Best Chinese Dramas To Watch On Netflix In 2021

Published on 20 May 2021
Author: Chinese Online Courses

 


 
Are you a drama fan? Are you interested in Asian or Chinese culture? Are you interested in Chinese culture and language? Then watch Chinses drama! In 2021 this year, the epidemic is still spreading around the world. Whether you are working at home or in the office, try some good Chinese dramas to eliminate your boredom from social restrictions! Different from other countries, Chinese dramas are famous for their unique genres. For example, Wuxia refers to Chinese fictions focusing on martial arts and adventures, and Xianxia is a Chinese fantasy that contains the concepts of Chinese mythology, Taoism, Buddhism, martial arts and other cultural elements. 

In this article, we will introduce you a list of best Chinese Dramas on Netflix in 2021 in all genres. Let’s get it started and find your favourite Chinese drama!

                                                            

[ Historical Dramas ]

It might seem a little bit confusing - what are the differences between the two genres - historical dramas and ancient dramas (the following genre)? Historical dramas focus more on true history which means the dynasty existed and some stories were recorded in ancient works. However, in ancient dramas, the story took place in an ancient setting while the dynasty and stories are not real histories. Now let’s take a look at the best historical Chinese dramas!

Qin Empire: Alliance (大秦帝国之纵横)

 


‣ Original release: 2012
‣ Episodes: 51
‣ Starring: Fu Dalong, Ning Jing, Fu Miao, Yu Enta

If you are a big fan of Chinese history, or you are curious about ancient China, then you really need to watch the Qin Empire series!  Qin Empire: Alliance is actually the second season of the Qin Empire, but also the only season we can watch on Netflix. However, it does not affect your understanding of the plots even if you haven’t watched the first season (the Qin Empire I). This is a historical drama based on the Qin empire which was in the mid-fourth century B.C. in China. This play is very well-produced. Not only the story is based on history, but also all the costumes and etiquette are exquisite. All actors and actresses perfectly interpreted a historical epic. 

Now, click on the trailer below to enjoy the movie-like production which includes grand scenes of the war!

YouTube Trailer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ty-3w4oLZs

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80160597

King’s War (楚汉传奇)

 


‣ Original release: 2012
‣ Episodes: 80
‣ Starring: Chen Daoming, Peter Ho, Duan Yihong, Qin Lan

King’s War, also known as the Legend of Chu and Han, is another excellent historical TV series that has a very similar background as the Qin Empire. It is based in 210 B.C., when Emperor Qin died, two insurgent warriors Xiang Yu and Liu Bang stood out in this turbulent period and fought for control of the Chinese Empire. Eventually, the Qin dynasty fell and the new Han dynasty was found. 

In ancient China or in the ancient world, the demise of one dynasty always represents the rise of another dynasty. However, who took charge of the new dynasty and how did he managed to do that? After watching Qin Empire: Alliance, if you find yourself highly interested in Chinese history, then King’s War on Netflix will be your next choice!

YouTube Opening music video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCJzcego2qM

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80160391


[ Ancient Dramas ]

The Rise of Phoenixes (天盛长歌) 

 

‣ Original release: 2018
‣ Episodes: 70
‣ Starring: Chen Kun,Ni Ni, Zhao Lixin, Ni Dahong

Ancient dramas are often indistinguishable from palace dramas because many ancient stories take place in the palace. The Rise of Phoenixes is like this - it can be defined as an ancient drama as well as a palace drama. It was one of the highest-rated Chinese shows in 2018. If you are interested in both powerful and smart female protagonist and male protagonist, then don’t miss this show!

Feng Zhiwei, the offspring of the female Marshal Fire Phoenix, was expelled from the family because she was an illegitimate daughter and was despised by others. In order to survive, Feng Zhiwei dressed as a man and entered Qingming Academy which was actually founded by the sixth prince of the Tiansheng Kingdom Ning Yi. Zhiwei became an outstanding scholar with her stunning talents, and her dream was to make great achievement to serve the country. However, she discovered a big secret of her birth which made her turned against her beloved Ning Yi... What does she want? Revenge for herself? Save the country and the people? Or pursue the one she deeply loves?

All the costumes and sets in this drama are very exquisite, which sometimes makes you feel like you are watching a movie. Now click on the trailer link below and enjoy the visual feast!

YouTube Trailer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyAsfo6rEz0

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80993613

The Untamed (陈情令)

 

‣ Original release: 2019
‣ Episodes: 50
‣ Starring: Sean Xiao, Wang Yibo

The Untamed is one of the most popular dramas in China in 2019. It is a combination of ancient and xianxia drama. It was adapted from a popular BL novel, so there will be a lot of scenes implicitly showing the love among two male protagonists Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian. 

As we mentioned, the story is based in an ancient setting, when the world was managed by five noble families: Lan, Jiang, Nie, Wen, Jing. One of our male protagonists Lan Wangji was from the Lan family.  He was a righteous and elegant young man, but with quiet nature and didn’t know how to make friends until Wei Wuxian entered his life. Wei Wuxian is lively and outgoing. They became intimate friends. However, the world was not always peaceful and stable. They promised to always fight the evil and help the weak, but then they chose different paths... Will they fulfill their dreams to make the world better? Will they understand and support each other till the end? 

Check the Trailer below. If you like it, start following their love on Netflix!

YouTube Trailer video:
Remember to turn on the English subtitle and watch!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAsP69G5rWQ

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81200228

[ Modern Dramas ]

Here to Heart (温暖的弦)

 


‣ Original release: 2018
‣ Episodes: 48
‣ Starring: Han Zhang, Janine Chang

Adapting from the popular online novel of the same name, Here to Heart has attracted everyone's attention since it was first released.
 
Zhan Nanxian had a keen insight into the development trend of high-tech. He partnered with his classmates to raise funds to create Qianyu Company. In the case of only a 10% success rate of entrepreneurship in the high-tech industry, his company went through various difficulties and finally succeeded in the listing. Wen Nuan then quitted her job in a well-known British company and returned to China. She came to Qianyu Company and became a special assistant of Zhan Nanxian. Why does she choose Qianyu specifically and what are her purposes? It seems that Zhan Nanxian and Wen Nuan were familiar with each other before... What happened between them seven years ago? 

If you are a big fan of modern dramas, try Here to Heart!

YouTube Trailer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkrNUF34XQs

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81017545

Diamond Lover (克拉恋人)

 


‣ Original release: 2015
‣ Episodes: 24
‣ Starring: Rain,Tiffany Tang, Luo Jin, Dilraba Dilmurat

Mi Meili (female protagonist) fell in love with Xiao Liang (male protagonist), the president of the Diamond Company. Mi Meili dared not to confess because she was obese and had low self-esteem while Xiao Liang was handsome and successful. However, a car accident changed her life completely. She did cosmetic surgery and became slender and beautiful. To say goodbye to the previous Mi Meili, she even changed her name to Mi Duo. She applied to work in Xiao Liang’s diamond company and became an assistant designer. After experiencing setbacks in both relationship and career, Miduo realized that beauty is not a passport to love and happiness. She is no longer troubled by the definitions of beauty or ugliness. She wants to become a qualified jewellery designer. She does not realize how attractive she is now - confident, optimistic, and chasing her dream bravely. Then how will this story develop? Will she eventually reap the success of her career and relationship? 

If you are curious about “the transformation of a girl in a modern world”, follow Diamond Lover on Netflix!

YouTube Trailer video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rewciStazsI

Netflix Link: 
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80160516

 

[ Romance Dramas ]

A love so beautiful (致我们单纯的小美好)

 

‣ Original release: 2017
‣ Episodes: 24
‣ Starring: Hu Yitian, Shen yue

This is a perfect drama for people who don’t like watching long TV series - A love so beautiful only has 24 episodes, while most Chinese dramas have double the number of episodes. 

It tells a cute love story between two youths - Chen Xiaoxi and Jiang Chen. 
The lively vitality girl Chen Xiaoxi had been chasing the next door boy Jiang Chen's footsteps since their high school days, while Jiangchen always treated her coldly. However, it seemed that he was moved a little bit? Where will they go to the university? What career path will they embark on? Can they keep this beautiful and pure relationship since their high school time? 

A love so beautiful will definitely remind you of your high school time - the time full of passion, dreams, and pure love.

YouTube Trailer video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_1aauD9GUI

Netflix Link: 
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80239640

I hear you (最动听的事)

 

‣ Original release: 2019
‣ Episodes: 24
‣ Starring: Riley Wang, Zhao Lusi

Bei Erduo, a girl from an ordinary family who loves dubbing, always has the dream of studying in Japan to become a professional voice actor. However, her mother hoped that she would marry a rich man when she was young and beautiful. To make up for the expenses of studying abroad, Bei Erduo joined a reality show for couples, in which she ran into Ye Shuwei, the world's top violin player with prominent family background. He joined this TV show because his bet failed, however, it seems he had other reasons... This enigmatic guy treated Bei Erduo sometimes friendly and sometimes indifferently. What will Bei Erduo think about him?

I hear you is a youthful and sweet TV series. If you don’t like tragic and heavy dramas, then try this one! This cute and relaxing romance drama will be your best choice after a hard day of work or study!

YouTube Trailer video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Go4MFHDzk

Netflix Link: 
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81087124


[ Wuxia Dramas ] (Chinese martial arts fictions)

Handsome Siblings (绝代双骄)

 


‣ Original release: 2020
‣ Episodes: 44
‣ Starring: Hu Yitian, Chen Zheyuan, Liang Jie, Liang Jingxian

Handsome Siblings is a wuxia drama which means there will be a lot of martial arts fighting scenes in this series. It is adapted from the novel of the same name written by an extremely famous wuxia writer Gu Long. 

Jiang Xiaoyu, the female protagonist, who claimed to be the "No. 1 Evil in the World", was raised by “Five Evils” Li Dazui, Haha'er, Tu Jiaojiao etc. Though she seemed is a tricky and unreliable person, she was warm-hearted inside. One day, when she was wandering around, she met a handsome man Hua Wuque who was adopted by a famous martial art master since he was little. They quickly became both competitors and friends. However, the master had always wanted to retaliate... What is revenge about and will the revenge infect their relationship?

YouTube Trailer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvPrbGpxIcg

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80996973

Once Upon A Time In Lingjian Mountain (从前有座灵剑山)

 

‣ Original release: 2019
‣ Episodes: 37
‣ Starring: Xu Kai, Sandrine Pinna, Ryan Zhu, Gao Yuer

Once Upon A Time In Lingjian Mountain is the combination of topics of Wuxia and Xianxia since it has the elements of Chinese mythology, Taoism, and Buddhism while martial arts and adventures are the main focus. 

For thousands of years, Lingjian Sect has been committed to cultivating talents and became one of the five great sects. To further expand their influence and recruit new talents, Lingjian Sect held a qualification selection conference, and sincerely invite various talents to come. Because of the fall of a comet, Wang Lu who is a once-in-a-millennium genius, with his modern way of thinking,  stepped into the Lingjian mountain of the Lingjian Sect. With all this scientific knowledge and an extremely high EQ, what changes will Wang Lu bring to the Lingjian mountain? The nine continents are facing a crisis. What is the crisis and will Wang Lu help them to solve the problem?

If you are a person interested in the spirit of wuxia - martial heroes who walk through the world, suppress bullies, help the weak, and make the world better, then you will definitely like Once Upon A Time In Lingjian Mountain! Click on the Trailer video and feel the freedom and justice in the wuxia world!

YouTube Trailer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzUcLT-T5tU

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81208888


[ Xianxia Dramas ] (Chinese fantasies)

Eternal Love (三生三世,十里桃花)

 

‣ Original release: 2017
‣ Episodes: 58
‣ Starring: Yang Mi, Mark Chao

External Love is one of the most popular fantasy dramas not only in China but also on Netflix. This TV series has another name that is directly translated - Three Lives, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms. From the name, you might tell why it is a Xianxia drama. This is a story of how did two deities - Ye Hua and Bai Qian, meet and fall in love. They first met in the human realm and then separated due to a misunderstanding. When they met again in heaven, Ye Hua had to win Bai Qian’s affections all over again because she intentionally forgot everything that happened in the human realm. 

Why did Bai Qian choose to forget? What happened between them? Will their love continues in three worlds and three lives? If you are a big fan of tortuous love stories, then go and check it on Netflix! Maybe it will become your favourite series!

YouTube Trailer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtD4k1UeiqY

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81019520

Ashes of Love (香蜜沉沉烬如霜)

 

‣ Original release: 2018
‣ Episodes: 63
‣ Starring: Yang Zi, Deng Lun

The same as Eternal Love, Ashes of Love is also adapted from a famous Chinese Xianxia novel. Therefore, if you have watched Eternal Love and found that you are a big fan of the Xianxia genre, then try Ashes of Love! Here is the brief introduction of the plots:

Knowing her daughter Jinmi will suffer from the pain of love, the Floral Goddess fed the naive Jinmi a pill that sever her feelings for love and hid her away to protect her. However, Jinmi met with the Heavenly Emperor's son Xufeng accidentally and Xufeng fell in love with her. When will she feel the same and love him back? How will they deal with various forces that conspire against them? With such a love full of pain, will they have a happy ending eventually?

Many viewers commented “I cried like a KID” “I ran out of tissues at home” after watching this series. If you enjoy following the plots and releasing all your emotions and sadness while watching the dramas, try Ashes of Love! It won’t let you down!

YouTube Trailer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oSUun-c6vU

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81026363

 

[ Funny Dramas / Comedy Dramas ]

Accidentally in Love (惹上冷殿下)

 

‣ Original release: 2018
‣ Episodes: 30
‣ Starring: Junchen Guo, Yi Ning Sun

Situ Feng, a very famous singer who had lots of fans was originally a cold person, and he was indifferent to everything, but in school, he did not expect to be the desk-mate of Chen Qingqing, who was lively, straightforward and courageous. In the series of funny things, the two gradually developed feelings for each other. Nevertheless, Chen Qingqing had her own secret and purpose of going to this school... What does she want to do? What is her true identity? All the answers will be revealed in funny plots. 

Accidentally in Love is your best choice after one day’s work and study! Its nonsensical plots are full of imagination and will bring you in a good mood after a busy day! Now lie on the sofa, have some snacks, click in the Accidentally in Love trailer and enjoy the hilarious show!

YouTube Trailer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srgYlCV8M38

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81025800

Well-Intended Love (奈何Boss要娶我)

 


‣ Original release: 2019
‣ Episodes: 20
‣ Starring: Xu Kaicheng, Simona Wang

If you translate the Chinese name directly to English, it will be But the Boss wants to marry me. From this translation, you can tell that Well-Intended Love is a typical drama in which “the handsome boss falls in love with the female protagonist”. Despite the clichéd plot, this drama has a lot of comedy elements that attract a lot of audiences. The series we introduce here is Well-Intended Love season one. Season two was also released in 2020.

Xia Lin is an actress who is not famous and suffers from blood cancer. To get a suitable bone marrow type for treatment, she kept disturbing Ling Yizhou who is the boss of the Ling Company. Ling Yizhou finally agreed to help Xia Lin receive bone marrow transplantation as soon as possible while she can continue her personal acting career. However, he also has a request... What does Ling Yizhou want from Xia Lin? Can they get along smoothly? What difficulties will they face together?

Go and watch Well-Intended Love to relax in your leisure time!

YouTube Trailer video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diOogqkZFDo&t=31s

Netflix Link:
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81092192

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