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Top 10 Chinese TV Series Set in Qing Dynasty

It is well-known that China has a long history over 2000 years, which means China once experienced a lists of dynasties. Today, I’ll introduce the top 10 excellent TV series set in Qing Dynasty. Let’s go to see what are they?


  1. Empresses in the Palace 甄嬛传

Empresses in the Palace is a 2011 Chinese television series based on the Internet novel of the same name by Liu Lianzi. Directed by Zheng Xiaolong, it stars Sun Li in the title role of Zhen Huan.

The series had sweeping popularity in mainland China, that Sina termed it as “a whole town tunes in to watch when it airs on TV”. It has been praised for being one of the best historical dramas broadcast in mainland China in recent years. Critics attribute the success of the series to its delicately designed plot, fancy costumes reflecting a certain period of old China, and an addictive storyline. Director Zheng also said that the series is not a “simple ancient or idol love story”, but a righteous historic values that reflects the cruelty of feudal society.


  1. Xiaozhuang Mishi孝庄秘史

Xiaozhuang Mishi, also known as Xiaozhuang Epic, is a 2003 Chinese television series produced by You Xiaogang. The series is the first instalment in a series of four television series about the early Qing dynasty. It was followed by Huang Taizi Mishi (2004), Taizu Mishi (2005) and Secret History of Kangxi (2006), all of which were also produced by You Xiaogang.


  1. Story of Yanxi Palace 延禧攻略

Story of Yanxi Palace is a Chinese period drama series created by Yu Zheng. It is based on the novel of the same title by Zhou Mo. Starring Wu Jinyan, Charmaine Sheh, Qin Lan, Nie Yuan and Xu Kai. Streamed more than 15 billion times and distributed in more than 70 markets worldwide, Story of Yanxi Palace has since become a huge hit, especially in Asia. It has recently been named the world’s most Googled TV show in 2018.

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  1. War and Beauty 金枝欲孽

War and Beauty is a Hong Kong television period drama serial. It currently ties with Drive of Life for the record of having the most TVB Best Actress winners, including Sheren Tang (2009/2010), Maggie Cheung (2003), Charmaine Sheh (2006/2014), and Gigi Lai (2004 – she won the award for her work in this drama). It also stars TVB Best Actor Winner Bowie Lam (2004 – he also won the award for his work in this drama) and Moses Chan (2007).


  1. My Fair Princess 还珠格格

My Fair Princess, also known as Return of the Pearl Princess or Princess Returning Pearl, is a 1998–1999 television costume drama jointly produced by Yi Ren Communications Co. in Taiwan and Hunan Broadcasting System in Mainland China. Written by creator Chiung Yao, the Cinderella-like story is set in 18th-century Qing dynasty during the Qianlong Emperor’s reign.

A massive international hit in East Asia and Southeast Asia, the drama is considered the most commercially successful Chinese-language series in history.


  1. Scarlet Heart 步步惊心

Scarlet Heart is a 2011 Chinese television series based on the novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua. A pioneer of the time slip genre in Asian television, Scarlet Heart was a commercial and critical hit, both in China and across Asia.


  1. Palace 宫锁心玉

Palace is a 2011 Chinese television series produced by Yu Zheng; starring Yang Mi, Feng Shaofeng, Mickey He and Tong Liya. The series was directed by Lee Wai-chu and starred cast members from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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The series was extremely popular during its run and led to widespread fame for its cast.[1]


  1. Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 如懿传

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace is a 2018 Chinese television series that chronicles the marriage of Qianlong Emperor and Hoifa-Nara, the Step Empress. Starring Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo, the series is based on novel Hou Gong Ru Yi Zhuan by Liu Lianzi, and is the sequel to the critically acclaimed drama Empresses in the Palace. The series eventually won acclaim for its exquisite props, lavish sets and stellar cast and has a score of 7.4 points on Douban.


  1. The Young Son of Heaven 少年天子

The Young Son of Heaven is a historical TV series adapted from Ling Li’s novel of the same name. It is directed and written by Liu Heng and starred by Deng Chao, Pan Hong, Hao Lei, etc.

In May 2004, Liu Heng won the “Excellent Film Crew Award” of the Chinese TV & Broadcasting Academy.


  1. Da Qing Hou Gong (Dai Ching Hau Gong) 大清后宫

Da Qing Hou Gong, also known as: Da Qing Hou Gong Zhi Huan Jun Ming Zhu) / Concubines of Qing Emperor. It was called as the “Mainland version of War and Beauty ” and the “Mainland version of Dae Jang Geum “. This is a story about a life and death stuggle of the imperial consorts in Qing Dynasty.


After reading this article, do you have interested in this kind of TV series with unique characteristics? Do you want to know more about the information of various Chinese dynasties. Please let me know by leaving your comments below.

Updated: April 28, 2019 — 1:48 PM

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