How to immerse yourself into Chinese culture through 3 historical dramas!

Most of you might wonder what a drama is. It’s simply a Chinese TV show. According to me, the best video platforms are Iqiyi, Tencent video, Youku because of their content. They also have a YouTube account that allows you to follow their most recent release even if you are oversea.

Here, 3 historical dramas that allow you to understand Chinese culture:

Rise of the Phoenixes

The show is about the friendship between Ning Yi an unfavoured prince and Feng Zhi Wei the niece of an official with a mysterious past who cross-dress as a man. This drama is a chess game between the emperor, princes, and supporters of the previous dynasty for the throne.

It’s a Netflix drama from 2018, it has 70 episodes.  Even though the show was a success for Netflix, it was a flop in China due to the ancient Chinese language used and its slow pace.

PS: I loved it and highly recommend it! It’s my favorite Chinese drama! 


Story of Yanxi Palace

The story is about Wei Ying Luo, a bold and fearless girl who finds her way into the Forbidden City to investigate the death of her older sister who was a maid. While investigating her sister’s murder, she gets entangled in the palace conspiracy and inner fight between the concubines for the love of the emperor.

The drama was the most popular drama of 2018. If you want to watch it, it’s available on YouTube and VIKI Rakuten and it has 70 episodes.

PS: I enjoyed this one, the female lead was ahead of her time!! 



Royal Nirvana

The plot revolves around the crown prince Xiao Ding Quan yearning for the love of his father while facing numerous enemies. Such as his brother who is ready to conspire against him for the throne or his lover who seeks vengeance after he killed her father!

If you are right now in Shanghai, you may have seen the teaser in the subway. The show is currently airing. It has 60 episodes and it’s available on YouTube.

PS: Only 7 episodes are out but the plot and actors are quite good!


These dramas are highly entertaining but they teach you about Chinese culture, Confucianism and values such as filial piety, which is the respect of the elders of your family and your ancestors. A value that is recurrent in these 3 TV shows.

Are you ready to spend 200 hours immersing yourself in Chinese historical dramas?


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  1. Erwan Chatelet November 20, 2019 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Great article ! I’ll follow your recommendation and watch Rises of the Phoenixes. Available on Netflix is great

  2. Capucine Vacchiani-Marcuzzo November 20, 2019 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Can’t wait to watch it !

  3. cecile.bayle November 20, 2019 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Wahhh, thanks for the advice !

  4. clara.libertcoubard November 20, 2019 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Thank you for your recommendations, very interesting !

  5. Nolwenn Heimen November 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    I was waiting for some dramas advice! Thank you

  6. Justine Isidore November 20, 2019 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Great, I will watch them for sure !

  7. Marina November 20, 2019 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Loved it! Makes me want to start a drama right now. Thank you!

  8. Clémence Moreau-Pascal November 20, 2019 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the advice ! You make me quite curious about “Story of Yanxi Palace”, have to watch it asap !

  9. Anaelle Soret November 20, 2019 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Thank your for your recommandation ! You make me curious to know more about dramas ! Great article !

  10. Tracy November 20, 2019 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Great article and we have already known you as an artist. God bless you

  11. Sarah November 25, 2019 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you, now I know what I’m going to do this weekend ! I never watched a Chinese drama only Korean and Japanese ones

  12. Elosandra Gomes December 4, 2019 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Great selection! The ads of Royal Nirvana in the subway are so well done, makes me want to watch it.

  13. Thibault Paturel December 7, 2019 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    I might watch Rise of the Phonexies , it sounds cool ! Thanks for the selection

  14. Allan Grosdemange December 13, 2019 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Thank you for your recommendations, I will have a look at them.

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