31 C-Dramas That Are All The Rage Right Now [2022]

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Move over, K-dramas. While we’re still in love with our oppas, it’s time to recognise the new trend in town. From historical dramas filled with thrilling action scenes to modern romantic stories that will melt your heart, Chinese dramas have gained a huge following across the globe. Whether you’re new to C-dramas or are an avid fan looking for new titles to watch, here are 31 of the best Chinese dramas in 2022 that will have you hooked! Psst, we’ve also included a bonus of the best Chinese dramas from 2021 that has high rewatch value!

Why are Chinese dramas so popular?

Chinese dramas (or C-dramas, to be casual) have been taking over the screen by storm lately with amazing cast lineups and intriguing storylines. As China becomes a global entertainment powerhouse, more investments are pumped into producing high quality drama series. According to South China Morning Post, it’s not rare for C-dramas to cost more than a whopping 100 million yuan (~SGD21.3 million)! With high quality production and a stellar cast, it’s no wonder Chinese dramas have been attracting more and more viewers from around the world!

Best Chinese historical dramas in 2022

1. Ms. Cupid In Love

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Remember Jin Zi Xuan from The Untamed? The young master of the Jin Clan is back in action again, this time as a charming immortal in Ms. Cupid In Love! While many historical xianxia (fantasy martial arts) dramas have a darker theme and heavier plot, Ms. Cupid In Love is a fun light watch – perfect for days when you want to take your mind off work or school stress! 

Synopsis: Bo Yan (Cao Yu Chen) is an unfazed thousand-year-old immortal who has dealt with all kinds of mortal affairs. However, he accidentally screws up the marriages within the mortal world and is demoted to the mortal realm as punishment. In the mortal world, he meets Shangguan Ya (Tian Xi Wei) who is a quirky young woman running a matchmaking business. The two team up to save the world’s marriages from chaos and gradually develop feelings for one another. However, can a human and an immortal really be together? 

Cast: Cao Yu Shen, Tian Xi Wei, Xiao Yu Liang
Genre: Historical, romance, wuxia (martial heroes), fantasy, comedy
Episodes: 24
Available on: Viki, Youku

2. The Autumn Ballad

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In ancient times, women are expected to be docile, submissive and graceful. This is seen in many of the best Chinese historical dramas of 2022 and 2021. However, our protagonist in The Autumn Ballad is exactly the opposite! She is kickass, strong and opinionated – definitely out to shatter the damsel in distress stereotype. Watch as Qiu Yan battle all odds and stand out for herself through the ups and downs in The Autumn Ballad

Synopsis: Despite being born to the prestigious Qiu family, the witty and strong-willed Qiu Yan (Qiao Xin) is the daughter of a lowly concubine. As such, the Qiu family doesn’t pay much attention to her and are quick to marry her off when she comes of age. When her fiancé dies during the marriage ceremony, Qiu Yan is marked as a woman who brings bad luck to her husband. As such, she is forced to be entombed alive with her husband. To escape from this ill fate, Qiu Yan runs away and is caught by the cold-faced duke, Liang Yi (Jeremy Tsui). Liang Yi finds her different from the typical submissive ladies in town and decides to help her find a way out of this tricky situation. 

Cast: Jeremy Tsui, Qiao Xin, Lin Rui Lin, Kabby Hui
Genre: Historical, romance, mystery
Episodes: 34
Available on: WeTV

3. Sassy Beauty

If you’re a fan of romance simulation games – video games with dating sims and a strong focus on relationship development, Sassy Beauty will be right up your alley! Marrying historical drama storylines with VR game technology, Sassy Beauty will have you blushing as our protagonist chooses between several rich and handsome heroes during her involvement in the game! This is the best 2022 Chinese drama if you’re up for a fun rom-com! 

Synopsis: Beauty blogger Si Yan (Snow Kong) is sucked into a historical Chinese-style beauty VR game by accident. To her frustration, she is assigned the role of a lowly dressing maid. Unable to escape the game, Si Yan decides to take advantage of her superb makeup skills and knowledge to climb the social ladder and make a name for herself in the game. Just as things are going well for her, the game decides to distract her with a handful of handsome young heroes who are out to steal her heart! Can Si Yan withstand the seduction and make it to the top rank to escape the game? 

Cast: Snow Kong, Yan Zi Dong
Genre: Historical, romance, comedy, fantasy
Episodes: 24
Available on: iQiyi

4. Oh My Lord 

Get ready to feast your eyes on the most handsome man of Fuxian City in Oh My Lord! Starring our favourite duo, Luo Zheng and Ji Mei Han from Make My Heart Smile, this drama tells of a fluffy romance that’s filled with comedic twists and turns! If you’re looking for a drama that will put a smile on your face and actors that are easy on the eyes (wink), this is the best 2022 Chinese drama to add to your watch list!

Synopsis: Fuxian City is a place where beauty is held in high regard. To put it bluntly, you will be set for life if you’ve got good looks. As such, the Fuxian people spend most of their time trying to improve their appearance. But no matter what they do, no one can beat the handsome Lord QianSui. Despite being the most good looking man, Lord QianSui has a cold, unapproachable and unpredictable personality. He is also a eunuch who is highly regarded by the city lord. However, Lord QianSui hides a big secret – he is uncastrated and is only pretending to be a eunuch to uncover a mystery. By fate, Lord QianSui meet Chen Youyou, a witty and cheerful girl who is forced to marry him. While Lord QianSui hides his identity and tries to trick Chen Youyou, he unknowingly finds himself falling for her. 

Cast: Ji Mei Han, Luo Zheng
Genre: Historical, romance, comedy
Episodes: 15
Available on: iQiyi

5. Royal Feast 

If you’re a huge fan of Story Of Yanxi Palace, we’ve got great news for you! Even though Wei Ying Luo and Fuca Fu Heng didn’t have a happy ending in Story Of Yanxi Palace, the two have reunited again in Royal Feast (squeals)! This time, they play the roles of the Emperor and a maid of the food bureau. You can expect many mouthwatering culinary scenes and even gain some recipe inspirations from more than 1,000 dishes shown in this best 2022 Chinese drama! Doesn’t this drama remind you of the hit Korean culinary-themed historical drama, Jewel In The Palace? According to Mango TV, Royal Feast has hit more than 400 million views within five days of its debut. Now, this is surely the latest Chinese drama you won’t want to miss!

Synopsis: During the Ming dynasty, Yao Zi Jin (Wu Jin Yan) enters the palace to be a maid of the food bureau. Here, she creates many amazing gourmet dishes that impressed the Forbidden City. As she works her way up to become the head chef at the imperial palace, she encounters an unexpected romance with Zhu Zhan Ji (Xu Kai), the crown prince who is next in line for the throne. 

Cast: Xu Kai, Wu Jin Yan, Wang Yi Zhe
Genre: Historical, food, romance
Episodes: 40
Available on: WeTV, Mango TV, 

Best Chinese romantic modern dramas in 2022

6. Dream Garden

Dream Garden is one of the best modern romantic Chinese dramas in 2022, dealing with psychological problems and issues with the heart. After acting as a demon master, expert gamer, firefighter and a handsome college sweetheart in 2021, we’re thrilled to see Gong Jun playing the part of a professional psychological counsellor for the first time. Surely, those soulful eyes will heal even the deepest emotional scars?

Synopsis: Xiao Xiao (Qiao Xin) runs a popular blog that addresses relationship issues and believes herself to be an expert when it comes to love. However, she was shamed on a popular variety show which she attended as a guest alongside Lin Shen (Gong Jun), a professional psychological counsellor. Despite being annoyed, Xiao Xiao recognises the need for her to improve her skills to become a true professional. As such, she applies for a position to be a psychologist assistant, without knowing who her boss is. (Highlight for spoiler: You guessed it, Xiao Xiao will be working under Lin Shen!)

Cast: Qiao Xin, Gong Jun
Genre: Thriller, romance, drama
Episodes: 16
Available on: Mango TV

7. Maybe It’s Love

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About Is Love finally has a sequel after four years – and the same cast is back with even better chemistry than before! While About Is Love tells the story of how Wei Qing, a company president with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), meets Zhou Shi, a young art student who’s able to cure his OCD, Maybe It’s Love talks about their lives after a breakup. If you’re thinking of jumping into Maybe It’s Love without watching About Is Love, you may find the sequel confusing and hard to follow. As such, we strongly encourage you to watch the series from the first season!

Synopsis: Long distance relationships are hard to maintain, and Wei Qing (Yan Xi) eventually breaks up with Zhou Shi (Xu Xiao Nuo). However, the pair meets again two years later. This time, Wei Qing is determined to do everything to win her back – even if Zhou Shi feels like a completely different person. 

Cast: Yan Xi, Xu XIao Nuo
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 24
Available on: WeTV

8. Dine With Love

Can’t get enough of food-themed dramas but not a fan of historical ones like Royal Feast? Fret not, the latest Chinese drama, Dine With Love, has got you covered! This modern romantic Chinese drama of 2022 serves up many delicious dishes that are a feast to the eyes. All of this is done while our two main leads cook up some romance in the kitchen! This heartwarming best 2022 Chinese drama is sure to captivate your heart – and belly too! 

Synopsis: Yu Hao (Gao Han Yu) is a calculative man who optimises every aspect of his life. In fact, he doesn’t even own a kitchen in his house because he sees cooking as a waste of time and money. However, he expands his business into the food industry and decides to sponsor a food reality show by featuring in the show himself. To maximise efficiency, Yu Hao uses a stand-in for the cooking segment of the show. This offends the crew and Yu Hao hires Su Ke Lan (Jade Cheng) as his public relations manager to deal with the crisis. Su Ke Lan encourages Yu Hao to pick up cooking and ignites a flame in his heart!

Cast: Gao Han Yu, Jade Cheng
Genre: Romance, food
Episodes: 16
Available on: Mango TV

9. Star-Crossed Lovers

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W: Two Worlds Apart was one of the best K-drama back in 2016 with its never seen before plot about a romance that transversed between the real world and a comic world. If you enjoyed W, chances are you will love Star-Crossed Lovers! Even though this latest 2022 Chinese drama isn’t as suspenseful as W, it contains all the drama elements that we love. Think sweet romance, good laughter and a mix of sci-fi fantasy with both a comic world and an alien identity thrown into the story. 

Synopsis: Tian Jue (He Lan Dou) is a girl obsessed with comics. After a fateful encounter with a stranger (and an accidental kiss), her life becomes entangled with him as they share a telepathic connection. Tian Jue finds this stranger oddly familiar – he is An Bai Ye (Niu Zi Fan), the character from her comic book! What’s more bizarre is that Bai Ye’s true identity is an alien who has come to earth in search of a sacred stone that can save his planet. He finds the stone on Tian Jue, but realises that she will die if he takes the stone away from her. Bai Ye decides to make Tian Jue’s comic dreams come true before she dies – but love gets in the way of his plan. 

Cast: He Lan Dou, Niu Zi Fan
Genre: Romance, sci-fi, fantasy
Episodes: 24
Available on: Youku

10. Assistant Of Superstar

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Ever dreamed about being an assistant to your favourite idol? You can live your dreams through Assistant Of Superstar, where our female lead meets a wildly popular superstar and becomes his pillar of support! This best 2022 Chinese drama also gives a sneak peek into the lives of celebrities and how their perspective differs from that of fans.

Synopsis: You Xi (Kele Sun) is at the peak of his career. He’s the hottest superstar who has captivated the hearts of women of all ages with his incredibly good looks and stellar reputation. However, under that shining exterior lies a big secret – he is uneducated and illiterate. You Xi tries to hide his shortcomings, but his illiteracy ruins an interview for an important project. As such, his company decides to find him a tutor. Yao Yao (Hanna) is stoked to be hired as a tutor for a superstar, but she suffers from a severe phobia of crowds. This makes working with You Xi a challenge. 

Cast: Kele Sun, Hanna
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 24
Available on: Youku, Viki

Best Chinese high school dramas in 2022

11. Hello, The Sharpshooter

Sports dramas have been all the rage in C-dramaland, especially with the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. While we’ve seen hockey, speed skating, ice skating and even curling taking the main stage in many Chinese dramas, this is the first time a show focuses on pistol shooting! Even though pistol shooting is a static sport, Hello, The Sharpshooter still manages to get our adrenaline pumping for the games while keeping its audience educated on the different aspects of the sport. This is also a must-watch best 2022 Chinese drama if you’re a big fan of Hu Yi Tian!

Synopsis: Tang Xin (Xing Fei) had a huge crush on the tall and dashing Shen Qing Yuan (Hu Yi Tian) when they met in high school. The two got close, but Tang Xin never had a chance to confess her feelings for him. When their paths diverge, Qing Yuan promised to remember her. Many years later, Tang Xin is now a trainee reporter assigned to interview the pistol shooting team heading China’s bid for Olympic glory. Here, she meets her first love, Shen Qing Yuan, again! However, to her disappointment, Qing Yuan is dismissive and cold towards her – almost as if he doesn’t remember her at all. Qing Yuan has become the country’s leading 50-meter pistol shooter with a flawless shooting record. Yet, he cannot seem to focus on his aiming whenever Tang Xin is nearby. Will he be able to achieve Olympic glory and turn his distraction into love, once again? 

Cast: Hu Yi Tian, Xing Fei
Genre: Romance, youth, sports
Episodes: 40
Available on: WeTV, Viki

12. Shining For One Thing

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Ever wished you can go back in time to straighten out your mistakes and leave no regrets? Shining For One Thing speaks out to all the adults who are entering their 30s by rekindling their youthful courage and passion. Relive the joy and sorrows of your younger self through Lin Bei Xing as she takes a second shot in life in this best 2022 Chinese drama!

Synopsis: Nothing is going right for Lin Bei Xing (Karlina Zhang). She’s about to enter her 30s, but her relationship, career and life are in a mess. Out of frustration, Bei Xing deletes the messages on her old phone and is transported back in time when she was 18 years old. Having to retake the college entrance exam and survive high school all over again, Lin Bei Xing is determined to live life anew this time. However, every time she tries to do well for her high school examination in hopes of changing her future, she is sent back to the present. After several tries, Bei Xing realises there is more to what meets the eye when she returns to the past. And the answer she is searching for lies with Zhang Wan Sen (Qu Chu Xiao), a boy she meets at the college entrance examination. 

Cast: Karlina Zhang, Qu Chu Xiao
Genre: Romance, youth, fantasy, mystery
Episodes: 24
Available on: iQiyi

13. Memory Of Encaustic Tile

Go Ahead is one of the most memorable C-dramas of 2020, tugging at our heartstrings with its powerful narratives of unbreakable kinship, friendship and love. If you’re craving for another heartwarming story like Go Ahead, you will be pleased to learn about Memory Of Encaustic Tile. This latest 2022 Chinese drama is a coming of age story about the ups and downs in the daily lives of Shao Xue and her friends. Headlined by popular rising star, Lin Yi, this is one of the best Chinese dramas in 2022 guaranteed to spark some waterworks. 

Synopsis: Shao Xue (Chen Yu Qi), Zheng Su Nian (Lin Yi) and Zhang Qi (Yan Zi Dong) are joined at the hip since young. Their families have all contributed to the country’s antique and museum trade, dedicating their lives to conserving priceless artifacts. The trio has never thought about separating, but their lives take a split road when Su Nian’s mother passes away. The intelligent Su Nian gives up on the opportunity to further his studies and takes up his mother’s craft, while Shao Xue decides to broaden her horizon and head abroad. Years later, the three friends reunite – but can they rekindle their friendship and express the love they’ve tried to hide? 

Cast: Chen Yu Qi, Lin Yi, Yan Zi Dong
Genre: Romance, youth, life
Episodes: 34
Available on: Viki, Youku

14. I Want To Be Brothers With You

Bromance (or boy love) has been a popular theme among C-drama fans – look at The Untamed, Word Of Honour and Cross Fire. However, the official banning of bromance dramas in China at the end of 2021 also means fewer of such dramas make it through the censorship process for broadcast. Thankfully, I Don’t Want To Be Brothers With You made it to our screens, albeit with a more toned down bromance theme that leans more towards friendships. Even so, we highly recommend adding this masterpiece to your watchlist for its humorous and heartwarming storytelling and stellar acting. 

Synopsis: Gao Yang (Xin Yun Lai) is a rebellious kid who doesn’t have a good relationship with his father. When Jin Bei Bei (Zhao Zhao Yi), the daughter of the principal, confesses her feelings to him, Gao Yang rejects her and chases after the school’s belle instead. When that fails, he redirects his attention to the new transfer student, Ye Xiao Wen (Chen You Wei), who’s known for ‘her’ good looks. But Ye Xiao Wen is no beauty, he is actually a guy!

This is a great disappointment to Gao Yang, who became even more devastated when Ye Xiao Wen is assigned to be his deskmate and turns out to be a weirdo. When Gao Yang learns that another pretty girl, Mi Jia (Anna Liu), is interested in Xiao Wen, he decides to challenge him in PE class. Unfortunately, Gao Yang loses terribly to Xiao Wen and decides that they will be irreconcilable rivals from here on. After a long day at school, Gao Yang returns home to see a familiar person – Xiao Wen is cooking in his home?!

Cast: Chen You Wei, Xin Yun Lai, Lu Fang Sheng, Zhao Zhao Yi, Anna Liu
Genre: Romance, youth, life, comedy
Episodes: 30
Available on: Mango TV

Best upcoming Chinese dramas in 2022

15. Immortality

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Luo Yun Xi experienced his big break in 2018 with Ashes Of Love and has been impressing us with his awesome acting ever since. This is why we’re stoked to know that he will be coming back on screen with Immortality in 2022! Adapted from the web novel The Husky And His White Cat Master, this is another must-watch Chinese drama if you can’t get enough of same-sex romance. 

Synopsis: Set in a turbulent era where everyone is preparing for a probable invasion by the demon world, Chu Wan Ning (Luo Yun Xi) is fighting the battle on many fronts. Known as the world’s most powerful grandmaster, Wan Ning sees it as his responsibility to protect the beings of the world while mending a broken relationship with his young disciple, Mo Ran (Chen Fei Yu). However, Wan Ning is not aware that in their past life, this animosity with Mo Ran resulted in great bloodshed which forced Mo Ran to turn to dark cultivating techniques. Mo Ran learns about this and sets out to change the course of events for this lifetime.

Cast: Chen Fei Yu, Luo Yun Xi, Sebrina Chen, Zhou Qi
Genre: Historical, mystery, wuxia (martial heroes), fantasy
Episodes: 50
Available on: WeTV
Release Date: TBC

16. Eternal Love

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Not going to lie, we were a little puzzled to see yet another drama titled Eternal Love. But fret not, this 2022 Chinese drama has got nothing to do with the 2018 Eternal Love which still holds a special place in our hearts. Eternal Love (2022) is adapted from the famous novel Cang Lan Jue and talks about the unfaltering love between the demon lord and a lowly immortal. We’re excited to see the playful and cheeky Dylan Wang (you may remember him as Dao Ming Si from Meteor Garden 2018) act as the ruthless anti-hero!

Synopsis: Dong Fang Qing Cang (Dylan Wang) is the fearsome demon lord who wiped out an entire Po Xin tribe before being trapped in the Hao Tian Tower. One of the immortal girls in the tribe is reborn after 10,000 years and goes by the name of Xiao Lan Hua (Yu Shu Xin). By accident, Xiao Lan Hua releases Dong Fang Qing Cang, unaware of the bloodshed in her previous lifetime. Harbouring ill intentions to sacrifice Xiao Lan Hua’s immortal soul to undo a curse placed on him, Dong Fang Qing Cang keeps Xiao Lan Hua close to him. However, the heartless demon soon finds himself falling in love with the sweet and innocent Xiao Lan Hua. 

Cast: Yu Shu Xin, Dylan Wang, Xu Hai Qiao, Cristy Guo, Zhang Ling He, Charles Lin
Genre: Historical, wuxia (martial heroes), romance, fantasy
Episodes: 36
Available on: TBC
Release Date: TBC

17. Who Rules The World

2022 is sure to be a good year for C-drama fans with the release of many long-awaited titles such as Who Rules The World. Starring our golden boy, Yang Yang, and national goddess, Zhao Lu Si, Who Rules The World will mark the first collaboration between the two powerhouses. Having seen Yang Yang’s awesome chemistry with A-listers like Zheng Shuang, Dilraba Dilmurat, and Liu Yi Fei, we are excited to see sparks fly between him and the young Zhao Lu Si. There is no way this show won’t make it onto our must-watch Chinese drama list for 2022! 

Synopsis: Bai Feng Xi is a female swordsman who lives and speaks freely, wild as the wind. Meanwhile, Hei Feng Xi is the complete polar opposite — graceful, honourable, and tolerant. As the martial arts world sinks into a chaotic time, can the two uphold justice without losing themselves and find greater love in each other? 

Cast: Yang Yang, Zhao Lu Si, Xuan Lu, Leon Lai, Lin Rui Lin
Genre: Historical, wuxia (martial heroes), romance
Episodes: 45
Available on: WeTV
Release Date: April 2022

18. Love Like The Galaxy

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The pairing of Leo Wu and Zhao Lu Si isn’t exactly new considering both actors were part of the main cast in The Long Ballad. However, this will be the first time the two stars act as lovers and it’s making the C-drama fandoms go wild! It’s no wonder Love Like The Galaxy is one of the most highly anticipated Chinese dramas of 2022 that’s a must-watch for all drama fanatics. 

Synopsis: Zhao Lu Si plays Cheng Shao Shang, the ill-fated girl who’s left behind by her parents due to war. Living under the shelter of her nasty aunt, Shao Shang has no choice but to put on a pretence to avoid being punished. But this has taken a toll on her emotional and mental health, and Shao Shang grows up to be both pragmatic and insecure. This hinders her when she’s looking for a partner for marriage. The three men in her life — Ling Bu Yi (Leo Wu) who’s the emperor’s adopted son, Yuan Shen (Li Yun Rui) of the esteemed Bailu Mountain, and Lou Yao (Yu Cheng En) the aristocrat — have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s up to Shao Shang to decide who she wants to hand her heart to. 

Cast: Leo Wu, Zhao Lu Si, Li Yun Rui, Yu Cheng En
Genre: Historical, mystery, romance, political
Episodes: 66
Available on: WeTV
Release Date: TBC

19. The Blue Whisper: Part One

Take a swim in the deep blue sea with The Blue Whisper: Part One as we learn more about mermaids and demons! Almost every Dilraba Dilmurat’s show is a big hit, and we believe The Blue Whisper would be no exception. What’s more, she will be acting alongside the nation’s heartthrob, Ren Jia Lun (who has toned up for his merman scenes)! 

Synopsis: This two-part drama series depicts the struggles of Ji Yun He (Dilraba Dilmurat) who is a powerful demon master (someone who eradicate or control demons) residing in the Demon Valley. She longs to explore the world free of her responsibilities but is held back by a dark secret. Her mundane life gets disrupted when the cruel Princess Shunde sends a merman, Changyi, to the valley. She tasks Yun He to make the merman speak human language, grow human legs and serve her with unwavering loyalty. However, as Yun He spends time with Changyi, she becomes torn between a choice of her own freedom or his. 

Cast: Dilraba Dilmurat, Ren Jia Lun, Xiao Shun Yao, Cristy Guo
Genre: Historical, wuxia (martial heroes), romance, fantasy
Episodes: 30
Available on: Youku
Release Date: TBC

20. The Longest Promise

Can two people who adore each other truly set aside their striking differences in the name of love? This is one of the greatest trials that our two main protagonists have to face in The Longest Promise. Aside from realistic computer graphics and beautiful costumes, we are thrilled to see the multi-talented Xiao Zhan in yet another wuxia drama — especially a fresh collaboration with Ren Min!

Synopsis: Despite being a royal prince, Shi Ying (Xiao Zhan) is banished to the Jiu Yi Mountain to cultivate after his mother was framed for a crime she did not commit. Here, Shi Ying’s martial arts grew leaps and bounds as he focused on nothing but cultivation. He eventually took in a disciple, Zhu Yan (Ren Min), who is the princess of the Chi Yi tribe. While the two develop feelings for each other, they do not speak of it because of their master and disciple relationship. To make things worse, how can a banished prince and an esteemed princess ever see eye to eye when it comes to the politics of the Kong Sang continent?

Cast: Xiao Zhan, Ren Min, Wang Chu Ran, Alen Fang, Han Dong, Wang Zi Qi
Genre: Historical, wuxia (martial heroes), romance, fantasy
Episodes: 50
Available on: WeTV
Release Date: TBC

21. Being A Hero

Wang Yi Bo hasn’t been very active on the small screen in 2021, but we’re happy to announce that he’s back with one of the best 2022 modern Chinese dramas, Being A Hero, starring right next to Chen Xiao! While Yi Bo has been casted for many iconic elegant and graceful characters like Lan Zhan (The Untamed) and Xie Yun (Legend Of Fei), his role in Being A Hero is a little more roughed up as a narcotics policeman. This is a change we’re all excited to see!

Synopsis: Wu Zhen Feng (Chen Xiao) works in the police force but was expelled when his father was killed by a drug trafficking organisation named ‘K’. Defeated, Zhen Feng decides to move to the borders while his best friend Chen Yu (Wang Yi Bo) chases after him relentlessly. Along the way, the two were almost kidnapped. While trying to save Chen Yu, Zhen Feng was brought away by the drug traffickers and never seen again. Five years later, Chen Yu is now a narcotics policeman determined to clamp down on drug trafficking while Zhen Feng becomes a famed murder suspect known as ‘Addict Lord’. Chen Yu sets out to clear his best friend’s name, but is Zhen Feng really innocent? 

Cast: Chen Xiao, Wang Yi Bo
Genre: Mystery, crime, drama
Episodes: 24
Available on: MangoTV, Youku
Release Date: TBC

Best 2021 Chinese dramas to rewatch

22. Word Of Honor

Adapted from the famous novel, Faraway Wanderers, this 2021 best Chinese drama is a must-watch for those who are into martial arts action scenes, bromance and same-sex romance. Despite China’s stringent censorship, Word Of Honour is still available on Netflix.

Synopsis: Do you see the world in black and white? This is the question that many ask themselves when they meet Zhou Zi Shu (Zhang Zhe Han) and Wen Ke Xing (Gong Jun) in Word Of Honour. Zi Shu is the ultimate leader of the Window Of Heaven, a renowned assassin organisation working for the royal court. Wanting to end this blood-tainted journey in his life, he performs an obligatory departure ritual that leaves him with three years to live. He puts on a disguise and wanders the martial arts world as a drunk beggar while he waits for his last breath. Meanwhile, Ke Xing, although dressed up as an honourable swordsman, hides a dark secret (Highlight for spoiler: He is the infamous evil master of the Ghost Valley) as he seeks revenge for his parents. The two met by coincidence and embark on an adventure as they uncover the conspiracy behind the Glazed Armour, a key that unlocks a powerful armoury. 

Cast: Zhang Zhe Han, Gong Jun, Zhou Ye, Asher Ma, Sun Xi Lun, Huang You Ming
Genre: Historical, mystery, wuxia (martial heroes), fantasy
Episodes: 36 + 1 alternative final episode
Available on: Netflix

23. One And Only

In the mood for a heart-wrenching romance? One And Only is the best 2021 Chinese drama for you. Yet another masterpiece adapted from a Chinese novel, One And Only is guaranteed to touch your heart with its beautiful plot and picturesque cinematography. If the ending leaves you wanting more, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a modern sequel, Forever And Ever, featuring the same lead actors!

Synopsis: Zhou Sheng Chen (Ren Jia Lun) is a loyal and righteous general who never wanted power or the throne. To gain the emperor’s trust, he made an oath to never marry or have kids. However, Cui Shi Yi (Bai Lu) comes knocking one fateful day and turns his world upside down. Shi Yi is a well-read daughter of an esteemed family but suffers from a childhood trauma that leaves her unable to speak. Due to various political reasons, Sheng Chen is forced to take Shi Yi in as a disciple. As the days go by, the battle-hardened general forms an irreplaceable bond with his disciple — one that just might cost him his life. 

Cast: Ren Jia Lun, Bai Lu, Wang Xing Yue
Genre: Historical, wuxia (martial heroes), romance
Episodes: 24
Available on: iQiyi

24. Novoland: Pearl Eclipse

It seems like 2021 was the year for master and disciple romance in the world of Chinese dramas. Novoland: Pearl Eclipse is the fourth installation to the Novoland series. With a star-studded cast like William Chan and Yang Mi, it’s no wonder this is the best 2021 Chinese drama that many are still talking about!

Synopsis: Novoland: Pearl Eclipse kicks off with the slaughter of the Merfolk, resulting in the death of Ye Hai Shi’s (Yang Mi) father — all because of the pearl tax implemented by emperor Di Xu (Xu Kai Cheng). Just as Hai Shi was about to witness the execution of her entire village, the first minister, Fang Zhu (William Chan), arrives and saves them all. He offers Hai Shi an opportunity to stay by his side, disguised as a male disciple. Hai Shi accepts it in a heartbeat, hoping for a chance to kill emperor Di Xu to avenge her father. Bearing strong admiration which eventually develops into love for her master, Hai Shi trains hard to become someone worthy of Fang Zhu. She earns herself the position of the emperor’s personal guard and starts plotting her revenge. However, a secret between Fang Zhu and emperor Di Xu stops Hai Shi in her tracks. (Highlight for spoiler: Her master is tied to the emperor through a blood ritual that transfers all of the emperor’s pain and suffering to Fang Zhu to suffer.) Will Hai Shi give up on her revenge to keep her master alive? 

Cast: Yang Mi, William Chan, Xu Kai Cheng, Chen Xiao Yun
Genre: Historical, wuxia (martial heroes), romance, fantasy
Episodes: 48
Available on: Viu

25. The Long Ballad

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The Long Ballad is perfect for those looking for a solid plot with realistic war and action scenes. Although not a lighthearted drama, the story unfolds at a fast pace with unpredictable twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Character development is excellent in this best Chinese drama of 2021 as we watch Chang Ge, Ashile Sun and other side characters grow with the hardships they experience. It’s a coming-of-age story that’s well constructed from start to finish.

Synopsis: While we’re used to seeing Dilraba Dilmurat as a cheeky yet innocent young fox in the Eternal Love series, this talented actress has outdone herself again in The Long Ballad. This time she takes on the role of an ill-fated yet tough Li Chang Ge. Chang Ge was once a princess until a coup d’etat, led by her uncle, wiped out her entire family. With her mind firmly set on revenge, she ventures out into the dangerous world of politics and war. Before she manages to overthrow the emperor, Chang Ge is defeated by Ashile Sun, the general of Eastern Turkic Khaganate. Taken away as a prisoner of war, Change Ge impresses Sun with her witty war strategies and becomes the military strategist of the tribe. Under Ashile Sun’s protection, the duo forms a formidable partnership and Chang Ge finds herself falling in love with her captor. 

Cast: Dilraba Dilmurat, Leo Wu, Liu Yu Ning, Zhao Lu Si, Alen Fang
Genre: Historical, romance, war, action
Episodes: 49
Available on: Viu

26. Douluo Continent

Our favourite lead actor (Xiao Zhan) from The Untamed is back again with the highly anticipated Douluo Continent. Even without context, Douluo Continent is engaging enough that you’ll be binge-watching the episodes for days. Based on a novel and inspired by the animation series of the same title, Douluo Continent takes on an RPG game-like approach in its cinematography and storytelling. The drama is lighthearted and packed with loads of fun and adventures as the friendship between Tang San and his friends develops. This is definitely one of the best Chinese dramas of 2021 that you won’t mind rewatching again and again!

Synopsis: Having lived a secluded life with his father for most of his childhood, Tang San (Xiao Zhan) is thrilled to attend the Awakening Ceremony — a rite of passage that will unveil his tool spirit. To his disappointment, Tang San possesses the spirit of Blue Grass, a tool spirit that ranks the lowest in the Douluo world. (Highlight for spoiler: However, unknown to others, Tang San also possesses another spirit known as the Clear Sky Hammer — the strongest spirit tool.) Nonetheless, he enrols in Nuoding Academy and starts his journey to becoming a great soul master while uncovering the mystery behind his family. 

Cast: Xiao Zhan, Wu Xuan Yi, Gao Tai Yu, Liu Mei Tong, Liu Run Nan, Ding Xiao Ying, Ao Zi Yi, Calvin Chen
Genre: Historical, romance, fantasy, action
Episodes: 40
Available on: WeTV

27. You Are My Glory

The love story of a celebrity and a regular person isn’t anything new in dramaland, but we assure you that You Are My Glory will hit you differently. The drama follows Gu Man’s novel to a tee and the superb casting (read: gorgeous actors) breathes life into the fictional characters. This is one of the best 2021 modern Chinese dramas if you’re all about a lighthearted yet melt-your-heart kind of romance. Fans of Yang Yang’s Love O2O drama will definitely not be disappointed by You Are My Glory!

Synopsis: Qiao Jing Jing (Dilraba Dilmurat) is the hottest celebrity in town and also the ambassador of a mobile game (which she’s terrible at). Exposed to her lousy gameplay, Jing Jing needs to prove to the public that she’s better at the game than they think. Dedicating all her time to improving her gaming skills, Jing Jing decides to reconnect with her high school crush, Yu Tu (Yang Yang), who’s not only a genius aerospace engineer but also an expert gamer. He becomes her virtual gaming coach and sparks start to fly when he soon realises that his student is the girl who had once confessed to him in high school. 

Cast: Yang Yang, Dilraba Dilmurat
Genre: Comedy, romance, life, youth
Episodes: 32
Available on: Viu

28. Crush

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Although Crush may seem like yet another oh-so-sweet drama, the plot thickens as Nian Qin dabbles with his insecurities and Wu Yan struggles to be the pillar in the relationship. Despite being a coming-of-age story, the matured and candid plotline will sit well with viewers of all ages. Psst, if you find Su Nian Qin familiar, it’s because he’s Evan Lin, the fourth runner-up in Idol Producer, a reality boy group survival show. This is his first acting debut and we must say, he plays the role of Nian Qin convincingly enough!

Synopsis: Who said girls can’t make the first move in relationships? Sang Wu Yan (Wan Peng) dreams of becoming a broadcaster and works part-time at a radio station as an assistant. Whenever she gets the chance, Wu Yan makes sure to broadcast the songs from her favourite songwriter who goes by the name ‘Yi Jin’. To clear her university requirements, Wu Yan interns at a school for disabled orphans. There, she meets Su Nian Qin (Evan Lin), an arrogant and elusive part-time music teacher who’s visually impaired. Wu Yan finds herself drawn to Nian Qin — perhaps it’s the caring personality he hides behind his hard exterior or the fact that he has a hidden identity (Highlight for spoiler: Nian Qin is ‘Yi Jin’ himself)?

Cast: Evan Lin, Wan Peng
Genre: Romance, life, youth
Episodes: 24
Available on: iQiyi

29. Falling Into Your Smile

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When The International (TI) was held in China in 2019, dramaland was filled with memorable e-sports dramas like Gank Your Heart, Go Go Squid!, The King’s Avatar. The rage of e-sports dramas continues strong even in 2021 with Falling Into Your Smile, headlined with the hottest stars like Cheng Xiao and Xu Kai (Fuca Fu Heng in Story Of Yanxi Palace). For those craving to see some in-game action and relive the excitement of TI, this is the best 2021 modern Chinese drama for you!

Synopsis: The all-male ZGDX OPL has fought their way to the top in the male-dominated E-sports industry. However, just as another major competition approaches, one of the ZGDX players suffers a serious hand injury. This forces the handsome yet hard-to-please Lu Si Cheng (Xu Kai) to seek a replacement for his team in pub games (public games) and Tong Yao (Cheng Xiao), a budding amateur gamer, catches his eye. Despite having exceptional gaming skills, there’s one problem when it comes to recruiting this player — Tong Yao is a girl!  

Cast: Cheng Xiao, Xu Kai, Rachel Wang, Zhai Xiao Wen
Genre: Romance, comedy, life, youth
Episodes: 31
Available on: Youku, WeTV

30. The Psychologist

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With big names like Yang Zi and Jing Bo Ran (it’s their second collaboration after 11 years), it’s easy to see why The Psychologist was one of the best modern Chinese dramas of 2021. The Psychologist is adapted from a novel of the same name and talks about various mental health issues and social taboos in a gentle way that promises to feel like a warm hug.

Synopsis: He Dun (Yang Zi) is a female psychologist who’s haunted by her own tragic childhood memories. Think: the death of her father, poverty, domestic sexual assault and a mother who resorts to prostitution for income — you get the gist. Her career takes a downturn when she screws up a suicide intervention public welfare event. When she thinks all hope is lost, she meets Qian Kaiyi (Jing Bo Ran) who suggests they co-host a psychology radio program together. Through the program, He Dun revives her career, heals her heart and finds the one who is right for her. 

Cast: Yang Zi, Jing Bo Ran, Jevon Wang, Jian Ren Zi
Genre: Psychological, romance, drama
Episodes: 48
Available on: Youku

31. To Fly With You

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Can’t get over the Beijing Winter Olympics fever that just ended in February 2022? Feel the adrenaline pumping again with To Fly With You, one of the best 2021 modern Chinese dramas depicting the passion for winter sports! If you enjoyed watching Skate Into Love, it’s likely that this will be right up your alley.

Synopsis: Shen Zheng Yi (Song Zu Er) has an undying passion for short-track speed skating. However, due to her mother’s disapproval, Zheng Yi has never undergone professional training. Through arduous self-trainings and strong determination, Zheng Yi lands a spot in the elite Zhu Feng Sports Club. But the road to becoming a professional speed skater is bumpy without her parents’ and teammates’ support. Thankfully, she befriends Shao Bei Sheng (Wang An Yu), a prodigy ice skater, who encourages her to fight for her dreams with all her might. 

Cast: Song Zu Er, Wang An Yu, Pu Miao, Xu Yang, Xia Meng, Li Hao Fei
Genre: Romance, youth, sports
Episodes: 36
Available on: Viu, WeTV

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