Dramas from China have been expanding their genres, ranging from feel-good romance and enthralling historical adventures, to suspenseful thrillers. These dramas showcase charismatic stars in compelling stories with gorgeous costumes and cinematography. If you are new to the Asian drama scene, or if you've been wondering about which dramas to try, here are a few suggestions from our most popular offerings.

1. Love O2O - a captivating feel-good campus romance

Two college students fall for each other on campus, but unbeknownst to them, their avatars in an online game's virtual world already have married each other. You'll also get to meet two of China's top rising young actors: Yang Yang and Zheng Shuang.

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Love O2O - 微微一笑很倾城

Starring Yang Yang and Zheng Shuang

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2. Memory Lost - a thriller with the perfect blend of romance, action, and mystery.

Two crime investigators meet as strangers but discover that they both suffered memory losses several years ago. Are they somehow connected by the same mystery? In the meantime, they form a crime-fighting duo to investigate a string of unusual crimes. 

The drama is adapted from a novel by popular crime author Ding Mo, whose other works, When a Snail Falls in Love and Love Me If You Dare, are also highly recommended for binge-watching.

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Memory Lost - 美人为馅

Starring Yang Rong and Bai Yu

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3. Ode to Joy - friendship and romance in a big-city setting.

Circumstances intervene and allow five women with different personalities, professions, and disparate backgrounds to become friends. Watch how they help one another solve problems, learn from mistakes, and find the strength to fulfill dreams in love and life. 

This blockbuster series is followed by the sequel Ode to Joy 2.

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Ode to Joy - 欢乐颂

Starring Liu Tao and Jiang Xin

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Ode to Joy 2 - 欢乐颂2

Starring Liu Tao and Jiang Xin

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4. Scarlet Heart - a time-travel masterpiece that is so famous that there is a Korean remake.

A modern girl wakes up in the body of an aristocratic lady in the Qing dynasty. She falls in love with not one, but two of the most important princes during that era. Will her romance with the princes affect history? Will she ever return to the 21st century?

This romantic epic has established itself as a classic in the time-travel genre, and it even has a remake in the Korean Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. It is also the last of its kind in China, as Chinese authorities have forbidden more time-travel dramas.


5. Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms - a fascinating fantasy romance that sets new couple goals.

Also known as "Eternal Love," the original Chinese title literally means "Three Lives Three Loves Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms." You simply can't get a love that lasts a longer time than the one between the High Goddess White Fox Princess Bai Qian and the Celestial Crown Prince Ye Hua (played by international star Mark Chao).

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Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (aka Eternal Love) - 三生三世十里桃花

Starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao

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6. The King's Woman - a historical drama about China's most famous king and the woman he loves.

This enthralling historical romance is about a ruthless king and the one woman who captures his heart. Ultimately, they both face critical choices: The king has to decide whether unifying China is more important to him, and the beautiful concubine also has to choose between love and duty. 

You'll fall in love with first-time romantic leading man Zhang Bin Bin and his leading lady Dilraba Dilmurat.

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The King's Woman - 秦时丽人明月心

Starring Dilraba Dilmurat and Zhang Bin Bin

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7. Nirvana in Fire - considered the greatest martial-arts and historical romance in recent years.

China's premier leading man, Hu Ge, stars as a military commander who survived a crushing defeat and returns under disguise to avenge his clan and find his lost love.

The enthralling drama has been praised as one of the best Chinese historical dramas for featuring a riveting revenge story, gorgeous cinematography, fantastic martial arts, and impeccable direction and performances. One reason that this drama has deeply touched fans is how Hu Ge's own life has paralleled the leading character Mei Changsu's phoenix-like rise from tragedy.

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Nirvana in Fire - 琅琊榜

Starring Hu Ge and Liu Tao

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BONUS

Game of Hunting, starring Hu Ge as a headhunter in a highly-anticipated new thriller about the cutthroat business world, is coming to DramaFever in November. Add it to your queue now!

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Game of Hunting - 猎场

Starring Hu Ge and Zu Feng

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Which Chinese drama would you like to watch? Which do you recommend? 

~ NancyZdramaland

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