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Top 5 Mainland Chinese Dramas for Chinese Learners

Compared with Chinese movie, drama is a better resource to learn Chinese language for Chinese beginners as the actors/actress movie are usually use their own tones while the dramas use professional voice characters. Here I will introduce you 5 most viewed Chinese dramas.

1. 琅琊榜 Nirvana in Fire 

This costume drama is adapted from the novelist Hai Yan’s novel with the same name. It stars Hu Ge, Liu Tao and Wang Kai as Mei Changsu, Princess Nihuang and Prince Jing. It tells the story of Lin Shu, who, under the alias Mei Changsu, enters the capital of Liang to seek justice for a conspiracy that labeled his family as traitors 12 years before. As one of the best Chinese dramas, it achieves a especially high appraisal since its air and won lots of awards like Drama of the Year, Top Ten Television Series, Best Original TV Adaption, Quality Grand Award, Most Popular Chinese TV Series, Golden Angel Award for Best Chinese TV Series, etc.

Where to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X337arDKgJg&list=PLvBtqeytAL-bQUBGeVXZ9Tds2mE9NZJ7y (English and Indonesian sub)


2. 北平无战事  All Quiet in Peking

All Quiet in Peking is a war drama which tells the story in 1948 when Amid China’s economic collapsed and Kuomintang leader Chiang Chingkuo launched a campaign to oust corrupt bigwigs in his flagging party. It stars Liu Ye, Chen Baoguo, Liao Fan, Zu Feng and others famouse actors and actresses in China. After being aired in 2014, it won the Best TV Drama award in the 2014 National Opera Festival , Best Drama Award in the twenty-first Shanghai TV Festival Magnolia Award, Outstanding Drama Award  at the thirtieth session of the China flying Award and the eleventh session of the Chinese Golden Eagle TV Art Festival outstanding Drama Award.

Where to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4fldaCwKcU&list=PLvpAVnYN4lb0CxkIjkJFH724iXAw6fplZ (English and Thailand sub)


3. 三生三世十里桃花  Three Lives Three Worlds Three Miles of Peach Blossoms

Three Lives Three Worlds Three Miles of Peach Blossoms, also named Eternal Love, is a fantasy fairy drama aired from January 2017 in China. It stars Yang Mi, Mark Zhao, and Dilraba, etc. With the delicate costume and makeup and  all actors and actresses’s outstanding acting skill, this drama achieved 3 billion views online, and was adapted in Vietnam. It tells the romantic story between Baiqian, the monarch of the green hill, and Yehua, the Prince of the Heaven.

Where to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmhVK9onFLY&list=PLpOa-OrneXm34lESV2HJzCIFHA3tBrI5s  (multi-subs)


4. 欢乐颂 Ode to Joy

Ode to Joy is a modern drama which tells the friendship, life and work happening on five girls with different characters, educational backgrounds, and home environment. It stars Liu Tao, Jiang Xin, Wang Ziwen, Wang Kai, etc.

Where to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wGpu56WQGQ&list=PLDJOdUQWf4L-5-QCfZ8bu6TTSSB7vC54z&index=24 (multi-subs)


5. 微微一笑很倾城 Love O2O

Love O2O is a 2016 Chinese television series based on the novel of the same name written by Gu Man, starring Yang Yang and Zheng Shuang. It is one of the most viewed Chinese drama, with over 22 billion views online.

Where to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8oGhDZyPcA&list=PLpOa-OrneXm2kCuFtzi-gVAMB0UXCBc2b (multi-subs)


  1. Douglas

    Ten Miles Peach Blossom is better than what I expected. I’m watched this drama. It’s a mixture of romance, fantasy, and action. If you watch this, you will be hooked up because of its amazing story and at the same time will be fascinated with the action scenes. There’s a bit of political struggle too but all in all you will really enjoy this series.

    1. admin

      I totally agree with you. I love the scene, music and all actors and actresses in this drama. Hope directors in China can produce more excellent dramas.

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