7 Chinese dramas you don’t have to be a C-drama fan to enjoy
I'll be the first to admit that I used to overlook some of the amazing dramas coming out of China and shoot straight for my beloved K-dramas, but I have recently seen the light and amended my ways, and have been highly reward for it! If you're a Korean drama fan who wants to know why Chinese dramas are gaining so much popularity, but don't know where to start, here is a list of 7 C-dramas that newbies are guaranteed to enjoy.
1. Love O2O
Fans are falling hard for this modern drama because of its charming leads and their mature and passionate relationship. This romantic college drama is not just for C-drama fans, or gamers, but is sure to leave everyone yearning for more!
Singer-actress Zheng Shuang and Weibo Power Star winner Yang Yang star in a romantic comedy that is sure to log in to the heart leaderboards and score a 1UP for love. Xiao Nai (Yang Yang) is a gaming expert who, courtesy of his basketball skills, academic excellence, swimming talent and game company presidency, also happens to be the most popular student on campus. When he first comes across the gorgeous computer science major Bei Wei Wei (Zheng Shuang), the infinitely talented wunderkind immediately falls in love. But it’s not Bei’s looks that he notices; it’s the ridiculous mastery with which she is commanding her guild and owning everyone in an online multiplayer game that makes her impossible to forget. Now, Xiao Nai must use his skills both in real life and online to capture the adorable but dorky Bei’s heart. But does their love have the XP to succeed, or will this relationship never level up?
This quirky and hilarious drama about love between a B-list actress and an otherworldly hottie is sure to put a smile on your face. With unique plot turns and unexpected character development, this is one C-drama that is sure to hook you from beginning to end!
Xue Ling Qiao (Kim Tae Hwan), an otherworldly being who has been asleep for centuries, is accidentally awakened by Tian Jing Zhi (Wu Qian), who is forced to share her home with this awkward hottie with super powers. From bickering to eventually warming up to each other, an unlikely romance blossoms between them, but will a cosmic conspiracy keep them apart?
A classic tale about the unexpected love between a strong-willed, independent interpreter and her cold-on-the-outside-warm-on-the-inside supervisor, this drama gives insight into life and love between working adults in modern China.
Determined to become a French translator, Qiao Fei (Yang Mi) immerses herself in her studies. But when this competitive university student meets Cheng Jia Yang (Huang Xuan), a famous translator, she discovers a whole new side to French. In this love-hate relationship, can Qiao Fei and Huang Xuan master the language of love or are the barriers too incomprehensible?
4. Ice Fantasy
This ones for the fantasy lovers! Ice Fantasy is an epic C-drama that is appealing for its fascinating plot, stunning costumes and sets, and beautiful stars. You don't have to know anything about Chinese dramas to become totally addicted to this one!
Feng Shao Feng (Prince of Lan Ling) and f(x) member Victoria Song star in an epic fantasy about love, war and deception. After a vicious battle between the Empire of Snow and the Fire Tribe leaves most of the royal family dead, Prince Ka Suo (Feng) reluctantly accepts the throne. This leads to turmoil with his half-brother, Yin Kong Shi (Mandopop singer Ma Tian Yu), who now decides to become the Fire Prince, leading the tribe that works against his brother. Meanwhile, Ka Suo also loses the woman he loves, Li Luo (Song), the fearless envoy for the guards he was not allowed to marry because she wasn’t of royal birth. Years ago, the battle destroyed Ka Suo’s family, love and empire; now, another war threatens to end the last relation he has left. Adding to the tension is the Fire Prince’s mother, Lian Ji (Faith lead lady Kim Hee Sun), an invincible supreme being who causes chaos for fun, and the Fire Tribe’s royal daughter Yan Da (critically-acclaimed actress Zhang Meng), a stubborn girl with a dangerous interest in Yin Kong Shi.
One of the most underrated dramas of 2014, those who gave this hit Chinese drama a chance discovered superb acting, amazing chemistry, and a story that is dramatic, funny, and compelling.
On top of waging wars on behalf of their clients, divorce lawyers Luo Li (Yao Chen) and Chi Hai Dong (Wu Xiu Bo) have major beef when it comes to their personal opinions on love and marriage: despite her profession, Li remains a hopeless romantic, while Hai Dong is the very definition of cynicism. But things get tricky when both colleagues discover they're new neighbors — will they object to their new relationship or will they find a way to settle their differences? So much for unwinding after work!
6. Tiger Mom
A Chinese family drama that focuses on the funny and challenging aspects of marriage and parenthood in modern China, this hit drama will have you nodding your head in agreement and laughing out loud at the totally relatable scenarios.
Luo Qian Qian (Ji Zi Han) may be spoiled, but that all comes to an end when her mother Bi Sheng (Zhao Wei) discovers academic competition is fierce in elementary school. Determined to make up for lost time, Bi Sheng transforms into a fierce "tiger mom" hell bent on excellence at all costs. In contrast, Qian Qian's father Luo Su (Tong Da Wei) believes their daughter's happiness ranks higher than her academic performance. Meanwhile, both sets of grandparents weigh in, while Luo Su's gentle ex resurfaces.
If you're a fan of the Korean remake Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, see where it all began by binge watching the original Chinese drama Scarlet Heart, which won audiences around the world and became an instant classic!
As the result of a bewildering accident, modern girl Zhang Xiao (Cecilia Liu) is sent back in time to the body of a previous incarnation: Maertai Ruo Xi, the teenage daughter of a Qing Dynasty general. While searching for a way to return to the 21st century, Xiao eventually softens up to the perks of court life, including a budding romance with a certain prince.
Have you tried any of these C-dramas and fallen in love? Which will you be adding to your queue? Comment below!