When it comes to ancient or traditional Chinese drama series, majority of them originated from the Mainland, other from Hong Kong and Taiwan. All these dramas are played by brunch of famous actors and actresses and popular in China and Asia. Below are the top 10 most famous TV ancient drama series.
1. The Legend of the Condor Heroes (1983) 《射雕英雄传》
The Legend of the Condor Heroes is one of the most classic ancient Chinese drama series. It was first broadcast on TVB in Hong Kong in 1983. This 59 episodes drama is considered as a classic television version.
2. New Legend of Madame White Snake (1992) 《新白娘子传奇》
New Legend of Madame White Snake is a1992 ancient Chinese dramas starring Angie Chiu and Cecilia Yip. This version is widely accepted to be the definitive adaptation of the Chinese folklore legend The Legend of White Snake. The 50-episode fantasy romance tells the love story of the white snake spirit Bai Su Zhen and mortal scholar Xu Xian. The series features many Chinese folk-style songs.
3. Princess Pearl (1998)《还珠格格》
The Princess Pearl (or Huan Zhu Ge Ge) is a 1998 ancient Chinese drama series adapted from Chiung Yao’s novel series of the same title. The series features Vicki Zhao`s role as the cheerful, energetic and adorable Xiao Yan Zi. The series tells the story of an orphan whose life changes after she is accidentally named princess.
4. Demi Gods and Semi Devils (1997)《天龙八部》
Demi Gods and Semi Devils is an adaption of Jin Yong`s novel of the same title. The drama is an excellent story that deals with power, discrimination, love, and sorrow. This version is very funny and the storyline is absolutely brilliant.
5. Dream of the Red Chamber (1987)《红楼梦》
Dream of the Red Chamber is a 1987 TV series adapted from Cao Xueqin`s novel of the same name. The story is about the feudal noble family’s rise and fall from prosperity to decline. But to the Chinese, the most fascinating parts of the book are the sad love story, which happens to the three main characters: Jia Baoyu, Lin Daiyu and Xue Baochai. This 36 episodes long drama gained enormous popularity with its superb music, cast, and plot adaptation.
6. Romance of the Three Kingdoms (2010) 《三国演义》
Three Kingdoms is a Chinese television series directed by Gao Xixi. The series is adapted from classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms and features a total of 95 episodes. The series was well received both domestically and internationally.
7. The Return of the Condor Heroes (1995) 《神雕侠侣》
The Return of the Condor Heroes is a 1995 TV series from Hong Kong. This is adpated from Jin Yong’s famous novel of the same title. This serial has followed the original story quite well, with no cutting out of major scenes in the story. The performances of the two leading actors were exceptional and this verison starring Louis Koo and Carmen Lee is the best version ever shoot.
8. Journey to the West (1986)《西游记》
Journey to the West is a 1986 ancient Chinese TV series adapted from the classic novel of the same name. The series is based on a real journey of a monk in the Tang Dynasty. The series is praised as the best and most authentic interpretation of the novel.
9. All Men Are Brothers (2011) 《水浒传》
All Men Are Brothers is a Chinese TV series adapted from Chinese classic novel Water Margin. The series is directed by Kuk Kwok-leung. It is about an epic tale of a band of patriots in China during the latter part of Sung Dynasty.
10. The Grand Mansion Gate (2001)《大宅门》
Da Zhai Men or The Grand Mansion Gate is a 2001 ancient Chinese drama directed by Guo Baochang. The 51 episodes long series follows the fortunes of a prominent merchant family engaged in Traditional Chinese Medicine during the waning years of the Ching dynasty.