Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Princess Weiyoung shares many similarities with the Story of Yanxi Palace, and perhaps a similar target audience too. If you have watched and loved Sun Li’s performance in Empresses of the Palace, it’s worth to check out the Legend of Mi Yue. She remains loyal and honest to the reigning Emperor during the princes’ fight for the throne, yet soon finds out she is the only surviving royalty of a fallen kingdom. That’s just how much of a masterpiece this drama is, that it has become the ideal model for all political-historical dramas. Yet, Yun Xian is determined to learn medicine and so she does in secrecy, except things become difficult when her paths cross with the Emperor himself. Personally I prefer Empresses in the Palace to Story of Yanxi Palace, from the plot, characters to the acting. The drama is available on Netflix (shortened version) and Viki (depending on your region). Even the focus of this post is on the recent dramas, I thought it would be a good idea to also include the must-watch classic Chinese palace dramas too. What’s your favourite other than the big three (i.e Zhen Huan, Yanxi, and Ruyi)? (DramaWiki). Starring the queen of Chinese historical dramas – Cecilia Liu – the Imperial Doctress is a unique palace drama to add on your watch list. Copyright notice: 2019. These dramas air in Hong Kong every Monday to Sunday from 8:00pm to 8:30pm on Jade. So you probably already watched at least one of the top 3 Chinese Palace Dramas (i.e the Legend of Zhen Huan, the Legend of Yanxi Palace, Ruyi’s Royal Love Story). The Rise of the Phoenixes is another really great palace drama. I chose them because they have high production quality, very good review, as well as subtle and reasonable strategies/schemes (unlike Story of Yanxi Palace or Princess Weiyoung, which are more entertaining and dramatic rather than strategic). Available on: YoutubeRating: 7.6 (299 votes) on MyDramaListSynopsis: A prophecy foretold that victory goes to the one who has the priestess’ blessing. In order to survive, she assumed the identity of Li Wei Young, the daughter of the Prime Minister. If you’re managing your watch list using Pinterest, here is the link to my Pinterest board that includes all the dramas on this list so you can repin to your list. I need you every minute (分分鐘需要你) by Joey Thye,, Short description with empty Wikidata description, Articles with Chinese-language sources (zh), Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Most Popular On-Screen Couple or Partnership. (Source: MyDramaList). For an extended review of this drama, check out Cnewsdevotee’s review. Also, check out 2019’s Best New Chinese Dramas. The Story of Minglan – more romance than TROP, less about nation’s politics, more about family and social but still lots of subtle strategies to survive 3. Below is the list best Chinese Palace Dramas in recent years that should be on your watch list! This is a list of television serial dramas released by TVB in 2020, including highest-rated television dramas and award ceremonies. Available on: Netflix, Youtube, VikiRating: 8.5 (3439 votes) on Mydramalist, 7.4 (220 votes) on IMDbSynopsis: Feng Xin Er is the last princess of a tributary state. I like the Rise of Phoenixes and War & Beauty the best I think. Nirvana in Fire has some of the most awesome female characters and is also featured in my list of Chinese historical dramas with kickass female characters. After a series of tragedies, she journeyed across the lands in search of ways to lift the curse that blighted her life. 1. Starting on 04 Jan 2020, these dramas air in Hong Kong every daily from 8:00pm to 8:30pm on Jade. Already watched the dramas in this list? Starring the queen of Chinese historical dramas – Cecilia Liu – the Imperial Doctress is a unique palace drama to add on your watch list. (Source: Wikipedia). Other than Zhen Huan (played by Sun Li), I was also very impressed with the character Consort Hua. Chinese historical dramas with strong female characters, list of Chinese historical dramas with kickass female characters, 2019’s Best New Chinese Dramas You Must Watch, Chinese historical dramas with Strong Female Lead Characters. Zhi Wei cross-dresses as a man to attend the prestigious Qingming Academy and stuns the world with her talent and knowledge. 4. Can she protect him when it’s family who wants him dead? 2. This drama is adapted from the very famous internet novel the Eastern Palace. As far as I know, War and Beauty is the drama the created the trend of harem palace dramas set in the Qing Dynasty way back in 2004. The drama details her turbulent life, as Mi Yue becomes a concubine, gets separated her from first love Huang Xie, is banished, and eventually rises to power as the first Empress Dowager in China’s history. Our heroine’s a very capable medical practitioner! Both were banished, separated from their love, and eventually became the Empress Dowager. Even though the popular perception of Chinese palace dramas is usually about concubines scheming against each other in the Qing dynasty, the genre is much more diverse than that. Available on: Viki (region restricted), Youtube, Netflix (region restricted)Rating: 7.9 (969 votes) on MyDramaList, 7.8 (81 votes) on IMDbSynopsis: Set in the Ming Dynasty under the rule of Emperor Yingzong, Tan Yun Xian comes from a long line of medical practitioners, her family having served as court physicians for several generations. Sandy Shaw, Law Chun-ngok (producers); Ma Chun-ying, Lee Yi-wah, Yuen Bo-wai (writers); Fang Fang, Yu Haiyan (executive producer); Zhang Huabiao (writer); Wei Hantao (director); Andy Chan (producer); Lam Lai-mei (writer); Crossroads (十字路口) & Mortals don't know about love (凡人不懂愛) by. As his standing among his people grows, so does the murderous jealousy in Crown prince’s heart. I loved the undercover aspect and how strategic the main character was. I absolutely love the ending and strongly recommend to watch it, even if it means you have to skip the middle. The trailer gives off a TROP vibe. Like many other palace dramas, keep your expectation in check when it comes to romance. Available on: NetflixRating: 8.5 (759 votes) on MyDramaList, 8.1 (17 votes) on IMDbSynopsis: Feng Zhi Wei is the unfavored illegitimate daughter of the Qiu Family, who is then banished from the clan after being falsely accused of a crime. The recorded ratings include premiere week, final week, finale episode, and the average overall count of live Hong Kong viewers (in millions). China has a very long and rich history, which provides plenty of materials for great palace dramas. Due to her straightforward and liberal personality, she became friends with many princes, including the future Emperor, Yinzhen. Check out this post if you’re interested in the Ming’s history and Emperor Yingzong (Wallace Huo). It has literally all the essential elements of a great palace drama, complex schemes, multi-dimensional characters, great acting, and a poetic atmosphere. The Advisor’s Alliance – similar in terms of strategy, but heavier? The drama features the all-star cast including Charmain Sheh (also in Yanxi), Gigi Lai and Sheren Tang. It tells the tale of how Zhen Huan, a lowly Han concubine rose through the ranks to become the mighty Manchurian Empress Dowager.