizes him. Xiao Shu, who thinks he is still dealing business with his triad past offends him on her radio program.
Xiao Shu's mother and Liang Yi Lei's wife. A caring mother who is overly protective of her daughter. She is a stay at home mom who reminds her forgetful daughter of her curfew each night. She approves of Xiao Shu and Zhen's, who she refers to as Mr. Handsome, relationship even when she finds out his father was a former triad boss. She cannot get over her sons death and has gone through mental instability due to it.
Xiao Shu's father and Tang Hui Shan's husband. A retired chief of police who is highly respected by his family and former peers. A protective father who testes Zhen to see if he truly loves his daughter due to her past cheating boyfriend. Knowing of Zhen's family past he approves his and Xiao Shu's relationship seeing that Zhen really loves his daughter, but once he finds out who Zhen's father really is he demands Zhen to end their relationship immediately. He seems like a honorable man in the eyes of his family but he has a secret that he has been keeping from everyone.
Xiao Shu's friend since college. Works and helps Xiao Shu manage Asia FM 92.7 radio station. A overly protective friend, she helps Xiao Shu realize her feelings for Zhen. Later she accidentally falls in love with Zhen's personal assistant Fei Li, but keeps it a secret from everyone else as she does not want others to know of their relationship.
Former one hit wonder singer who is currently a DJ at Asia FM 92.7 radio station. He constantly wants to regain his past fame by playing his one hit song on the radio over and over again. All the female staff at the radio station does not take him seriously and thinks of him as just one of the girls. A self proclaimed ladies man, he later matures up when he meets the new station manager, Penny and falls for her.
Astrologer DJ at Asia FM 92.7 radio station who is in charge of giving daily horoscope readings. Does not respect James and thinks of him as a immature joke at the station. She disappears from the station period at a time when it is mentioned that she is unable to give horoscope or feng shui readings.
Asia FM 92.7 radio station office assistant. Her main duties at the station is to assist everyone and order lunch.
Zhou Zhen's former girlfriend who breaks up with him because she said his father's background as a former triad boss tarnishes her reputation as a music teacher, but actually she really loves him and did so because she was going blind and didn't want to be a burden to him. When her sight is restored she attempts to reunite with Zhen but by that time he had fallen in love with Xiao Shu and only wanted to be her friend.
Zhou Zhen's personal assistant and driver who helps him run the seaside hotel/resort. It is assumed that he is a former triad member due to his mannerism. He later develops a crush on Jessica by accident, with his persistent towards her the two end up dating later on.
Ying Ying's best friend. She is a short plump girl who is extremely loyal to Ying Ying and helps her with her schemes. She has a crush on Zhou Zhen and later develops one on Zhe Xuan. She helps Ying Ying run her clothing boutique.

Cameo appearances

Xiao Shu's cheating ex-boyfriend who Zhou Zhen beats up while defending her. Xiao Shu catches him having a rendezvous with another women at Zhen's resort/hotel on his birthday.
Works for Zhou Da Kuan, whom Zhou Da Kuan enlist to try to acquire Asia FM 92.7 radio station. He sets up a meeting with Xiao Shu and tells her that he is interested in buying her radio station.
Chen Ping Ying's Ophthalmologist (eye doctor). When Zhen runs into him and Ping Ying together she lies to Zhen by telling him that her eye doctor is her new boyfriend.
Daughter of Zhou Da Kuan friend who is staying at the resort/hotel. She just returned from the US and Da Kuen tries to set her up with Zhou Zhen.
Zhou Zhen's friend who he bike races against to get a commercial advertising contract from for Asia FM 92.7 radio station. Even though Zhen did not win the bike race, Peter decides to give him the contract anyway when Zhen is injured and he finds out he did all this for a woman.
Zhou Zhen's friend and former employee who he enlist to help manage Asia FM 92.7 finances. James falls in love with her at first sight, he matures up and pursues her after finding out she is a single mother with a young daughter with an illness.
A corrupt politician who drove drunk and caused a hit and run on a young boy that was witnessed by Xiao Shu. He kidnaps Xiao Shu and holds her hostage at a secluded house when she threatens to report him to the authorities. When Zhou Zhen tries to rescue Xiao Shu he has him beaten up.


Love Around did not release an official soundtrack album. Majority of the songs used for the drama soundtrack are from Bii's 2013 album "Come Back To Bii".[4] Other songs in the soundtrack are taken from Miu's 2013 album "The Power of Being 存在的力量", Elleya Tao's digital single "I Love You" and Jhan Yu Chi's 2013 album "Before Departure 啟程前".[5][6][7]


Love Around Official Photobook
(真愛黑白配 寫真書)
Cover image and magazine inserts
AuthorS-Pop 華流, Sanlih E-Television 三立電視監製
Published2013 Takami Corp. 高見文化行銷股份有限公司
Media typePrint paperback

* 30 September 2013 : Love Around Official Photobook (真愛黑白配 寫真書) – barcode 4717095572034 Takami Corp. 高見文化行銷股份有限公司 – Author: Sanlih E-Television 三立電視監製

A special 120 page edition of Sanlih's monthly magazine S-Pop 華流 was published in September 2013 to exclusively devote to the drama "Love Around". The special issue contains 8 collectible postcards, a miniature die-cut card board cut out of George Hu and Annie Chen, and a fold out poster of George Hu and Annie Chen from their photo shoot for S-Pop July 2013 issue. The contents contain behind the scenes and production images of the drama, introductions to the drama story line and characters, exclusive cast interviews and soundtrack lyrics info.[8]

* 2 July 2013 : S-Pop Vol. 7 July 2013 (華流 7月號/2013) – barcode 4717095583306 Wisdom Distribution 大智通文化 – Author: Sanlih E-Television 三立電視監製

For the July 2013 issue of S-Pop magazine, four different covers were published pertaining to "Love Around". The four different covers featured George Hu & Annie Chen together, Annie Chen alone, George Hu alone, and singer Bii who sang the opening and closing theme song for the drama.

Filming locations

Love Around was filmed entirely on location in Taiwan. Asia FM 92.7, the radio station depicted in the drama is an actual free to air radio station in Taiwan with its headquarters and broadcasting station in Taoyuan City, Taoyuan County.[9] The building and set used in the drama to depict the radio station is actually an office building located at 257 Xinhu 2nd Rd., Neihu District, Taipei City, which is only a few blocks from Sanlih's broadcasting headquarters in the Neihu District of Taipei. The resort that Zhou Zhen owns is the former "Leo Ocean Resort" now called "EHR Hotels & Resorts Yilan", located in Yilan County.[10] The homes of both main lead characters are located in the newly developed area of Danshui District New Taipei City.

Production team


NetworkCountry/LocationAiring DateTimeslotNotes
TTVTaiwan9 June 2013Sundays, 10–11:30 pmPremiere
SETTV15 June 2013Saturdays, 10–11:30 pm
ETTV16 June 2013Sundays, 7:30-9pm
TTV16 June 2013Sundays, 12:30–2:00 pmReplay

Episode ratings

Love Around ranked first in its pilot episode, and has continued to rank first for all its episodes. Its drama competitors are CTV's Love SOS and The Birth of the Queen, CTS's Lucky Touch, and FTV's Fabulous Boys and IUUI. The viewers survey is conducted by AGB Nielsen.[28]

Air dateEpisodeAverage ratingsRankBehind-the-scenes
average ratings
9 June 201311.9711.7415–24 y.o. female viewers average:4.49
16 June 201322.1611.3530–49 y.o. female viewers average:3.96
23 June 201332.3311.62
30 June 201342.4811.57
7 July 201352.471
14 July 201362.531
Juny 21, 201372.221
28 July 201382.401
4 August 201392.561
11 August 2013102.071
18 August 2013112.551
25 August 2013122.551
1 September 2013131.991
8 September 2013141.841
15 September 2013152.021
22 September 2013162.081
29 September 2013171.751
6 October 2013181.961
13 October 2013191.581
20 October 2013201.891
27 October 2013212.161
Average rating2.17

Awards and nominations

The 2013 Sanlih Drama Awards Ceremony were held on 22 December 2013 at Sanlih's headquarters and broadcasting studios at No. 159, Section 1, Jiuzong Rd, Neihu District Taipei City, Taiwan.[29]

Year Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2013 2013 Sanlih Drama Awards 華劇大賞 Best Crying Award George Hu & Annie Chen Nominated
Best Kiss Award George Hu & Annie Chen Nominated
Best Lady Killer Award Jian Chang Nominated
Best Foolishly Award Wang Juan Nominated
Best Screen Couple Award George Hu & Annie Chen Nominated
Weibo Popularity Award George Hu Nominated
Annie Chen Nominated
Most Popular Overseas Award George Hu Won
Viewers Choice Award Love Around Nominated
Best Actress Award Annie Chen Won
Best Actor Award George Hu Nominated



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