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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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  • 1
    anneyhmeng addedSean Xiao, Wang Yibo
    243
    43

    Premiered2019

    GenresXianxia

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    sbj18 addedBo Guan Jin, Bai Yu
    351
    226

    PremieredApril 2018

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  • 3
    sbj18 addedZhang Yujian,
    233
    191
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  • 4
    Hu Yi Tian, Shen Yue
    274
    325

    Premiered2017

    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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    154
    182
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    Bai Yu, Zhu Yi Long
    100
    257

    Premiered2018

    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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  • 7
    Zheng Shuang, Yang Yang
    317
    763

    Premiered2016

    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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  • 8
    Mini Yang, Marck Chao
    294
    757

    Premiered2017

    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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  • 9
    Yang Zi, Allen Deng
    250
    731

    Premiered2018

    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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    sbj18 added Zhang Chao,
    48
    179

    Premiered14 Enero de 2019

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  • 11
    Hu Ge, Liu Tao
    132
    690

    Premiered2015

    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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    28
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  • 13
    Chen Kun, Ni Ni
    97
    665

    Premiered2018

    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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    19
    156
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  • 16
    Wallace Huo, Sandra Ma
    79
    667

    Premiered2015

    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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  • 17
    Li Yi Tong, Qu Chu Xiao
    71
    613

    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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  • 18
    Cecelia Liu, Nicky Wu
    67
    609

    Premiered2011

    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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    Premiered2018

    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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  • 21
    Betty Sun, Chen Jian Bin
    45
    524

    Premiered2012

    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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  • 22
    Liu Tao, Rulu Jiang
    31
    463

    Premiered2017

    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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  • 23
    Zanilia Zhao, Ryan Zheng
    26
    406

    Premiered2015

    Being an adult can be daunting. A group of friends – Song Nuan, Zhou Ge Ge, Ruo Han and Ning Ba La – are classmates and roommates who are venturing out into the real world through internships prior to their graduation.

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  • 24
    Cheney Chen, Zheng Shuang
    37
    577

    Premiered2017

    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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  • 25
    Jiang Jin Fu, Bextiyar Gülnezer
    27
    453

    Premiered2016

    Legend of Nine Tails Fox is a 2016 Chinese television series based on six tales in Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio: "Feng San Niang", "A Xiu", "Ying Ning", "Hu Si Xiang Gong", "Chang Ting" and "Heng Niang".

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