5 Romance C-Dramas To Warm Your Heart

Second chances, fateful encounters, and more

Craving stories centred on youth and romance? We’ve rounded up the hottest Chinese romance dramas available via the streaming platform iQIYI. Check out a mix of upcoming releases worth watching as well as an ongoing favourite that is now available in Singapore.

Chinese romance dramas on iQIYI

Get ready for captivating stories like ‘The White Olive Tree’. (Photo from: iQIYI Singapore)

Chinese dramas on iQIYI Singapore

1. Northward starring Bai Lu

If you love dramas with a healthy dose of friendships, growth, and nostalgia, keep an eye out for the C-drama Northward. The story kicks off in the early 2000s and revolves around kids who grew up together in a place called Flower Street by the Grand Canal. Will their bond endure even after they move away from their hometown and face the harsh realities of life? 

The series is adapted from the novel of the same name — which won the 10th Mao Dun Literature Award in 2019  — by Xu Zechen.

Look forward to Bai Lu’s (The Story of Kunning Palace) performance as Xia Fenghua, Ou Hao as Xie Wanghe, Zhai Zi Lu as Shao Xing Chi, Gao Zhi Ting as Zhou Hai Kuo (A Love So Beautiful), and Vanda Margraf (Ip Man 4) as Ma Si Yi.

The drama will reportedly be released in August 2024, so stay tuned for more details. Stream Northward here soon.

2. The White Olive Tree starring Chen Zheyuan

If you’re interested in dramas that harmoniously blend romance with heavier themes such as politics and war, check out The White Olive Tree. The drama is also an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jiu Yuexi. Based on the trailer, it seems to have a similar vibe to Fireworks of My Heart which highlights bravery and hope for second-chance romances. 

It tells the story of a female reporter named Song Ran (Liang Jie) who goes on a mission in the turbulent East Country. She encounters a dangerous situation and gets rescued by Li Zan (Chen Zheyuan), a Chinese explosive engineer. After several interactions, a budding romance ensues. However, after a cruel turn of events, they lose contact with each other. We can’t wait to see how their relationship will pan out once their paths cross again.

Stream The White Olive Tree here soon.

3. The Best Thing starring Zhang Linghe

If you enjoy lighthearted, healing C-dramas, get ready to tune into The Best Thing. It tells the story of a workaholic hotel room manager named Shen Xi Fan (Xu Ruo Han) who meets a gentle Chinese medicine doctor named He Su Ye (Zhang Ling He). They start out with a simple doctor-patient relationship until they find out that they live in the same community. Their fondness for each other grows, however, both are cautious because of their failed first loves. We’re ready to see how they will overcome this obstacle and fall in love.

Stay tuned for more details about the release date of The Best Thing.

4. Men in Love starring Hu Yitian

If complicated stories revolving around love and career are your cup of tea, add Men in Love to your watchlist. It tells the story of four guys who grew up together. In their adult years, each one faces his own set of troubles. Will their bond stay strong despite the tests that come their way? 

Get ready to see the intriguing dynamic between the diligent magazine editor-in-chief Ye Han portrayed by Hu Yitian (A Love So Beautiful) and the clumsy physical education teacher Li Xiaoxiao played by Liang Jie. 

Stream Episodes 1 to 32 of the 40-episode series here. New episodes are released everyday.

5. Love Song in Winter starring Johny Huang

If you think suspense and romance are a match made in C-drama heaven, get ready for Love Song in Winter. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Ning Long, it tells the story of the reunited lovers, namely, detective Jiang Chengyi (Johnny Huang) and anesthesiologist Lu Yan (Sun Qian). Eight years after breaking up, their paths cross once more, and they have to unravel their misunderstandings to solve a serial murder case. 

Stream Love Song in Winter here soon.

(Cover photos from: iQIYI Singapore)

If you’re a fan of both K-dramas and C-dramas, check out what we know about the Korean remake of Go Ahead.

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