48 Best Chinese Dramas To Catch In 2024

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Can’t get enough of your favourite CPs and dingliu? Move over, K-dramas – Chinese dramas are taking over 2024! 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, check out the best Chinese dramas that have gained a huge following across the globe in 2024! Psst, we’ve also included some of the most anticipated Chinese dramas that are set to release in 2024 — keep your eyes peeled for those!

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Overview of upcoming Chinese dramas in 2024

Drama Name Native Title Cast Genre EPs Available On
Everlasting Longing 相思令
  • Angelababy
  • Song Wei Long
  • Ren Hao
  • Bai Bing Ke
  • Yao Chi
  • Wang Yi Ting
Historical, Romance, Drama 30 Tencent Video
Men in Love 请和这样的我恋爱吧
  • Hu Yi Tian
  • Liang Jie
  • Dai Xu
  • Sun Jia Ling
  • Wu Qian Ying
  • Li Dian Zun
Romance, Life, Drama iQiyi, JSTV
Fox Spirit Matchmaker: Zhu Ye 狐妖小红娘竹业篇
  • Liu Shi Shi
  • Leon Zhang
Romance, Wuxia, Drama, Fantasy 36 iQiyi, Tencent Video
Golden House Hidden Love 金屋藏夫
  • Lai Mei Yun
  • Wang Zi Hao
  • Gu Lan Di
  • Peng Bi Yao
  • Jin Xiao
  • Elena Tong
Mystery, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy 24 iQiyi
As Beautiful As You 你比星光美丽
  • Tang Song Yun
  • Xu Kai
  • He Rui Xian
  • Gao Han
  • Kira Shi
  • Wu Shi Le
Business, Romance 40 Tencent Video
Moonlight Mystique 白月梵星
  • Bai Lu
  • Ao Rui Peng
Romance, Wuxia, Fantasy, Melodrama 36 iQiyi
Nirvana in Fire 3 琅琊榜3
  • Leo Wu
  • Zhang Xin Cheng
  • Zhang Wan Yi
Historical iQiyi
Under the Moonlight 风月锦囊
  • Hu Bingqing
  • Zhai Zilu
  • He Peng
  • Ding Xiaoying
Historical, Suspense, Thriller, Romance, Drama 24 CCTV
Fangs of Fortune 大梦归离
  • Neo Hou
  • Chen Du Ling
  • Cheng Xiao
  • Tian Jia Rui
  • Xu Zhen Xuan
  • Lester Lin
Wuxia, Fantasy 26 iQiyi


9 best Chinese dramas set to release in 2024

Whether you’re new to C-dramas or are an avid fan looking for new titles to watch, here are the most anticipated 2024 Chinese dramas that will have you hooked. Grab a snack, get cosy and check out these new Chinese dramas that are sure to evoke emotions! 

1. Everlasting Longing 相思令

Angelababy and Song Wei Long get together for this much-awaited historical Chinese drama. With a good mix of popular and up-and-coming cast members, Everlasting Longing is one of the best Chinese dramas that fans are waiting for in 2024. It’s filled with heart-wrenching scenes, romantic moments, and gutting betrayals, making it a must-watch Chinese drama for any avid fan!

Synopsis: Living with a dual identity as Jun Fei Fan, the supposed illegitimate son of a merchant family, Qi Luo faces hardships in Beixuan, accused of being a spy and mistreated. Escaping briefly, she learns of a betrayal by her brother-in-law, the prince, and his mistress, conspiring to steal the family fortune. With her ageing father, stepmother, and younger sisters, Jun Qi Luo fights to reclaim and rebuild the family business.

Cast: Angelababy, Song Wei Long, Ren Hao, Bai Bing Ke, Yao Chi, Wang Yi Ting
Genre: Historical, Romance, Drama
Episodes: 30
Available on: Tencent Video
Release Date: 2024

2. Men in Love 请和这样的我恋爱吧

A Love So Beautiful star Hu Yi Tian stars as one of the male leads, Ye Han, in Men in Love. The drama navigates through a series of romantic relationships that immerse watchers into the intricacies of falling in love. Men in Love is a much-awaited new Chinese drama that’s sure to bring to life the most heartwarming moments that will leave you blushing! Moreover, it features a star-studded cast that’s guaranteed to make you swoon.

Synopsis: Ye Han, a disciplined editor-in-chief, helps PE teacher Li Xiaoxiao navigate love hesitations. Publisher Xu Jiacheng and model Tong Yiwen find balance in love and career. Xiaoxiao’s secret love complicates the dynamics, leading to emotional healing, and Jiacheng and Yiwen’s successful outcome. Meanwhile, lawyer Xu Yan faces relationship fears, and Lu Zheng and Guo Shenglin overcome undisclosed marriage troubles, attaining happiness after life’s tests.

Cast: Hu Yi Tian, Liang Jie, Dai Xu, Sun Jia Ling, Wu Qian Ying, Li Dian Zun
Genre: Romance, Life, Drama
Available on: iQiyi, JSTV
Release Date: 2024

3. Fox Spirit Matchmaker: Zhu Ye 狐妖小红娘竹业篇

With a title like Fox Spirit Matchmaker: Zhu Ye, you can tell that this fantasy drama is just chock full of romantic scenes and soft moments. This series is the third instalment of the Fox Spirit Matchmaker drama series, which is dubbed as one of the best Chinese drama series of all time. The series highlights the complexities of maintaining romance amidst difficult times, where love conquers all obstacles. Sit back, relax and enjoy the trilogy of love stories!

Synopsis: This new Chinese drama follows the love story between Dongfang Huai Zhu and Wangquan Hong Ye, leaders of the influential Dongfang and Wangquan clans. Together, they work to reestablish the Yiqi Alliance, finding love, friendship and allies. However, they must first face a series of challenges before they can be together and find love.

Cast: Liu Shi Shi, Leon Zhang
Genre: Romance, Wuxia, Drama, Fantasy
Episodes: 36
Available on:  iQiyi, Tencent Video
Release Date: 2024

4. Golden House Hidden Love 金屋藏夫

Sucker for a forced proximity trope? Then Golden House Hidden Love is the best Chinese drama for you, full of romance and comedy! Starring former Rocket Girls 101 member Lai Mei Yun and Secretary Bai Wants to Resign Everyday star Wang Zi Hao, this new Chinese drama follows a love story that transcends dimensions – almost.

Synopsis: 27-year old wedding designer assistant Jin Xia thought she could finally live a peaceful life in a cosy seaside house. Little did she know, the house harbours a young man with ghostly behaviours and abilities. This enigmatic boy, lacking memory and bound to the ancient house, shares an inexplicable connection with Jin Xia. To decipher their bond, they venture into a cohabitation life filled with blushes and heart-pounding moments!

Cast: Lai Mei Yun, Wang Zi Hao, Gu Lan Di, Peng Bi Yao, Jin Xiao, Elena Tong
Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 24
Available on: iQiyi
Release Date: 19 Jan 2024

5. As Beautiful As You 你比星光美丽

As Beautiful As You is a modern business-romance drama that will make you swoon with a smart male lead and an entrepreneurial female lead. Fall in love with the story as it takes you through the business world, navigating through romantic relationships in a business. It’s definitely one of the best upcoming Chinese dramas in 2024!

Synopsis: Tech professional Ji Xing left her corporate job to start a business with her brother. However, she never realised just how hard starting a business would be! Later, they find Dongyang Technology President Han Ting, who becomes a major supporter of their startup, Xingchen. As a result, this leads to the startup’s success. However, success came with a personal cost as Ji Xing lost her long-time boyfriend. Despite setbacks, Ji Xing and Han Ting’s relationship evolved from business partners to soulmates. Xingchen faced a developmental bottleneck, testing Ji Xing’s career and love life.

Cast: Tang Song Yun, Xu Kai, He Rui Xian, Gao Han, Kira Shi, Wu Shi Le
Genre: Business, Romance
Episodes: 40
Available on: Tencent Video
Release Date: 2024

6. Moonlight Mystique 白月梵星

Moonlight Mystique fans would be thrilled to know that the novel is being adapted into a C-drama to be aired in 2024! An original story by Xing Ling (星零), the Wuxia Fantasy novel follows the love story between the General’s youngest daughter, Bai Shuo, and the demon god Fan Yue. The drama follows a fantastical love story between two worlds – a sure contender for a must-watch Chinese drama in 2024!

Synopsis:  Bai Shuo, the youngest daughter of the General’s Mansion, commits to cultivating immortality to repay a favour. Along her journey, she unexpectedly encounters the powerful demon god, Fan Yue. Their love blossoms despite facing numerous hurdles, as they conquer challenges that allow them to fully fall for each other.

Cast: Bai Lu, Ao Rui Peng
Genre: Romance, Wuxia, Fantasy, Melodrama
Episodes: 36
Available on: iQiyi
Release Date: 2024

7. Nirvana in Fire 3 琅琊榜3

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A continuation of the popular Nirvana in Fire series, Nirvana in Fire Season 3 is set to show in 2024 and fans are already planning out their binge-watching snacks for the release! Starring dingliu Leo Wu, Zhang Xin Cheng, and Zhang Wan Yi, this season’s story takes us to the state of Yan, where the main leads must band together for the betterment of their people. Nirvana in Fire fans are sure to love this instalment as the directors and producers of the past two seasons return for season 3!

Synopsis: Nirvana in Fire Season 3 takes place in the state of Yan, and follows the journey of martial artist Tang Sheng from Langya Pavilion and Hanhai King Tuoba Yi, as they transition from confrontation to collaborating for the greater good. Together, they must navigate perils to free Yan from the misfortune its people face.

Cast: Leo Wu, Zhang Xin Cheng, Zhang Wan Yi
Genre: Historical
Available on: iQiyi
Release Date: 2024

8. Under the Moonlight 风月锦囊

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If you’re looking for a bit of thrill and mystery in your C-dramas, then Under the Moonlight will be the best Chinese drama for you to look forward to! Solve mysteries, embark on adventures and find a thrilling romance in this upcoming Chinese drama in 2024.

Synopsis: The plot follows Luo Shu, a female constable grappling with a challenging destiny, and Qi Menglin, an adventurous playboy with a penchant for exploring the Jianghu. As they unravel peculiar cases, their journey not only deepens their bond but also explores the complexities of love amidst solving mysteries.

Cast:  Hu Bingqing, Zhai Zilu, He Peng, Ding Xiaoying
Genre: Historical, Suspense, Thriller, Romance, Drama
Episodes: 24
Available on: CCTV
Release Date: 2024

9. Fangs of Fortune 大梦归离

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If you’re a fan of Chinese mythology and demon male leads, then Fangs of Fortune is the best Chinese drama you should look out for in 2024. Telling the story of a powerful demon wishing for death, the story talks of fate, rebirth, friendships and love. The drama is based on the Classic of Mountains and Seas (山海经) and definitely has a unique storyboard that differs from the usual C-drama tropes.

Synopsis: The story unfolds around a powerful demon yearning for death, yet resisting a passive acceptance of fate, ultimately undergoing a transformative rebirth. Drawn together by destiny, a group of young individuals sets out on a journey across vast lands and realms in search of profound and passionate love.

Cast: Neo Hou, Chen Du Ling, Cheng Xiao, Tian Jia Rui, Xu Zhen Xuan, Lester Lin
Genre: Wuxia, Fantasy
Episodes: 26
Available on: iQiyi
Release Date: 2024

Best Chinese dramas of all time: Fantasy

1. Till The End of the Moon 长月烬明

Fans of the 2020 Chinese drama, Love Is Sweet and its CP are going to enjoy this new xianxia drama, Till The End of the Moon. Actors Luo Yunxi and Bai Lu reunite in this Chinese fantasy drama, which brings us a new take on the “three lives three worlds” format that we’re now familiar with. From heart-clenching plotlines to ethereal CGI and period costumes, Till The End of the Moon is one of the best new Chinese dramas to watch!

Synopsis: In a last ditch effort to save men from the rule of demons, cultivators decide to send Li Susu (Bai Lu) back in time to prevent the resurrection of the Demon Lord, Tantai Jin (Luo Yunxi). Li Susu travels back 500 years in time, where she becomes Ye Xiwu and is married to then-mortal Tatai Jin. However, in Su Su’s attempt to kill Tatai Jin, she becomes witness to his past life and begins to develop feelings for him, complicating her mission.

Cast: Luo Yunxi, Bai Lu, Chen Duling, Deng Wei, Sun Zhenni, Eddy Geng
Genre: Romance, Wuxia, Fantasy
Episodes: 40
Available on: Youku, Netflix, Viki
Release Date: April 6, 2023

2. Love Between Fairy And Devil 苍兰诀


As cliche as the title sounds, Love Between Fairy And Devil is one of the best Chinese dramas of 2023 if you’re looking for an easy watch. It 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! Psst, you will get your fair share of overbearing powerful male lead (霸道总裁) and cheesy damsel in distress moments – if that’s your cup of tea!

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: Netflix

3. Back from the Brink 护心

Back from the Brink is a 2023 adaptation of the Chinese novel of the same name, Hu Xin (护心) by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang. Up-and-coming actors Hou Minghao and Zhou Ye star in this new fantasy Chinese drama, which follows the story of an ancient dragon who was once betrayed by his lover. Back from the Brink is one of the best Chinese dramas in Singapore that combines angst, mystery, and romance – all in one package!

Synopsis: Tian Yao (Hou Minghao) is an ancient dragon who was betrayed by a woman he loved. She had dismembered him and stripped him of his dragon scales, before sealing them in various places. After being reborn, he sets out to retrieve them but meets Yan Hui (Zhou Ye) in the process. Knowing that she possessed his heart protection scale, which was the key to breaking the seal, he holds her captive and brings her on his quest. 

Cast: Hou Minghao, Zhou Ye, Yang Rong, Riley Wang, Chen Xinyu, Zuo Ye
Genre: Romance, Wuxia, Fantasy, Mystery
Episodes: 40
Available on: Youku, Viki
Release Date: May 9, 2023

4. My Journey to You 云之羽

My Journey to You is yet another new fantasy Chinese drama that was released in 2023. Not only does it have a dashing and star-studded cast, but its dark and mysterious teasers have also piqued the attention of netizens. The romantic-thriller series is said to be one of the best Chinese dramas, as viewers will get to see Yu Shuxin and Zhang Linghe in roles contrasting to their typical bright and youthful image. 

Synopsis: Gong Ziyu (Zhang Linghe) is a rebellious and aloof prince who encounters Yun Weishan (Yu Shuxin), an undercover agent in disguise. Weishan was sent to the rich and powerful Gong family, where she hopes to secure her freedom, but ultimately ends up having to choose between that and love. 

Cast: Yu Shuxin, Zhang Linghe, Cheng Lei, Lu Yuxiao, Jolin Jin, Sun Chenjun
Genre: Romance, Wuxia, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy
Episodes: 24
Available on: iQiyi
Release Date: TBC

5. Story of Kunning Palace 宁安如梦

Zhang Linghe and Bailu really seem to be on a roll this year, with major drama projects lined up one after the other! This time, both actors will be participating in a drama filled with political strife, action, and angst-filled romance. If you’re looking for a new Chinese drama that’s going to keep you on the edge of your seats, this royal-palace-meets-fantasy drama is one you should check out.

Synopsis: Jiang Xuening (Bai Lu) was a fallen queen who was driven by greed and ambition during her rule, but was later sentenced to be buried with the late emperor. By a stroke of luck, Xuening was reborn and given another chance to right her wrongs, and she was determined not to enter the palace this time around. However, she ends up becoming entangled with the rebel and main antagonist, Xie Wei (Zhang Linghe). 

Cast: Bai Lu, Zhang Linghe, Wang Xingyue, Zhou Junwei, Liu Xiening, Wang Ziteng
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: TBC
Available on: iQiyi
Release Date: TBC

6. Warm on a Cold Night 九霄寒夜暖

For those who are looking for an easy, but quality watch to pass the time, Warm on a Cold Night is probably what you’re looking for. The fantasy Chinese drama has since finished airing but continues to make its rounds on social media, even months after its release! In fact, its main CP consists of popular idol actor, Bi Wenjun and drama darling Li Yitong – it’s no wonder viewers keep going back for more.

Synopsis: Su Jiuer (Li Yitong) is a rabbit-like female constable from the Qian Kingdom, who has to go undercover due to certain circumstances. In the process, she meets the aloof and abrasive prince of the Qi Kingdom, who has wolf-like reflexes and abilities. Together, the unlikely pair work together to investigate a murder case that involves both kingdoms, developing feelings for each other on the way.

Cast: Li Yitong, Bi Wenjun, Chen Heyi, He Ruixian, Yang Shize, Wang Maolei
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Episodes: 36
Available on: iQiyi, Viki
Release Date: February 25, 2023

7. The Starry Love 星落凝成糖

The Starry Love is said to be one of the best Chinese dramas in Singapore, bringing a new take on xianxia dramas to the table. The drama revolves around the story of twin sisters who were mistakenly involved in a case of switcheroo – but at their wedding! Coupled with the classic “three lives” element, the palpable chemistry between the main CPs will leave viewers extremely satisfied.

Synopsis: The drama follows the story of twin sisters, Li Guang Qing Kui (He Xuanli) and Li Guang Ye Tan (Li Landi); one is gentle and loved by her subjects, while the other is rebellious and shunned by all. However, in a twist of fate, both sisters were involved in a mixup at their betrothal and had to keep it a secret. Now, Qing Kui is wedded to the demon prince, while Ye Tan is betrothed to the heavenly prince. 

Cast: Chen Xingxu, Li Landi, Chen Muchi, He Xuanlin
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Action, Comedy
Episodes: 40
Available on: Youku, Viki
Release Date: February 16, 2023

8. The Legend of Shen Li 与凤行

After actors Lin Gengxin and Zhao Liying made waves with their costume drama, Princess Agents in 2017, they are back with another highly-anticipated series. This time, they star as an immortal phoenix and war god in the new Chinese drama, The Legend of Shen Li. If you were one of those viewers who yearned for a sequel to Princess Agents, here’s the next best Chinese drama to quench that thirst for the time being.

Synopsis: Xing Zhi (Lin Gengxin) is the only remaining god, and is known for his ruthless and aloof nature, as well as his victories against the demon tribe. Meanwhile, Shen Li (Zhao Liying), a queen from the devil tribe, attempts to escape a political marriage but is transformed into a phoenix and sold off. However, Xing Zhi and Shen Li’s fates intertwine by chance.

Cast: Lin Gengxin, Zhao Liying, Xin Yunlai, Li Qianfeng, He Yu, Jackie Li
Genre: Romance, Wuxia, Fantasy
Episodes: 40
Available on: Tencent
Release Date: TBC

8. 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

9. Lost You Forever 长相思

The hype and praise surrounding Immortal Samsara has barely dipped and Yang Zi is already geared up for another show. Not only is Yang Zi one of the hottest actresses in the C-drama scene, many of her xianxia and modern romance series have also been dubbed some of the best Chinese dramas in Singapore. If you’re a fan of her work, keep Lost You Forever in view as it is set to come out soon!

Synopsis: In an unfortunate incident, Princess Jiu Yao (Yang Zi) of Gao Xin loses her identity and appearance, and decides to disguise herself as physician Wen Xiao Liu. After settling in Qing Shui Town, she meets the future leader of the Tu Shan Clan Tu Shanjing, the nine-headed demon Xiang Liu, and her cousin and Prince Qiang Xuan. Together, they brave various struggles and tragedies that they are met with.

Cast: Yang Zi, Zhang Wanyi, Deng Wei, Tan Jianci, Dai Luwa, Wang Hongyi
Genre: Romance, Wuxia, Fantasy
Episodes: 40
Available on: Tencent
Release Date: TBC

10. The Demon Hunter’s Romance 无忧渡

Isn’t it a bit ironic for a demon to work as a full-time demon hunter? That’s actor Ren Jialun’s next big role – he plays a demon hunter who meets a girl with the peculiar ability to recognise non-human beings. If you haven’t gotten over the heartbreak that The Blue Whisper left you with in 2022, catch this new Chinese drama that was released in 2023!

Synopsis: In the city of Guangping, where humans and demons coexist, Ban Xia (Song Zuer) is a young lady with the unique ability to see hidden shadows but is labelled “crazy” by others. Eventually, she crosses paths with Xuan Ye (Ren Jialun), a demon hunter and together they unravel mysteries and test the boundaries of their demon-human relationship.

Cast: Ren Jialun, Song Zuer, Hankiz Omar, Xuan Yan, Liu Ruogu, Liu Qiqi
Genre: Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 36
Available on: iQiyi
Release Date: TBC

11. Douluo Continent 斗罗大陆

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

Best Chinese dramas of all time: Historical

12. Youth in the Flames of War 战火中的青春

For fans of period dramas that take on a military or wartime-struggle theme, don’t miss out on this new Chinese historical drama. The passion and sheer determination of these young university students of the story will surely pull at your heartstrings. Coupled with seasoned, but youthful cast members like Wang Hedi, Zhou Ye, and Ye Zu Xin, the viewers of Youth in the Flames of War will be in for a treat.

Synopsis: Set during the events of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Youth in the Flames of War tells a story about a group of brave youths who are determined to save and transform their war-torn country for the better. 

Cast: Wang Hedi, Zhou Ye, Ye Zuxin, Hu Lianxin, He Peng, Wang Renjun
Genre: Military, Youth, Romance, Historical
Episodes: 39
Available on: iQiyi, JSTV, Youku 

Release Date: April 23, 2023

13. Destined 长风渡

Remember Bai Jingting from Reset (2020)? He’s returning to the costume drama scene with the new historical-romance series, Destined. Along with actress Song Yi, the couple is able to paint the perfect picture of a nonchalant playboy husband and a no-nonsense, mature wife. And not only are the actors and actresses going to charm you with their good looks, but they’re also going to make you tear up from the laughing their antics will induce!

Synopsis: Liu Yuru (Song Yi) is determined to escape her dysfunctional family, and strives to become an ideal wife and daughter-in-law to do so. However, her marriage to the rich young master, Gu Jiusi (Bai Jingting) reveals his disdain for her, pushing her to take control of her own destiny. Through business ventures and inner strength, Yu Ru transforms from a vulnerable lady to a self-reliant woman, taming her husband’s wild ways and fostering positive change in him, ultimately gaining his love and respect. 

Cast: Bai Jingting, Song Yi, Liu Xueyi, Zhang Haowei, Daiyi, Zhang Weina
Genre: Historical, Business, Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 40
Available on: iQiyi
Release Date: TBC

14. Word Of Honor 山河令

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. So be sure to catch this hit drama as soon as possible before you lose the chance!

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 first puts on a disguise and wanders the martial arts world as a drunk beggar. 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. 

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

15. The Prisoner of Beauty 折腰

It seems that the popular singer, Liu Yuning has talents in other departments as well – and by that we mean acting, of course. While the singer only just expanded into acting four years ago, he’s made some waves with his roles in The Long Ballad (2021), and Heroes (2022). Now, he doesn’t just make hit OST ballads, but he’s also taking on leading roles in new Chinese dramas like The Prisoner of Beauty. If you’re looking for slow-burn romance, paired with political tension and domestic struggles, this is the show to look out for!

Synopsis: The quick-witted Qiao Man (Song Zuer) and kind young master Wei Shao (Liu Yuning) are united through a marriage alliance, but are pulled into affairs regarding family and political instability. Amidst constant tests and ancestral grievances, their journey is a maelstrom of laughter, tears, frustrations, and growing affection. Together, they navigate crises and reconcile their differences, ultimately playing a key role in securing the safety of their nation.

Cast: Song Zuer, Liu Yuning, Xuan Lu, Liu Duanduan, Liu Xiaoqing, He Hongshan
Genre: Historical, Military, Political, Romance
Episodes: 36
Available on: Tencent
Release Date: TBC

16. Blooming Days 岁岁青莲

Here’s yet another new Chinese drama that’s centred on the power struggle that takes place in the royal palace – Peter Ho and He Hongshan come together in Blooming Days to bring us an unlikely couple, who learn to care for each other despite their differences. Based on the popular web novel, “Xi Fei Zhuan”, many viewers are ready to end their C-drama drought with this new release! 

Synopsis: Luo Qinglian (He Hongshan) has no choice but to enter the palace for the selection of royal maidservants. However, due to a mishap, she unexpectedly marries into the royal family. Due to her marriage to the young lord, He Lianxin (Peter Ho) she then became entangled in the political affairs and power struggles that take place within the Palace.

Cast: He Hongshan, Peter Ho, Huang Shengyi, Huang Youming, Niki Chow, Morni Chang
Genre: Historical, Political, Romance
Episodes: 36
Available on: Tencent, Viki
Release Date: TBC

17. Joy of Life 2 庆余年2

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Dubbed one of the best Chinese dramas of 2022, Joy of Life has returned with a new season in 2023! If it’s anything like its predecessor, viewers can look forward to a perfect cocktail of science fiction, political intrigue, espionage, and comedy, and that’s probably enough to keep anyone on their toes. Coupled with the stellar acting of Fan Xian and veteran actors like Wu Gang, Joy of Life 2 is going to be a worthwhile watch.

Synopsis: Joy of Life 2 continues to follow the story of Fan Xian, a dying man from modern-day China, who finds himself reborn in another time. However, he doesn’t want to have anything to do with politics but finds himself inevitably put in. Flash forward to the new season, Fan Xian has managed to gain a stronghold in court.

Cast: Zhang Ruoyun, Wu Gang, Li Qin, Chen Daoming, Tianyu, Songyi
Genre: Wuxia, Political, Comedy, Mystery
Episodes: TBC
Available on: iQiyi, Tencent
Release Date: TBC

18. The Long Ballad 长歌行

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 (Leo Wu), 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

Best Chinese dramas of all time: Modern Romance

19. One And Only 周生如故

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

20. The Love You Give Me 你给我的喜欢

Adapted from the novel of the same name, this new Chinese drama is just one of the many CEO-romance dramas to come out in the last two years. In recent years, we’ve seen many such shows come out of the same popular mould. But The Love You Give Me has managed to impress viewers with the depth of its characters and how heartwarming its scenes are. Coupled with its unwavering popularity online, it’s definitely one of the best and most successful Chinese romance dramas to come out this year!

Synopsis: The Love You Give Me follows the story of Min Hui (Wang Yuwen) and Xin Qi (Wang Ziqi), who fell in love with each other but broke up due to misunderstandings. Years later, Min Hui has now risen to become an R&D assistant in a tech firm, while Xin Qi managed to become the CEO of his own investment firm. After an unexpected reunion and the revelation that both share a son, Xin Qi and Min Hui have no choice but to learn to coexist again. Perhaps this time, they could rekindle their love for each other?

Cast: Wang Yuwen, Wang Ziqi, Cui Yixin, Li Chuan, Ma Xinrui, Chen Xinhai
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 28
Available on: Tencent, Viki
Release Date: April 24, 2023

21. Nothing But You 愛情而已

You might have been familiar with Wu Lei due to his xianxia or wuxia roles in some of the best and most highly acclaimed Chinese dramas in Singapore, including Love Like the Galaxy and The Long Ballad. But did you know that he tried out the jie di lian genre in his new Chinese drama? While Nothing But You isn’t a novelty due to the same older-female-lead-younger-male-lead formula, the chemistry between Wu Lei and Zhou Yutong is palpable – even from the trailer itself. For those looking for a healing or heartwarming modern romance story, it’s time to binge on this show!

Synopsis: Liang Youan (Zhou Yutong), a disillusioned executive assistant, and Song Sanchuan (Wu Lei), a troubled professional badminton player, cross paths. This leads to a friendship and eventually, something more. As their relationship evolves, Youan encourages Sanchuan to pursue an unprecedented transition from badminton to tennis. Despite their differences and the challenges they face, can they successfully achieve their ambitions, and find fulfilment in life and love?

Cast: Wu Lei, Zhou Yutong, Xia Haoran, Ma Fanding, Li Qing, Jiang Peiyao
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 38
Available on: iQiyi, Tencent, Viki
Release Date: March 27, 2023

22. Falling Before Fireworks 最食人间烟火色

Love an idol drama that’s an easy watch? Then Falling Before Fireworks is a new Chinese drama you should check out this summer! The drama stars former C-pop girl group MIXX member, Lu Yangyang and survival show contestant, Chen Xinhai. Both are rookie actors who seem to have great chemistry on set – it’s one of the best Chinese dramas that came out in 2023!

Synopsis: Si Qing (Lu Yangyang) is a loan banker who ends up in an unlikely encounter with traditional craftsman, Jing Chen (Chen Xinhai) after an incident on the job. Initially, both characters greatly contrast with each other and don’t see eye to eye. However, Jing Chen’s simple kindness and warmth towards Si Qing led to her impulse decision to propose to him.

Cast: Lu Yangyang, Chen Xinhai, Nan Sheng, Zhao Zhenting, Jihao, Omar Gao
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 23
Available on: iQiyi
Release Date: March 31, 2023 

23. Meet Yourself 去有风的地方

While viewers might be more familiar with xiao long nu Liu Yifei on the big screen, she recently began making her comeback to the C-drama scene with great projects like A Dream of Splendor, of which she has earned positive reviews for. Now, she joins Go Go Squid! star Li Xian in the new Chinese drama, Meet Yourself. For those looking for a slice of life-meets-romance show to pass your time, this’ll be one of the best Chinese dramas to look out for.

Synopsis: Xu Hongdou (Liu Yifei), a seasoned urbanite working in the hotel industry, faces a personal crisis when her best friend passes away, causing her work and life to unravel. Seeking respite from the fast-paced city, she retreats to the rural village of Yun Miao, where she manages to find solace and a newfound balance. Somehow, she crosses paths with Xie Zhiyao (Li Xian) and a group of city dwellers also in search of tranquillity. As Xu Hong Dou utilises her hotel expertise to help Xie Zhi Yao establish his tourism business, their professional collaboration begins to transition into the beginnings of a sweet romance.

Cast: Liu Yifei, Li Xian, You Zixuan, Hu Bingqing, Niu Junfeng, Wu Yanshu
Genre: Life, Romance
Episodes: 40
Available on: Hunan TV, Mango TV
Release Date: January 3, 2023

24. Be Your Own Light 做自己的光

Fans of Liu Tao will know that the actress is no stranger to the strong female lead troupe, with some of her best modern roles being An Di in Ode to Joy (2016-2019) and Su Xing in Hand in Hand (2021). This time, she plays a resilient woman trying to cope with her cheating husband’s debts and setbacks in her career. 

Synopsis: He Huan (Liu Tao) faces hardships, including her husband’s abandonment, financial debts, and her mother’s illness. However, she manages to persevere with the support of friends, and quickly rises to become a successful show host. But while her career begins to take off again, her relationship with influencer Jiang Junhao is fraught with feelings of resentment and suspicion. How will they overcome it?

Cast: Liu Tao, Qin Hailu, Liu Yuning, Chai Biyun, Zhang Duo, Liu Hao
Genre: Romance, Life
Episodes: 40
Available on: Youku
Release Date: TBC

25. Hidden Love 偷偷藏不住

Another idol show that’s set to be one of the best Chinese dramas of 2023 is Hidden Love – a new upcoming Chinese drama that stars Chen Zheyuan and Zhao Lusi. But while Hidden Love might seem like a typical idol romance drama, viewers still eagerly anticipate this drama’s release. It’s no wonder – the two are essentially the perfect picture of a university power couple!

Synopsis: Sang Zhi (Zhao Lusi) develops feelings for Duan Jiaxu (Chen Zheyuan), a young man who frequently visits her home to play games with her older brother. Despite a seven-year age gap, Sang Zhi had a childhood crush on him. After reuniting in the same city during university, their close and intimate interactions gradually lead to a blossoming love between them.

Cast: Zhao Lusi, Chen Zheyuan, Victor Ma, Zeng Li, Qiu Xinzhi, Guan Zijing
Genre: Romance, Youth, Comedy
Episodes: 25
Available on: Youku
Release Date: TBC

26. You Are My Glory 你是我的荣耀

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 for 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

27. Falling Into Your Smile 你微笑时很美

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 2023 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

28. Only for Love 以爱为营

Experience a captivating tale of love and ambition in this upcoming modern romance drama, Only for Love. With stars like Bai Lu and Wang Hedi leading the cast, expect them to deliver a remarkable story of self-discovery and love. Get ready to be swept away by their undeniable chemistry in what is probably the next best Chinese romance drama of 2023!

Synopsis: The promising and ambitious reporter, Zheng Shu Yi (Bai Lu) is determined to secure an exclusive interview with influential financial executive Shi Yan (Wang Hedi). After an unexpected encounter due to a mishap, Shi Yan allows Zheng Shu Yi to write a series of reports on their company, leading them to discover new career opportunities, as well as a deepening romance.

Cast: Bai Lu, Wang Hedi, Wei Zheming, Shen Yujie, Liu Dongqin, Jiang Peiyao
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 36
Available on: Hunan TV, Mango TV
Release Date: TBC

Best Chinese dramas of all time: High School genre

29. Lighter And Princess 打火机与公主裙 (2022)

We have added Arthur Chen (Chen Fei Yu) into our list of “male actors to look out for” ever since his drama debut in Ever Night back in 2018. And we can’t contain our excitement to see this blonde hottie’s (yes, blonde!) chemistry with the oh-so-cute Zhang Jing Yi! Adapted from the novel of the same name, Lighter And Princess is a cheesy and sweet youth drama that will have your heart skipping many beats!

Synopsis: Zhu Yun (Zhang Jing Yi) was full of anticipation to kickstart her new life in college. However, the arrival of the infamous bad boy – Li Xun (Arthur Chen) – turned her world upside down. Through bickers and fights, Zhu Yun learns the true personality of Li Xun, who turns out to be a kind and intelligent programming genius (aww)! 

Cast: Chen Fei Yu, Zhang Jing Yi, Zhao Zhi Wei, Qian Di Di, Cui Yu Xin, Jenny Zhang
Genre: Romance, youth
Episodes: 36
Available on: Viki
Release Date: November 3, 2022

30.  Meteor Garden 流星花园 (2018)

Who hasn’t heard of the timeless Chinese drama Meteor Garden? Dubbed as one of the best Chinese dramas of all time, the 2018 adaptation of the popular Taiwanese drama captured a new generation of audiences and continues to be a hit show among C-drama fans. Tune in to Shen Yue as Dong Shancai and Dylan Wang as Daoming Si in this enemies-to-lovers high school comedy drama!

Synopsis: The narrative revolves around Dong Shancai, an ordinary girl admitted to the prestigious Ming De University – her dream school. Hailing from a modest background, she clashes with F4, a group of elite boys led by the arrogant Daoming Si. Despite Daoming Si falling for Dong Shancai, she harbours feelings for his friend and F4 member, Huaze Lei. As the boys appreciate Shancai’s resilient spirit, friendships and romance unfold. However, Si’s mother vehemently opposes Shancai due to her social status, leading to relentless efforts to end Shancai and Daoming Si’s relationship.

Cast: Shen Yue, Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Caesar Wu, Connor Leong
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Youth
Episodes: 50
Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iflix
Release Date: 9 July 2018 – 29 August 2018

31. Where Dreams Begin 梦中的那片海

If you’re looking for a captivating new Chinese drama that captures the essence of dreams, friendship, and social change, Where Dreams Begin is a must-watch. Set against the backdrop of 1970s Beijing, this series paints a vivid picture of the challenges and triumphs faced by a group of young individuals who are coming of age. This stellar cast and drama is sure to move you!

Synopsis: Set in Beijing during the 1970s, Where Dreams Begin delves into the trials and tribulations of a group of young individuals, highlighting the societal changes brought about by an era of reform. Xiao Chunsheng (Xiao Zhan), Ye Guohua (Liu Ruilin), and Chen Hongjun (Cui Hang), hail from military and government backgrounds – meaning that they had to navigate the challenges of joining the army, taking entrance examinations, and embarking on their individual endeavours. Meanwhile, their peer Tong Xiaomei (Li Qin) is a determined Beijing girl pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor.

Cast: Xiao Zhan, Li Qin, Liu Rui Lin, Zhao Xin, Cui Hang
Genre: Life, Youth, Romance
Episodes: 40
Available on: Tencent
Release Date: TBC

Best Chinese dramas of all time: Mystery and Action

32. The Long Season 漫长的季节

If you’re looking for a slow-burn suspense thriller that’s going to keep you hooked by the second, The Long Season is a new Chinese drama that revolves around the decades-long mystery behind a pack of unidentified body parts, which went unsolved for years. 

Synopsis: A group of old friends are reunited by a common unsolved mystery, which involves a lost father, a dead lover, and an unidentified pack of body parts. Together, they work to unveil the truth and find out what truly happened in the past.

Cast: Fan Wei, Qin Hao, Chen Minghao, Li Gengxi, Shi Pengyuan, Zhang Youhao
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Family
Episodes: 12
Available on: Tencent
Release Date: April 22, 2023

33. A League of Nobleman 君子盟

Fans of heartthrobs Song Weilong and Jing Boran definitely can’t miss out on this new Chinese drama. Throw in some hints of a BL romance, and you have the perfect all-in-one show to binge on. Join them as they fight against corruption in the royal court, while forging a remarkable bond along the way.

Synopsis: Zhang Ping (Song Weilong), a perceptive orphan selling noodles in Beijing, forms an unlikely partnership with Lan Jue (Jing Boran), a young minister hiding a secret. Together, they embark on a journey to solve mysteries, including the truth behind Lan Jue’s father’s disappearance. 

Cast: Jing Boran, Song Weilong, Hong Yao, Guo Cheng, Wang Duo, Shawn Zhang
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Historical
Episodes: 29
Available on: Tencent
Release Date: January 30, 2023

34. The Ingenious One 云襄传

The Romance of the Condor Heroes star, Chen Xiao returns in the new action-packed Chinese drama, The Ingenious One. He plays an intelligent young man who is on a quest for revenge, and is joined by actors Mao Xiaotong, Tang Xiaotian, Liu Guanlin, and more. The amazing lineup also includes veteran actors like Kara Wai and Wang Jinsong!

Synopsis: On his quest to exact revenge for his massacred family, Yun Xiang (Chen Xiao) of the Yuntai tribe befriends orphan Shu Yanan (Mao Xiaotong), master swordsman Jin Biao (Liu Guanlin), and martial arts expert Su Mingyu (Tang Xiaotian). Together, the band of friends unveils several secrets and investigates past tragedies.

Cast: Chen Xiao, Mao Xiaotong, Liu Guanlin, Tang Xiaotian, Xu Lingyue, Wang Jinsong, Kara Wai
Genre: Wuxia, Romance, Mystery, Action
Episodes: 36
Available on: iQiyi, Tencent, Viki
Release Date: May 1, 2023

35. The Knockout 狂飙

Have you been trying to find quality crime dramas, but to no avail? Here’s a new Chinese drama that we’ve sussed out for you. From anti-villain themes, corruption, propaganda cop drama, to characters that fall from moral grace – The Knockout is going to have something that’ll suit your taste.

Synopsis: An Xin (Zhang Yi), a dedicated police officer, confronts the relentless criminal forces in Jinghai City, striving to bring them to justice. He gains the support of a task force composed of officials from Linjiang Province, public prosecution, and law and justice departments. As a result, they undertake a concerted effort to eliminate corruption within the political and legal team and restore order in Jinghai City.

Cast: Zhang Yi, Zhang Songwen, Li Yitong, Zhang Zhijian, Wu Gang, Ni Dahong
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Crime
Episodes: 39
Available on: CCTV, iQiyi
Release Date: January 14, 2023

36. Three-Body 三体

Three Body seems to be in a league of its own – or rather, the only breakout show in the Sci-Fi category. Rarely do Sci-Fi shows gain traction in the Chinese media industry, as they’re often written off as tacky or having a poor budget for special effects. However, this adaptation of Liu Cixin’s award winning Sci-Fi trilogy, Remembrance of Earth’s Past seems to have done it justice, receiving rave reviews ever since its release.

Synopsis: A nanomaterials specialist (Zhang Luyi) becomes entangled in a military investigation when he notices a puzzling countdown appearing in his vision. In his quest for answers, he immerses himself in the VR game “Three-Body,” created by a clandestine group known as ETO. In the process, he uncovers the hidden truths behind scientist deaths and a haunting event that occurred during the Cultural Revolution era.

Cast: Zhang Luyi, Yu Hewei, Chen Jin, Wang Ziwen, Lin Yongjian, Li Xiaoran, Tu Songyan
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery
Episodes: 30
Available on: CCTV, Tencent, Viki
Release Date: January 15, 2023

37. Reset 开端 (2022)

Xiao Bai’s fans may be disappointed in the lack of new works from Bai Jing Ting this year. But thankfully, we have Reset to tide us through until 2023, where we will likely get to see not one, not two but three new dramas with Bai Jing Ting as the main character! Headlining the show alongside Bai Jing Ting is none other than the young and talented Zhao Jin Mai. You may remember her from the Chinese adaptation of the popular Thai movie, A Little Thing Called First Love. If you’re looking for the best C-drama of 2023 that will keep you at the edge of your seats (and filled with visually pleasing actors and actresses), this is the one for you!

Synopsis: What if you’re stuck in the same moment over and over again? Will you be able to make a different decision to break the cycle? Everything has been business as usual for Li Shi Qing (Zhao Jin Mai). She wakes up for school and boards the same bus like every other day. Except things took a turn for the worse – her bus gets into a horrendous accident and Shi Qing is at the brink of death. Just as she was about to die, Shi Qing suddenly finds herself back at home, going through the same exact motions as she did the morning of the accident. Realising she’s trapped in a time loop, Shi Qing accidentally drags a fellow bus passenger, Xiao He Yun, into the bizarre mess with her. Together, the duo tries to find a way to alter their fate and save everyone on the bus. 

Cast: Bai Jing Ting, Zhao Jin Mai, Liu Yi Jun, Liu Tao
Genre: Mystery, thriller, sci-fi
Episodes: 15

Best Chinese dramas of all time: Medical

38. The Oath Of Love 余生,请多指教 (2022)

Love a good medical drama? Then, The Oath Of Love will be one of the best C-dramas of 2023 that is not to be missed! Headlined by some of the most popular actors of the year, think Yang Zi and Xiao Zhan, The Oath Of Love garnered loads of excitement among fans back when it was set to premiere in 2019. However, the show was delayed for almost three years and we finally get to watch this masterpiece after a long wait!

Synopsis: Budding cellist Lin Zhi Xiao (Yang Zi) has big dreams – to become a renowned cellist. However, her world comes to a grinding halt when the family discovers the secret her father has been hiding – cancer. To make matters worse, Zhi Xiao rubs Gu Wei (Xiao Zhan) in the wrong way, not knowing that he is the doctor in charge of her father’s treatment. Through bickers and apologies, Zhi Xiao and Gu Wei establish a mutual understanding and finds love along the way. 

Cast: Yang Zi, Xiao Zhan, Xia Zhi Qing, Sunny Hao, Daisy Li, Zhai Zi Lu
Genre: Romance, life, medical
Episodes: 32
Available on: Viu

39. Love Is Panacea 爱情遇见达尔文

The dashing Luo Yunxi returns to the world of medical dramas with Love Is Panacea. While the actor might be rusty seeing as his last medical project was 2017 (Children’s Hospital Paediatrician), Luo Yunxi has proven his impressive range – stayed tuned for its release! 

Synopsis: Gu Yunzheng (Luo Yunxi), a gifted and esteemed neurosurgeon, aspires to win the prestigious “Wang Zhongcheng Award for Young Neurosurgeon of the Year”. However, his life takes a turn when he encounters the love of his life, Su Weian (Zhang Ruonan) who carries a gene for a rare and incurable disease. In a race against time, Gu Yuzheng attempts to defy death to save her. Nevertheless, their love continues to blossom despite the challenges they face because Love is a Panacea.

Cast: Zhang Ruonan, Luo Yunxi, Zhao Mengdi, Qian Didi, Wang Yiting, Li Jiahao
Genre: Romance, Medical
Episodes: 40
Available on: Youku
Release date: TBC

Why are Chinese dramas so popular?

First, Chinese dramas have been taking over the screen by storm lately with amazing cast lineups. Moreover, C-dramas have gotten traction due to their ethereal visuals and stories that go deep into Chinese mythology and culture. As China becomes a global entertainment powerhouse, more investments are pumped into producing high quality drama series and, 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!

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This article was updated on 2 February 2024. Additional research done by Janica Ng.

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