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The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

Updated on May 6, 2019
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Diana is a huge fan of Chinese culture. Chinese dramas are some of her favorite series to watch.

Do you like Chinese drama romances? If so, you stumbled upon the right page! Continue reading and you will find your next romance drama addiction. This list of the top 11 most romantic Chinese dramas includes some of the best, most loved, captivating and heart-wrenching C-dramas!

The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

  1. All Out of Love
  2. Granting You a Dreamlike Life
  3. Here to Heart
  4. The Interpreter
  5. Memories of Love
  6. Nice To Meet You
  7. The First Half of My Life
  8. Our Glamorous Time
  9. The Starry Night, The Starry Sea
  10. Unexpected
  11. Delicious Destiny

11. Delicious Destiny

Delicious Destiny | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
Delicious Destiny | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

Delicious Destiny centers on two passionate young people whose romance starts off on the wrong foot (at least you might think so). Both quarrel a lot at first, as they are passionate about gourmet food – he is a famous chef of Western cuisine and she is the director of a culinary show who has an amazing sense of taste. However, they are drawn to each other soon – strong feelings expressed in an aggressive and let’s say, passionate way, turn to mutual attraction. Add to this some love triangles and twists and you have a nice romantic drama to watch! Jealousy, one-sided crushes, a lot of passion and quarrels – if all these things attract your attention, don’t waste your time and give it a shot!

10. Unexpected

Unexpected | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
Unexpected | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

The story of this Chinese drama follows a manga artist who somehow time travels, gets pulled – call it however you want, into his own manga! He is stuck inside his own creation with a mission to save the evil second female lead, to save her from herself. It may seem ridiculous, but in order to turn to a real world, he must fill in his own plot holes! How crazy is that? Obviously, a funny love story follows.

If you are intrigued by the storyline of a writer getting stuck in his writings, then you should go and watch it! The story is well-planned with details and will have you interested throughout the series. Moreover, if you have already watched a Korean drama W (also known as W - Two Worlds), you also might be interested in watching this one, as it has a very similar storyline! However, Unexpected is lighter than W, it isn’t too melodramatic.

9. The Starry Night, The Starry Sea

The Starry Night, The Starry Sea | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
The Starry Night, The Starry Sea | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

The Starry Night, The Starry Sea tells the story of Shen Luo, an ordinary girl who moves from the big city to a quiet island, a cottage where she lived in her childhood. That’s where she crosses paths with a mysterious man. Actually, he turns out to be a mermaid prince, a mystical creature from legends. With his magical powers and intelligence, the man helps Shen Luo overcome any obstacles she faces and day gradually fall in love with each other. However, the magical pearl this man had lost more than a century ago is inside Shen Luo’s body! He desperately needs it, as it’s the only way to prolong his life.

This Chinese fantasy drama is an exciting one to see for every lover of this genre! Although the storyline is by no means unique, it’s quite interesting and intriguing! The main couple is so adorable that you can’t help but be invested in them!

8. Our Glamorous Time

Our Glamorous Time | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
Our Glamorous Time | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

This C-drama revolves around the romantic story of two young people: a white-collar worker Lin Qian and a military officer in the past Li Zhicheng. Lin Qian is smart and extremely enthusiastic but hasn’t yet been successful. One day, she ends up working for Li, helping him save his family’s company from a verge of bankruptcy. A former military officer is literally forced to return to his family’s company, working there as the CEO! Watch the drama and enjoy the romance! If you have already watched Side By Side With You and you liked it, you will like Our Glamorous Time too, as it has similarities in many moments. However, this series isn’t that intense.

7. The First Half of My Life

The First Half of My Life | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
The First Half of My Life | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

The First Half of My Life is an adaptation of Yi Shu’s novel of the same name. The drama follows thirty-seven-year-old Zi Jun, a devoted housewife who thinks she leaves she is happy and her life is peaceful. However, she is unaware of the existing problems in her marriage. That’s why she is taken aback so when her husband suddenly files for divorce. Her once happy life falls apart around her. In such a difficult period in her life, she turns to her best friend and her boyfriend for their support and advice. With their help, she manages to get back to work and live her best life again. However, what happens if add to this a love triangle?

This drama is one of those that doesn’t only entertain you but also gives you intellectual nourishment. It is a mature romance drama and it raises serious issues such as divorce, single parenthood, family problems, and many others. It’s all about those hard-to-talk issues. So, if you think you are looking for a drama like that, definitely give it a try!

6. Nice To Meet You

Nice To Meet You | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
Nice To Meet You | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

Nice To Meet You tells the story of Gao Jie, a girl who has always wanted to become a jewelry designer. She believes in herself, so she flies to South America to find work at a mining company there. She doesn’t know yet it will become the beginning of her romance story. She falls for Yu Zhi, the successor of a jewelry company. Due to tremendous competition from Western jewelers, the company hasn’t been that prominent over the last years. To make the company successful again, Yu Zhi decides to focus on Western designs while Gao Jie prefers traditional Chinese jewelry and wants to create a fusion of Eastern and Western cultures. What this romance encounter will lead to? There’s never a dull moment when watching this Chinese series! If you are a sucker for romance, it’s definitely your cup of tea!

5. Memories of Love

Memories of Love | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
Memories of Love | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

Based on the novel All Along the Way, Blooming Flowers Shall See Us Off by Qing Shan Luo Tuo, the drama tells the love story of a couple who try to rekindle their love after ten years of separation. Lu Fei falls for Xin Chen when he was 18. He was a Prince Charming determined to pursue his career and she was a rebellious high school student. Despite being so different, they are instantly drawn to each other. However, they separate, and only ten years later they get the chance to see one another again. What such a long period of time can do to a woman’s heart?

Memories of Love will not get you confused: it moves from the past to the present, so you can see how characters have changed over the years. It’s moving, beautiful, emotional and inspiring. It is definitely recommended for every fan of the romance genre!

4. The Interpreter

The Interpreter | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
The Interpreter | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

Adapted from the novel Translator by Miao Juan, the series follows Qiao Fei, a student majoring in French studies, who has dreamed of becoming a translator ever since she can remember herself. The girl has to work a part-time job to support herself. One day, she gets into trouble with one of her clients at the restaurant and ends up in the police station together with him. Later, she finds out that the client is a famous professional French translator. Moreover, he is one of her examiners at the Institute for Translation where she badly wants to get a job! Their romance starts on the wrong foot and many other problems arise later. It seems there’s some string of fate that connects main characters together within the interpreting environment. You can’t miss this gem!

3. Here to Heart

Here to Heart | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
Here to Heart | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

Based on the novel The Warm Chord by An Ning, Here to Heart tells the story about eternal love. A decade has passed but Wen Nuan and Zhan Nan Xian cannot heal their injuries after a cruel breakup. Although each of them has found a new companion, none of them is truly happy. In fact, their hearts are still lonely. Ten years ago Wen Nuan disappeared with no reason, with no word. So is Nan Xian seeking revenge? Wen Nuan quits her high-paying job in England to come back to China with the aim to work in Nan Xian’s high-tech company. How crazy is that?

This Chinese romantic drama will make you experience different emotions: you will be crying, happy at times when things work out, angry when everything goes wrong and frustrated when you know everything could be solved with one long conversation but for some reason, it seems like an endless issue! Moreover, you can’t help but root for the lead female all the way to the end. You can’t miss this series if you like emotional roller-coasters!

2. Granting You a Dreamlike Life

Granting You a Dreamlike Life | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
Granting You a Dreamlike Life | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

Adapted from the novel with the same title by Juzi Chen, Granting You a Dreamlike Life tells a beautiful love story transcending three lifetimes. The romantic series follows a woman who is willing to reveal her past and stumbles upon an unexpected story. Although Lin Jing was born and raised in France, she travels to Shanghai in order to learn more about her heritage. What she doesn’t expect to see by no means is an old family diary of a woman who lived in the 1930s there. The strange book found in her family home reveals a love story between a popular actress and the son of a tried leader. Lin Jing will discover her own history through this story as well!

The series starts off in present days and then switches to long flashbacks after which we get back to present times. This Chinese melodrama is great for all lovers of the romance genre! It’s a standard storyline with the female main character loves the other guy and can’t stand the main male lead. Do you see? It’s a perfect melodrama with quite an interesting setting!

1. All Out of Love

All Out of Love | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas
All Out of Love | The Top 11 Most Romantic Chinese Dramas

Based on Le Xiaomi's novel Liang Sheng, Can We Not Be Sad, the series revolves around a brother and sister not related by blood. Liang Sheng and Jiang Sheng are always together, helping and supporting each other. They had a difficult childhood but they had each other to rely on. Over time, they feel their feelings for one another grow into something more, they try to suppress them however hard it may seem to them. Even though they are step-siblings, hence, not blood-related, both of them feel it’s wrong. Moreover, some events happen that make the situation even worse – Lian Sheng disappears after getting in a car accident.

All Out of Love is a great romance drama with love triangles, plot twists and emotional roller-coasters that will make your heart beating faster! However, it’s not only about romantic love. It’s more even about family love – about blood relations, also about families we make – relations not connected by blood. And about the importance of all these kinds of relations!

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