Last updated on January 26th, 2024 at 08:58 pm
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Netflix might be known for its exclusive series such as The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, Bridgerton, and Stranger Things but did you know Netflix also has dozens of Chinese dramas on there?
There is a reason why other than YouTube, Netflix is arguably the most-watched video streaming platform around the world. It’s because they have tons of content available for selection!
This blog post will break down the best Chinese series on Netflix so that you’re not scouring the platform wondering which one is worth watching.
I have separated the post by talking about the best historical Chinese series on Netflix first then modern dramas.
Let’s get started!
Best Chinese Series on Netflix – Historical
With beautiful CGI, costumes, and scenery, it’s no wonder that Chinese historical dramas are usually the ones to go viral on social media. Get all that eye candy by watching one of the following dramas.
1) Eternal Love
Yang Mi and Mark Chao star in Eternal Love, an extremely popular Chinese drama when it first came out in 2017.
It’s about a love story that spans over three lifetimes. The first lifetime is between teacher and disciple, Si Yin and Mo Yuan. The second lifetime is with Su Su and Ye Hua. The third lifetime is with Bai Qian and Ye Hua.
You’ll often see this drama on the must-watch Chinese shows list on different websites for a good reason. The cinematography, storyline, acting, and original music soundtrack will blow you away.
It is 58 episodes long so those who might not want to watch such a long TV series can watch the movie version of Eternal Love instead.
Though, I have to warn you that the TV version is superior. There’s more time to flesh out the characters and plot in the TV series. Also, the main actors change from Yang Mi and Mark Chao to Liu Yi Fei and Yang Yang in the movie version.
There is also a spinoff drama called Eternal Love of Dream. Dilraba and Gao Wei Guang reprise their roles as Bai Feng Jiu and Dong Hua Di Jun except they’re the main characters in this drama instead of being side characters in Eternal Love. Yang Mi plays a cameo too as Bai Qian!
Unfortunately, Eternal Love of Drama is not on Netflix (yet) but I thought it would be a good side note for people who get addicted to Eternal Love.
2) Love Between Fairy and Devil
Synopsis – The kind-hearted and innocent fairy, Xiao Lan Hua accidentally saves the all-powerful devil that has been locked up for thousands of years, Dong Fang Qing Cang. Dong Fang Qing Cang’s emotions get linked to Xiao Lan Hua and experiences the highs and lows of the emotion spectrum through her.
It’s a domineering CEO who falls for a good girl type of story but in ancient times.
From being ridiculed online for his acting skills in other dramas to being praised in a few short years, Dylan Wang as Dong Fang Qing Cang deserves a standing ovation. He has come far in his acting skills compared to Meteor Garden.
If the casting team went with other actors instead of Esther Yu and Dylan Wang, Love Between Fairy and Devil might not have been as popular. The story, chemistry, and acting are why this drama is a success.
I consider this to be one of the best Chinese series on Netflix. It’s one of my personal favourites.
3) The Princess Wei Young
Synopsis – Princess Feng Xi Er’s life changes overnight when her family is killed, leaving her the only one to still be alive. She takes on Li Wei Young’s identity as she swore to take revenge on her family’s behalf.
Tiffany Tang has had a few drama hits under her belt like Chinese Paladin 3, Xuan-Yuan Sword, Diamond Lover, and My Sunshine. The male lead, Luo Jin also has had plenty of acting experience.
The two leads in this drama, Tiffany Tang and Luo Jin are married in real life. Watch this drama to see what a real-life couple’s chemistry looks like on screen.
4) Who Rules the World
In the martial arts world, Hei Feng Xi and Bai Feng are rivals since they are both intelligent and talented in martial arts.
Something else they have in common is that they are a royal prince and princess in their kingdom. With family, politics, and enemies, how will their love survive through all this chaos?
The fight scenes, visuals, and top stars in this drama sure attracted a lot of attention. There were even rumours that these two leads, Zhao Lu Si and Yang Yang dated in real life.
5) The Long Ballad
The Long Ballad stars Dilraba and Leo Wu. Li Chang Ge’s family gets murdered so she swears to seek revenge.
The ‘this person killed my family so I will kill them too’ is a common trope in Chinese dramas.
To be honest, I was enthralled by the secondary couple’s love story more than the main couple, which is extremely rare. The second female lead in this drama is Zhao Lu Si (from Who Rules the World) while her love interest in The Long Ballad is Liu Yu Ning. The way her sweetness melts Hao Du’s heart is adorable.
For this couple alone, it’s a drama that’s worth watching.
6) The Blue Whisper
Dilraba sure knows how to pick her dramas because this is the third drama on the list that has her in it. They’re all historical dramas too.
The Blue Whisper is about Yun He being ordered to tame the merman, Chang Yi, and get his tail. The problem is that he has to give up his tail on his own free will so she must think of ways for him to do that. As she gets to know him, she is hesitant to hurt him and soon has to make a decision – will she choose his freedom? Or hers?
The lead character as a merman is unique in the Chinese drama world as the characters tend to be deities, demons, or humans.
The star power of the lead actors in this drama will draw people in.
One thing to note is that this 2022 drama is split into two parts. Part 1 has 22 episodes while Part 2 has 20 episodes. There were some TV restrictions, which is why the drama was split into two parts. However, this won’t affect your viewing experience on Netflix as the episodes are all already out.
7) Lost You Forever
The main lead is Yang Zi, who is one of the most popular Chinese actresses. In this drama, she plays a character called Xiao Yao.
Xiao Yao got separated from her family when she was younger and morphed into a guy. This is her story where a childhood sweetheart, the nice guy, the bad boy, and the oblivious one fight for her affection.
Lost You Forever is unique because it’s one girl with four love interests. Another reason why this show stands out is because the lead characters aren’t so black and white. It’s not a stereotypical good-girl character type of show.
Lost You Forever became one of the most watched shows in China in 2023 and it’s not hard to understand why!
Best Chinese Series on Netflix (Modern)
8) Boss and Me
The male lead in Boss and Me is a CEO called Feng Teng. He has a sister who has a rare blood type and when an employee at his company, Xue Shan Shan steps up to donate her blood (they share the rare blood type), Feng Teng thanks Shan Shan in an unconventional way by getting her meals.
It’s a rich guy poor girl story.
Zhang Han plays Feng Teng, a cold CEO. It is a role that should be familiar to the audience because it’s what he does best. For fans of Chinese dramas, Zhao Li Ying should be a familiar face as she starred in many TV series over the years as an actress. Her face definitely fits the sweet and pure girl type of role.
9) Meteor Garden
Shan Cai is an average girl who challenges F4, a group of 4 boys who are wealthy, popular, and handsome. She gets entangled with the childish and spoiled leader of F4, Dao Ming Si.
Meteor Garden started as a Japanese manga but its popularity in Asia grew so much that Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan also made a TV series based on the books.
It’s an iconic series so fans of the manga won’t want to miss out on this.
If you watch Meteor Garden and Love Between Fairy and Devil, you’ll notice the huge leap of improvement in Dylan’s (Dao Ming Si) acting skills.
10) Put Your Head on My Shoulder
A cheerful female lead, Si Tu Mo meets the genius Gu Wei Yi in this university love story. They even end up having to live together.
This drama was an unexpected hit amongst the public for its light-heartedness drama. It will have you cooing for the lead couple.
11) Love 020
Love 020 is a love story that revolves around video games. Both Bei Wei Wei and Xiao Nai are extremely good-looking and smart at their university. They are at the top of the fields and get to know each other online and it transfers to an off-screen romance.
Online gamers have to watch this Chinese series on Netflix. There are quite a few scenes about gaming. If you’re not into that, this drama might not be for you.
For those who enjoyed the TV series, the movie version is also on Netflix.
12) A Love So Beautiful
A Love So Beautiful has the same female lead as Meteor Garden, Shen Yue. In her debut drama as a lead actress, she is paired with Hu Yi Tian.
Shen Yue plays the bright and optimistic Chen Xiao Xi in this drama. She has a one-sided love for Jiang Chen, her next-door neighbour that is smart, intelligent, handsome, and cold.
It might be easy to scoff at this type of plot as it’s been played dozens of times already like It Started with a Kiss. However, Shen Yue does a terrific job of pulling off Chen Xiao Xi to the point where she is her character. Did she have a similar experience when she was at school?
Usually, it’s the male actor that stands out but Shen Yue shines in her role as Chen Xiao Xi. She’s that good.
There’s even a Korean version of this drama, which is also on Netflix!
13) The Rational Life
Time is ticking for the female lead, Shen Ruo Xin as she battles workplace drama and societal pressure for love as a woman in her mid-30s. She meets her assistant who is 12 years younger, Qi Xiao. Although older woman and younger man romance continues to become more commonly accepted nowadays, there are still conservatives who turn their nose at a woman being older in a relationship. Will Ruo Xin defy society’s expectations and dare to go for a younger man with a ‘lower’ status than her?
The Rational Life is a good female empowering drama that encourages ladies to follow their hearts. She’s someone to look up to.
The downside to this drama is that the age gap is a bit uncomfortable. In the drama, there is a 12-year age difference between the two leads. In real life, the age difference is almost 20 years.
Just like Dilraba, Dylan Wang is in three dramas on this list. He has made his affection for her obvious in past interviews. Hopefully, they’ll get to collaborate on a TV drama soon.
14) Hidden Love
Zhao Lu Si is quite a popular actress to have several of her dramas air on Netflix.
This must-watch drama called Hidden Love is an absolute gem and a show you cannot miss. Zhao Lu Si plays Sang Zhi, a girl who falls in love with her older brother’s best friend, Duan Jia Xu.
This drama is like a Wattpad story coming to life.
Duan Jia Xu is the perfect boyfriend material. He’s a noble guy who has been dealt with an unfair hand but continues to be kind and caring towards people around him. As for Sang Zhi, she loves her man fiercely and will stand by his side through thick and thin.
This youth drama is full of sweetness, amazing acting, undeniable chemistry, and a strong love story that will carry you to all 25 episodes.
It’s the perfect show to watch on a weekend since it’s not as long as some of the other Chinese dramas on the list. Plus, it will have you squealing like a pig if you’re a huge romantic at heart.
Another one of my personal favourites and for sure, one of the best Chinese series on Netflix.
15) When I Fly Towards You
The author, Zhu Yi wrote both When I Fly Towards You and Hidden Love.
There are a few similarities and while Hidden Love is the bigger drama, When I Fly Towards You has its own charm.
It’s about Su Zai Zai, a bright and bubbly girl falling for Zhang Lu Rang, a quiet and introverted guy. The chemistry between the two is palpable and will make you root for them till the end.
The drama starts from their high school days till their adulthood.
Watching the characters grow up will leave you feeling empty by the time the show is finished. More people deserve to know about this drama!
How Much Does Netflix Cost?
Netflix has increased its price in recent years. Currently, in 2024, the prices for the three plans per month are the following:
Basic – 63 HKD
Standard – 78 HKD
Premium – HKD 93
The main differences between the three plans is the number of devices you can watch at the same time and show quality (HD, Full HD, and Ultra HD).
Watching TV shows at the end of a tiring day is often a go-to way for people to unwind and get some me time.
Netflix is great because there are no ads. In addition, as each episode ends, the platform automatically moves on to the next episode. You don’t even have to move your fingers!
Final Thoughts – Best Chinese Series on Netflix
Doesn’t this list seem long?
It does, doesn’t it?
You might be surprised to know that there are even MORE Chinese dramas you can watch on Netflix. With a pretty extensive selection on Netflix, you might not know what to watch especially if you’re just starting out in the Chinese entertainment world.
That’s why I created this list of the Best Chinese series on Netflix. So you can skip all the other ones and just focus on these 15 dramas.
When you find a good show, you’ll find yourself down the rabbit hole and be completely immersed in this fantasy world where you feel like you know the characters intimately. When the show ends, you’ll even feel empty for a little while because you were so invested in these episodes.
Watching Chinese dramas is extremely addicting. It also requires dedication as most shows especially historical dramas can be 50+ episodes but it’s worth it, I promise.
Once you start watching these shows, you’ll understand the global hype.
So what are you waiting for? Subscribe to Netflix and indulge in Chinese dramas!
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