Over the years, I have seen many Wuxia and Ancient Chinese Series. So far, the most outstanding ones are listed below that are English Subbed. These are what I think have the best story, characters, values, development and action. Please do check out these series listed below as they are some of my favorites. Links are available to watch online or download.
Xuan Yuan Sword 3 Legend-Rift of the Sky
Genre: Fantasy, RPG Style Game, Adventure, Action, Comedy
This centers around two descendants, Yuwen Tuo and Chen Jing Chou, and their plans to recover the Northern Zhou and Chen Dynasties, their respective heritages, by finding several mystical and powerful artifacts. These artifacts also help in closing up the doorway that demons use to enter and wreak havoc in the mortal world. An unlikely friendship forms, yet they are fated to be enemies. Chen Jing Chou’s adventures lead him to befriend a lot of different people, such as Yu Xiao Xue and Tuoba Yu’er, while Yuwen Tuo meets Dugu Ningke, a supposedly spoiled princess with a mysterious heritage. Their adventures are filled with misunderstandings and emotional entanglements. In the end, will they sacrifice their personal loves for the greater good, and seal up the rift in time?
Chinese Paladin 3
Genre: Fantasy, RPG Style Game, Adventure, Action, Comedy
Jing Tian is a mischievous pawnshop assistant who because of the power of a mystical jade, crosses paths with the spoiled and sassy Tang Xuejian, the beloved granddaughter of Tang Manor’s Tang Kun, who meets with danger when an evil cult tries to take over control of the Tang Manor.
Xu Chang Qing, the eldest disciple of Mt Shu Sect aids the pair in defeating the cult and rescuing the Tang Manor. Meanwhile, Chong Lou, ruler of the evil world, breaks into Mt Shu’s Demon Locking Pagoda to retrieve a magical sword. He passes the sword to Jing Tian, claiming that it belonged to latter when he was a deity in his past life and forces Jing Tian to battle with him. The five elders of Mt Shu Sect call upon Jing Tian and Chang Qing to attain 5 mystical pearls to seal up the Demon Locking Pagoda and destroy a powerful force of evil so as to save the world from destruction.
Together with Xue Jian, the group set off to accomplish their mission. On the way, they overcome various obstacles and must solve mysteries pertaining to their pasts.
Seven of the Sky
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
This is an inspiring story that teaches about life and love, what it means to sacrifice for someone that is important to you, to fight for what you believe in, to never give up and push forward, the powers of love and how it can transcend heaven and earth.
It tells a well known legend of the 7th Fairy, Xiaoqi and Dong Yong (Digua), who met in the mortal world and develops a special bond and love.Together, they learn about love, what it means to never lose hope, understanding their love roots, which cannot be destroyed, as Xiaoqi says – “Let us be nourished together, let us grow together, let us withstand this treacherous weather, experience wind and rain, and emerge to become even stronger than before.”However, it is against the rules of the Celestial Court for morals and immortals to be together. The price to pay for breaking the rules is unimaginable.
The story explains everything about love, whether it is for a family, husband and wife, or friend, it shows how love grows, that nothing can destroy it, this series tells just how far a person is willing to go to fight in what they believe in, how strong determination can be, how this world can rid bloodshed and war as long as love exists. Watch this series if you truly want to be touched by the most powerful story.
The Legend of Qin
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Genre: Adventure, Action, Fantasy
This series tells the story of the rise and fall of the Qin Dynasty. During this time, six kingdoms were conquered by Qin in a ruthless takeover, with the new emperor forcing his subjects to follow his will and laws.
The story follows a young boy, Tianming, who is hunted down by the Qin empire for reasons beyond his knowledge; and together with his friends, allies and teachers, will change the course of history.As the story progresses fantasy, steampunk and history intertwine to tell this truly unique tale of courage during uncertain times. Tianming faces treacherous enemies, hope and loss, difficult relationships with both family and friends, and the challenges of dealing with a changing world. Eventually, a new era will be created out of their struggles for a better world.
Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei
Genre: Action, Suspense, Mystery
Li Gexiao was asked by a former colleague to help him bring back gold that was stolen. He teamed up with three other people, Chai Hu (muscle fighter), Yan Sannian (thief and lock picker) and He Xiaomei (performer and has the abilities to change into anyone he wanted to look like) to accomplish the task.
Soon, it is revealed that his former colleague treated Li Gexiao as his rival and tricked him into stealing the gold from the good people, and therefore framing the team and making them wanted criminals. After the four worked together and did good things for the country, they realised how good it felt to help the people, so they formed a team called “A branch of plum blossom”, and their purpose and mission was to punish the treacherous evildoers, suppress the strong and aid the weak and get rid of bullies and bring peace to good people.
Legend of the Condor Heroes 2008
Note: It’s recommended to start from episode 2, as episode 1 is a complete backstory about the parents that gets explained later (and is not as interesting).
Genre: Action, Adventure, Martial Arts
This is an epic story of action and suspense. When their husbands were killed by the Song army, two pregnant women escaped, Li Ping gave birth to Guo Jing, a sturdy but blockheaded young man while Bao Xiruo gave birth to Yang Kang, smart and crafty.
Guo Jing was told to find his sworn brother (Yang Kang) and take revenge for his father. He meets Huang Rong along the way, who is smart, witty and an exellent fighter. She assist him in many ways. She becomes a key character in helping Guo Jing become more powerful by finding him a martial arts teacher.
When a pact between their martial arts masters brought them together and the truth behind their fathers’ deaths was revealed, Guo Jing found martial arts enlightenment and a cause greater than his own while Yang Kang descended into darkness and destroyed everything and everyone around him.This series is about good and evil, revenge, training, becoming stronger, who should have such an immense amount of power and the correct way of using such power. Great for people who love a good action series.
Genre: Action, Romance, Adventure, Comedy
The Emperor asked Prince Cheng and Lu Dingwen to obtain the Divine Book of the Supreme Counselor in the underground tomb of the previous Emperor. Prince Cheng decided to rebel and wanted to keep the book to himself.18 Years later, daughter of Lu Dingwen, Lu Jianping has become a very playful and kind hearted girl who dressed up as a boy and helped people on the streets. She met Shui Ruohan one day and helped him as he was bullied. She had him come to her house to be a reading partner. However, least to what she expected, Ruohan was an assassin sent by Eunuch Cao, one of Prince Cheng’s people who would do anything to obtain the book.
Ruohan couldn’t help but be taken by Jianping’s happy, carefree and sweet personality. He finds himself falling in love, yet at the same time he was there for the mission of stealing the three keys that opened the underground tomb.
This series if everything about sacrificies, love, the beautiful values of life, action, comedy, a great storyline and character development combined.
A brilliant series for those who love a great adventure.
(Vicki Zhao as Jian Ping in Treasure Venture)
Genre: Fantasy, RPG Style Game, Adventure, Action
Based on a popular RPG of the same name. The story takes place in a fantasy world full of kung fu action, CG special effects, and whacky humor.
Li Xiao Yao, a “Stinky Punk”, journeys to Dream Island to find a cure for his sick aunt. There he meets and marries the love of his life Ling’Er. On his way back home with the cure, he discovers that he’s been tricked by the Lunar Sect Cult so that they can kidnap Ling’Er. He awakens in his bed, having forgotten his entire trip to Dream Island but having saved his aunt.
He rescues Ling’Er from the Lunar Sect Cult and is in turn rescued by a mysterious stranger who teaches him kung fu. Xiao Yao and Ling’Er travel to the capital to meet her father. Along the way, they meet various people, get harassed by the Lunar Sect Cult, discover both of their histories, save the world and fall in love with each other all over again.
Princess Returning Pearl
Genre: Adventure, Romance, Comedy
Xiao Yan Zi met Xia Zi Wei, a poor girl who marched a long way to find her father, the Emperor, but nobody would take her seriously. Xiao Yan Zi decided to sneak into the mountain where the Emperor hunts, but Zi Wei could not handle the tiring mountain climb, therefore asking Xiao Yan Zi to tell the Emperor her story.
On her way, Xiao Yan Zi gets shot and could not fully explain her story, making the Emperor mistaking her for the Princess. Here starts a long and painful story of getting everyone to their proper roles, but many dangers lies near – the death sentence if anyone lies to the emperor, and an evil Empress who is waiting to catch Xiao Yan Zi in the act. Added on top, Xiao Yan Zi’s lack of proper manners and knowledge of books has driven her closer to jeopardy.
The Mischievous Princess
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Romance
Situ Jing, a mischievous free-thinking lady, and her companion, A Ling, go on a series of adventures. She does not know that she is a princess of the former royal family.
To protect her family’s reputation outside the home, Situ Jing dresses as a man and calls herself Xiao Long Xia. Concerned about the plight of the refugees which the officials have been ignoring, she comes up with various schemes to help them.Emperor Zhu Yun has been steadily working on consolidating the empire that his father had left him. A monk once gave him a puzzle, telling him that whoever solves it will help him with the problems of the empire. He escapes from his palace to wander around the city with his companion. He befriends Xiao Long Xia after he realizes that the money she has conned and stolen from others is being spent on the refugees.
When Xiao Long Xia solves the puzzle, he decides to maintain closer ties with her.The prince of Yunnan resents the emperor since his sister, the previous queen, had been killed with her family. He sends his son, Bai Yun Fei, to cause unrest and to marry Princess An Ning. An unlikely friendship develops between the Emperor, Xiao Longxia and Bai Yu Fei, each pretending to the others to be someone else. Palace and court intrigues, rebellion and assasination plots abound.