2017 Chinese Drama Recommendations

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The Starry Night The Starry Sea

The Starry Night The Starry Sea

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: The Starry Night The Starry Sea / Na Pian Xing Kong Na Pian Hai / 那片星空那片海
Episodes and Genre: 32, Fantasy Romance
Broadcast Period: Feb 6, 2017 Hunan TV
Starring:
Feng Shao Feng as Wu Ju Lan
Bea Hayden as Shen Luo

Synopsis:
Wu Ju Lan is a merman who only has three months left to live unless he is able to retrieve the dragon pearl that was stolen from him 150 years ago. Determined to get it back, he travels to a small town where he meets and falls in love with a young woman named Shen Luo. Available with english subs on Viki.

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Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

Three Lives Three Worlds

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms / Eternal Love / San Sheng San Shi Shi Li Tao Hua / 三生三世十里桃花
Episodes and Genre: 50, Fantasy Romance
Broadcast Period: Jan 30, 2017 Dragon TV and Zhejiang TV
Starring:
Yang Mi as Bai Qian / Su Su / Si Yin
Mark Chao as Ye Hua / Mo Yuan / Liu Ying 
Ken Zhang as Zhe Yan 
Dilraba Dilmura as Bai Feng Jiu 
Vengo Gao Weiguang as Dong Hua 
Zhang Bin Bin as Chi Jing 
Yu Meng Long as Bai Zhen 

Synopsis:
A romantic fantasy tale following Bai Qian a beautiful goddess who jumps to her death after she is tricked into believing that Ye Hua, her lover has betrayed her. Hundreds of years later, the two meet again however Bai Qian’s no longer remembers Ye Hua. Although many years have passed, Ye Hua recognizes Bai Qian and is longing to rekindle their romance. Available with english subs on Dramafever.

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The Glory of Tang Dynasty

Jing Tian The Glory of Tang Dynasty

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?

Title: The Glory of Tang Dynasty / Da Tang Rong Yao / 大唐荣耀
Episodes and Genre: 60, Historical, Palace Politics
Broadcast Period: Jan 29, 2017 Beijing TV and Anhui TV
Starring:
Jing Tian as Shen Zhen Zhu
Ren Jia Lun as Li Chu
Wan Qian as Dugu Jingyao
Shu Chang as Murong Lin Zhi
Qin Jun Jie as Li Tan
Mao Zi Jun as An Qing Xu

Synopsis:
An epic historical drama about a woman who rises above the odds to earn her place in the palace.

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Legend of the Condor Heroes

Legend of the Condor Heroes

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?

Title: Legend of the Condor Heroes / She Diao Ying Xiong Zhuan / 射雕英雄传
Episodes and Genre: 56, Wuxia
Broadcast Period: Jan 9, 2017 Dragon TV and iQiYi
Starring:
Yang Xu Wen as Guo Jing 

Li Yi Tong as Huang Rong

Synopsis:
Guo Jing and Yang Kang are the descendants of honorable men and destined to become brothers yet a tragedy forces them to lead disparate lives. Guo Jing grows up to be honest kind-hearted yet dim-witted while Yang Kang is cunning and power hungry. 

Due to a chance encounter, Guo Jing meets the clever and mischievous Huang Rong, thus beginning his journey to become a martial arts hero. 

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Love & Life & Lie

Love & Life & Lie Chen Xiao Zhou Dongyu

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Love & Life & Lie / Yu Jian Ai Qing De Li Xian Sheng / 遇见爱情的利先生
Episodes and Genre: 38, Romance
Broadcast Period: Jan 4, 2017 Zhejiang TV 
Starring:
Chen Xiao as Li Yao Nan
Zhou Dongyu as Liu Xin Tong

Synopsis:
A young girl becomes part of a wealthy family and gets thrown in a complicated romance full lies and deception. 

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Magic Star

Wu Lei in Magic Star

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Magic Star / Qi Xing Ji / 奇星记之鲜衣怒马少年时
Episodes and Genre: 51, Fantasy Adventure
Broadcast Period: Jan 3, 2017 Youku
Starring:
Wu Lei as Zhan Xiong Fei
Chen Xiang as Bai Ze
Zhang Yu Xi as Ah Ji Ya
Zheng He Hui Zi as Zi Su
Deng Shao Wen as Yuan Shuai

Synopsis:
It is said that at the cusp of troubled times, magic stars will fall from the sky to allow humanity the chance to restore order. Bai Ze is tasked by the emperor to find said stones and he ends up meeting troublemakers Zhan Xiong Fei and Yuan Shuai, thus forming an inseparable friendship along the way as they embark on an adventure together with Zi Su and Ah Ji Ya. 

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General and I

General and I

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: General and I / Gu Fang Bu Zi Shang / 孤芳不自赏
Episodes and Genre: 50, Romance, Historical
Broadcast Period: Jan 2, 2017 Hunan TV
Starring:
Wallace Chung as Chu Bei Jie

Angelababy as Bai Pin Ting
Sean Sun Yizhou as He Xia
Gan Ting Ting as Princess Yao Tian

Synopsis:
The four nations Jin, Yan, Liang and Qin are in a state of relentless war. Chu Bei Jie, the king of Jin's brother, is a courageous warrior who leads his country into a position of power against the other kingdoms. 

During a fight between Jin and Yan, Jing An Wang and his family fall to a conspiracy leaving He Xia and Bai Pin Ting to fend for themselves. Chu Bei Jie rescues Bai Pin Ting by chance and it ignites the beginning of a complicated romance.

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Pretty Li Hui Zhen

Pretty Li Hui Zhen

Is it a must-watch, pretty good, just another drama, tolerable or downright boring?


Title: Pretty Li Hui Zhen / Piao Liang De Li Hui Zhen / 漂亮的李慧珍
Episodes and Genre: 40, Romantic Comedy
Broadcast Period: Jan 2, 2017 Hunan TV
Starring:
Dilraba Dilmurat as Li Hui Zhen

Sheng Yi Lun as Bai Hao Yu
Zhang Bin Bin as Lin Yi Mu
Li Xi Rui as Xia Qiao

Synopsis:
The Chinese remake of She Was Pretty tells the story of Li Hui Zhen, a kind and charming young girl who befriends Bai Hao Yu, the chubby kid next door often bullied for his appearance. After years apart, the two meet again but Hui Zhen has lost her beauty and confidence while Bai Hao Yu has returned as a handsome and successful editor of a publishing company. 

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3 comments:

  1. Do you have any recommendations for modern Chinese/Taiwanese dramas that were released recently (e.g. the past 5 years)? Whenever I look up "Chinese drama recommendations", there's always at least one or two wuxia dramas, and I find those super difficult to get into. Maybe something short too, like less than 30 episodes - ideally <25 episodes, lol!

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    1. hi wendy.. not sure if i understood but were u looking for non wuxia? If yes, I have a list for that too. I kinda live for historical ones though so I don't actually have that many modern ones to recommend but absolutely loved Just One Smile is Very Alluring, When A Snail Falls in Love is pretty good too--- u must try watching:) http://www.dramapanda.com/2016/08/2015-2016-popular-c-dramas.html

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    2. okay i just read your post again u pretty much specified that u wanted modern dramas. I missed that part initially haha anyways, try those two, they're pushing your episode limit but 30 is still good, right?

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