The Ming Dynasty lasted from 1368 to 1644 and was a period of significant cultural, political, and economic development in China. During this period, Chinese dramas flourished, and it is visible how this period has left its mark on Chinese dramas. It portrays rich culture, historical places and dresses, and beautiful scenery, leaving the audience in awe.
1. Royal Feast
Royal Feast is a Chinese history drama starring Wu Jinyan, Wang Churan, Zhang Nan, He Ruixian, Xu Kai and Wang Yizhe. It has one season. It was released in 2022. It has 40 episodes. The drama revolves around the food bureau of the imperial palace. Yong Le Emperor established it. It requires women who are talented at cooking.
2. The Royal Swordsmen
The Royal Swordsmen is a Chinese Wuxia drama starring Roger Kwok, Li Yapeng, Wallace Huo, Michelle Ye, Dicky Cheung and Gao Yuanyuan. It has one season. It was released in 2005. It has 35 episodes. It is a story about the emperor’s uncle. He has received orders from the previous emperor to establish a secret service and find any way to protect the monarch.
3. Empresses In The Palace
Empresses in the Palace is a Chinese drama starring Sun Li, Jiang Xin, and Tan Songyun. It has one season. It was released in 2012. It has 76 episodes. The drama is set in 1722. It is a story about royal concubines. They are from the forbidden city harem and lost their youth in fighting for wealth, love, and power.
4. Ming Dynasty
Ming Dynasty is a Chinese historical drama starring Tang Wei, Jiajia Deng, Yawen Zhu, and Zhenyu Qiao. It has one season. It was released in 2019. It has 64 episodes. It is a story about Sun Ruowei's family. They are killed by the Yongle Emperor, though she escapes death after being adopted by Sun Zhong. She continues to investigate the truth behind her family’s death but dissipates her revenge for everyone after she weighs the costs of many other human lives that her revenge will cost.
5. Fall Of Ming
Fall Of Ming is a Chinese history drama starring Feng Bo, Yuanzheng Feng, and Jingwu Ma. It has one season. It was released in 2013. It is set in 1642. It is a story that follows all the rebels surrounding the city of Kaifeng, and a doctor tries to stop the spread of a disease.
6. Scarlet Heart
Scarlet Heart is a Chinese drama starring Liu Shishi, Nicky Wu, Lin Gengxin, and Han Dong. It has two seasons. It was released in 2011. It has 35 episodes. It is a story about modern-era women. She time-travels and finds her previous incarnate in love with the emperor’s son and involved in a very lengthy and horrifying battle for the throne.
7. The Legend Of Mi Yue
The Legend of Mi Yue is a Chinese drama starring Sun Li, Liu Tao, and Huang Xuan. It has one season. It was released in 2015. It has 81 episodes. This is a story about a woman named Mi Yue who gains the favor of King Ying Si and gives birth to their son Ying Ji. However, this leads to the jealousy of other concubines, including Mi Shu, Wei Yan, and the queen. After King Ying Si passes away, Ying Dang becomes his successor, and Mi Yue is sent as an ambassador to the State of Yan along with her son, Ying Ji, as a form of banishment.
8. The Legend Of The White Snake
The Legend of the White Snake is a Chinese romance drama starring Ju Jingyi and Alan Yu. It has one season. It was released in 2019. It has 36 episodes. This drama is based on the folk legend of the same name. It is a love story about a physician and a 100-year-old white snake spirit that has taken the form of a woman.
9. Beauty's Rival In Palace
Beauty's Rival in the Palace, also known as Schemes of a Beauty, is a Chinese historical drama starring Wang Likun, Ruby Lin, Yang Mi, Sammul Chan, and Luo Jin. It has one season. It was released in 2010. It has 40 episodes. It is a story about a young girl. She is very skilled, talented, clever, and beautiful. Her cleverness is appreciated by the empress, and many other women participate in a vital role in maintaining their power struggle.
10. Legend Of The Phoenix
Legend of the Phoenix is a Chinese rom-com drama starring Jeremy Tsui and Liu Min. It has one season. It was released in 2019. It has 41 episodes. It is a story about an artist. She performed at a banquet in front of the princess' dowager, but she was accused of treason by the princess and was saved by the general, who later became her lover.