Zhu Kun, age nine, lives with his parents in a village near Ningbo that specializes in raising bonsai trees. Watch his father prune his bonsai. Go to school early with Zhu Kun and his friends to play ping pong, then watch farmers pick and process tea and his mother go to the open market and cook.
Nine-year-old Yu Qinbo and her family live in the city of Ningbo. We see what she has for breakfast, how she rides a city bus to school and how the students serve and then clean up after the school lunch. Then follow her mother and father to work and to shop at the market and watch as they cook, help Yu Qinbo with homework and enjoy karaoke together.