Diana is a huge fan of Chinese culture. Chinese dramas are some of her favorite series to watch.
If you are are in the mood to watch some Chinese romantic dramas, this list is for you! Here you will find some of the most popular heartwarming, lighthearted series about love, friendships, family hardships, and school struggles. Most of them are set in universities, schools, or colleges. However, there are also those telling about adolescence. Don’t forget to watch trailers here and vote in the poll for the one you like the most!
Top 9 Chinese Youth Romantic Dramas
- When We Were Young
- Rush to the Dead Summer
- While We’re Still Young
- With You
- The Brightest Star In the Sky
- Waiting for You in a Long Time
- One and a Half Summer
- Demon Master
- Where the Lost Ones Go
9. Where the Lost Ones Go
Where the Lost Ones Go is a youthful Chinese drama that immerses you into the story of the first love between two young art students. A major in Chinese art and a major in oil painting meet and fall in love while studying in college. Unfortunately, time passes, and one of them leaves without any explanation. It’s heart-broking, it tears their hearts apart. However, years later, the one who left decides to come back with the confession of everything that has happened.
This drama is not your typical youthful romance: it´s more like a realistic slice of life but not too heavy. The storyline may seem to be cliché at first sight, but it's beautifully executed. You will enjoy it!
8. Demon Master
Demon Master tells us the story of Han Qi Lu and An Chu Xia who are getting engaged. Unfortunately, an accident happens that causes the memory loss of Qi Lu due to which he can’t recognize his fiancée. It’s the third season of Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me. However, there’s no need to watch the prequels to dive into this one, as it has a completely different cast and storyline!
If you are searching for a cute youthful rom-com with an adorable cast that will keep you rooting for the characters throughout the whole drama, give it a shot! The drama doesn’t take itself seriously, so if you are into fluffy comedies, you will enjoy it!
7. One and a Half Summer
Here’s another Chinese youth drama for you! This one will immerse you in campus life! One and a Half Summer revolves around a Chinese American who decides to go on vacation to Greece to escape an arranged marriage. There, he falls for a beautiful girl who, eventually, disappears. So, the protagonist travels to China to study at the university where that mysterious girl studies.
If you like lighthearted and fluffy dramas, university or school-based dramas, and love triangles, you should give it a try! Expect many funny and romantic stories of young students set in a beautiful collage!
6. Waiting for You In The Future
Waiting for You In The Future tells a story of a single middle-aged man, a high school teacher, traveling to the past to become a teacher to his classmates. Flipping through his 20-year-old diary, he starts recalling memories from that period of his life. That’s when he falls asleep and dives into the adventure. Don’t miss this Chinese drama if you are into this kind of story!
5. The Brightest Star In the Sky
The Brightest Star in the Sky is about Huang Zitao, a rambunctious C-Pop star, an idol who has been famous since his teenage years. He is stubborn and persistent as much as Yang Zhen, a new manager who just starts her career. Despite the countless obstacles that she faces, she doesn’t want to give up her music dreams. However, this youthful drama also has some interesting side stories about the relationships with his siblings and rich father.
If you are a rom-com/music lover, you definitely should check this out! Just dive into the story and enjoy the classic and compelling storyline where an arrogant male and his female assistant form a perfect match (or let’s say almost perfect).
4. With You
With You is based on Ba Yue Chang An's novel of the same title which tells you a good high school kind of story. This Chinese drama is a slice-of-life story following Geng Geng who enters a new prestigious high school but feels like she isn’t good enough to be there. And like that wasn’t enough, the girl faces various problems in her family. It happens so that she sits next to the top student Yu Huai (with whom they will form a strong friendship later). The story tells us how she lives through the high school years up till graduation. Suddenly right after that, Yu Huai, her best friend, the boy she likes so much, disappears. However, she meets him again sometime later. Will she confess her unforgettable love or will she choose the one who pursued her all these years?
So, if you are into this genre (well, of course, you are! You wouldn’t be reading this article otherwise!), don’t hesitate and watch this feel-good youthful drama about school struggles, family troubles, and relatable relationships and friendships!
3. While We’re Still Young
While We’re Still Young (or as it’s also often called, In Youth) centers on the story of a kind and righteous girl and her boss, an extremely difficult person to deal with. He is a hidden rich heir who makes the girl tremble with fear every single day. What’s even worse, the girl isn’t aware of the secrets that have been leaked since she started working there. The boss is suspicious of her. So what’s the truth behind his personality and behind everything that happens? And what about the relationship between the boss and his new employee?
If you want to kill some time watching a youthful Chinese series, give it a try! If you are not a big fan of business things and are looking for a fluffy romantic story, you will need to skip some parts. Also, if you don’t like love triangles very much, there’re some good news for you: There’s none of them, just a bad guy who does not so good things.
2. Rush to the Dead Summer
Rush to the Dead Summer is a youthful drama that spans over ten years and tells about the friendship of ten friends in school. However, each of them goes their separate way after graduation. Someone becomes an artist, someone an idol, and someone an assistant. It seems that everyone’s good and is fighting for what they want. However, no one has mentioned some adversities: someone’s been departed, someone was imprisoned, and someone was betrayed. If you are searching for a long watch, a youthful Chinese drama set in a school, this one is for you.
1. When We Were Young
While We Were Young is a nostalgic story for those who love dramas set in other eras of history like in the 1990s. Generally, it revolves around a high school in that period. The story starts with Yang Xi chasing down a bike thief and getting injured because of it. Later, she realizes that the thief has transferred to her class. The culprit appears to be a talented genius in the science department. Now he must prove that he is decent enough to be accepted by his new classmates.
If you like the 1990’s vibe, or if you have already watched and liked similar dramas like Reply or A Love So Beautiful, don’t hesitate and dive into the series! It’s a heartwarming and lighthearted Chinese drama about not only romance but all the joys and pains of youth. It’s one of the best Chinese school dramas out there that everybody can relate to.