Entertainment The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas  

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Heightened drama keeps viewers coming back for more in the best Chinese dramas and soap operas. The top Chinese dramatic TV shows tell ongoing stories about characters who would do anything for each other - and others who would betray their own families to get ahead. This is a list of the best Chinese soap operas and dramas, including everything from Lost in 1949 to Rui's Royal Love in the Palace.

What series will you find on this list of Chinese dramas and soap operas? Both Nirvana in Fire and Nirvana in Fire 2 dominate lists of the most popular Chinese dramas. Based on a novel of the same name, they're just two of the drama shows that bring favorite stories from page to screen. Other good Chinese dramas based on books are Guardian, Medical Examiner Dr. Qin and Secrets of Three Kingdoms.

Do you have a favorite Chinese drama? Vote up the best and add any we may have missed.

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Eternal Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Eternal Love Mini Yang, Marck Chao, Dilraba Dilmurat

70,000 years after the immortal tribe paid a heavy price to the demon lord who broke free, Bai Qian is sent to the mortal realm. In the mortal world, she meets Ye Hua and falls in love with him after forgetting about her life as a goddess.

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A Love So Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
A Love So Beautiful Hu Yi Tian, Shen Yue, Zhang He Hao Zhen

High school classmates Chen Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen are neighbors. Together with their fellow classmates - the funny Lu Yang, athletic but loyal Jingjing, and cool swimming team member Wu Bo Song - they embark on high school life, to university, and onward to their adult life.

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Ashes of Love is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Ashes of Love Yang Zi, Allen Deng, Leo Luo

The Flower Goddess, dying in childbirth, feeds her daughter Jin Mi the Unfeeling Pill and orders her subordinates to keep the girl's birth a secret and imprison her in Shui Jing for 10,000 years. After events bring the Heavenly Emperor's second son to Shui Jing, and they develop feelings for each other.

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Nirvana in Fire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Nirvana in Fire Hu Ge, Liu Tao, Kai Wang

Based off the novel by Hai Yan. During the Datong era of the Southern Liang Dynasty, General Lin Xie is framed by a political rival, causing the unjust deaths of seventy thousand Chi Yan army soldiers, just after they drive off the hostile Wei forces.

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Love O2O is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Love O2O Zheng Shuang, Yang Yang, Mao Xio Tong

Xiao Nai is a gaming expert who, courtesy of his basketball skills, academic excellence, swimming talent and game company presidency, also happens to be the most popular student on campus. When he first comes across the gorgeous computer science major Bei Wei Wei, the infinitely talented wunderkind immediately falls in love. But it’s not Bei’s looks that he notices; it’s the ridiculous mastery with which she commands her guild for an online multiplayer game that makes her impossible to forget.

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The King's Woman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
The King's Woman

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Eternal Love is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Eternal Love

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The Rise of Phoenixes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
The Rise of Phoenixes Chen Kun, Ni Ni, Zhao Li Xin

Feng Zhi Wei cross-dresses as a man to attend the prestigious Qingming Academy and stuns the world with her talent and knowledge. She remains loyal and honest to the reigning Emperor during the princes’ fight for the throne, yet soon finds out she is the only surviving royalty of a fallen kingdom.

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Love Me If You Dare is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Love Me If You Dare Wallace Huo, Sandra Ma, Zhang Edward

Getting inside the head of a violent criminal is not easy. But Simon, Bo Jinyan, a brilliant criminal psychologist, has the ability to get into the minds of even the most mysterious and violent criminals. He’s a professor at The University of Maryland and works as an analyst and advisor on the police department’s most violent or difficult cases. With the help of his young assistant, Jenny Jian Yao, Simon delves into the thoughts and intentions of the criminal mind. As the daughter of a veteran police investigator with a deep sense of justice, can Jenny help Simon open up emotionally as they work together to solve crimes?

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Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palac... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace Zhou, Xun, Wallace Huo

Chronicling the marriage of Qianlong Emperor and Ulanara, the Step Empress, Ruyi learns that marrying the king was easy, but now comes the hard part: staying alive.

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Scarlet Heart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Scarlet Heart Cecelia Liu, Nicky Wu, Kevin Cheng

Through a car accident, Zhang Xiao travels back in time into a body of one of her previous reincarnations, a 16 years old aristocratic Manchu girl, Maertai Ruoxi, living in the Qing Dynasty. Although she knows she should not get involved in palace intrigues over the succession to the throne, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the struggle.

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Bloody Romance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Bloody Romance Li Yi Tong, Qu Chu Xiao, Wang Duo

In the turbulent interregnum following the collapse of the Tang dynasty, a young daughter of a herbalist is tricked and sold into a brothel. After a harrowing escape from death, she eventually finds herself in a city of female assassins. Assuming the new name of Wan Mei, she begins to learn the ropes of being an assassin from Chang An, a young man who acts as her guide and warder.

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Rush to the Dead Summer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Rush to the Dead Summer Cheney Chen, Zheng Shuang, Bai Jing Ting

A story that spans a period of ten years about friendship, alienation, and one ultimate betrayal that breaks the group of close friends - each going their own way and entering society.

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Nirvana in Fire 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Nirvana in Fire 2 Huang Xiao Ming, Liu Hao Ran, Tong Li Ya

Shadowy plots battle once again with righteous conduct in this sequel, as familial ties, moral values, ambition, and coming of age themes take the protagonists through a tumultuous road to finding oneself.

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Guardian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Guardian Bai Yu, Zhu Yi Long, Li Yan

Based on the novel Zhen Hun written by Priest. Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei are tasked with upholding peace between deities, demons and humans, and their friendship transcends past and present lifetimes.

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My Amazing Boyfriend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
My Amazing Boyfriend

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Medical Examiner Dr. Qin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Medical Examiner Dr. Qin Ruoyun Zhang, Junyan Jiao, Xian Li

Medical Examiner Dr. Qin is a 2016 Chinese web series adapted from the novel The Eleventh Finger by Qin Ming. It follows an investigative team consisting of medical examiner Qin Ming, his assistant Li Dabao and police officer Lin Tao as they solve mysterious criminal cases.

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Lost in 1949 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Lost in 1949 Chen Kun, Wan Qian, Liao Fan

On New Year’s Day in 1949, female accountant Huang Li Wen returns to her hometown Shanghai in order to commemorate her husband and comrade’s death. As a Communist agent, she is ordered to obtain valuable information for the Communist Party and aid them in their quest for liberation. During her mission, Li Wen is reunited with her family members and becomes acquainted with the streetwise Qiao Zhi Cai and his younger twin brother Qiao Li Jie, who turns out to be a key player in Huang Li Wen’s mission.

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Love, Just Come is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Love, Just Come Hang Dong, Jiang Kai Tong, Wei Lee

Qing Ling grew up in an orphanage. She is a kind, cheerful and helpful girl with a perfect sense of smell that she uses to develop perfume. Qing Ling's dream is to create a perfume to pay back the orphanage and help society.

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Ode to Joy 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Ode to Joy 2 Liu Tao, Rulu Jiang, Olivia Wang

Five women live on the 22 floor of the same apartment. Different in personalities they each have their own struggles in their career, family and love life.

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Love Won't Wait is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Love Won't Wait Vanness Wu, Baak Ji Jeung, Hsu Thassapak

Wan Shi Cheng is a self-made man who started out as a street vendor. After 40 years of hard work, he has succeeded in establishing the biggest restaurant in the city. However, his family is on the brink of collapse.

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Legend of Concubine Zhen Huan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Legend of Concubine Zhen Huan Betty Sun, Chen Jian Bin, Choi Ada

A young woman born of Eigh Banners family marries the Emperor. After surviving through many murderous scandals and betrayals, she prevails as the most powerful woman in the Emperor's harem, the Empress dowager. In the process, she transforms from a kind-hearted, clever girl to a power hungry, manipulative woman.

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Secrets of Three Kingdoms is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Secrets of Three Kingdoms Ray Ma, Wan Qian, Elvis Han

Based on the novel San Guo Ji Mi by Ma Boyong, the story revolves around the secrets during the Three Kingdoms era, focusing on the intense rivalry between the Imperial Han and Cao Cao.

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Diamond Lover is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
Diamond Lover Tiffany Tang, Rain, Luo Jin

A young woman suffers difficulty in her work and love life due to her unattractive appearance, until she meets the right guy.

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The Endless Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chinese Dramas and Soap Operas
The Endless Love An Yue Xi, Chen Ruo Xuan, Wei Miles

The young gifted painter Gu Ye Bai is affected by a mental disease, to him, the world has lost all its colors. While preparing for an international arts competition, he gets to know the amiable Lu You Yan. She will help him heal his mind and fight for his dream of becoming a recognized painter.