29 Fantasy and Cultivation Manhua For Donghua Fans to Read

Xianxia or cultivation story had been a common theme in the storytelling of various Chinese media such as TV series, movies, donghua, manhua, or web novels. For donghua fans such as myself, I have always been fascinated by the unique sense of adventure and flavor that can be found in these stories, and such is the case of fantasy and cultivation manhua too.


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In Chinese media, manhua had been the source of many donghua adaptations that we had nowadays and xianxia or cultivation donghua had been one of the genres that occupied the biggest space in the industry. However, did you know that many of these cultivation donghua have their respective counterpart in novels and manhua? That is why in this post, I would like to share a list of cultivation manhua that donghua fans could definitely check and enjoy reading.

Fantasy and Cultivation Manhua


Tales of Demons and Gods screenshot

Tales of Demons and Gods

Creator: Mad Snail (author), Jiang Ruo Tai (artist)


A warp in space-time occured because of the Space-Time Demon Spirit Book, and Ni Li, who should have died in an ambush by God-rank Demon Beasts, awoke to find himself sitting in a classroom. He had returned to his 13-year-oid self. Everything had been reset. How will he protect his true love now? [Source: Qidian]


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Battle Through The Heavens

Creator: Tian Can Tu Dou


Life is filled with rises and falls, and no one knows what the future will bring. But Xiao Yan, the 15-year-old shame of the Xiao Family, makes himself an oath — starting today, he will rise, step by step, to the very peak of this Great Continent of Combat Qi! In this world of cultivation, of the never-ending struggle to strengthen oneself, he sets off on a journey to achieve ultimate power. [Source: Qidian]


Douluo Dalu 2: Jueshi Tangmen screenshot

Douluo Dalu 2: Jueshi Tangmen

Creator: Jian San Shao Tang (author), Hei Zhi Shi (artist)


A new, proud generation of heaven’s chosen has been born. Can the new generation of Shrek’s Seven Devils rally the Tang Sect and once more compose the song of the Unrivaled Tang Sect? [Source: Wutopia Comics]


Douluo Dalu 3: The Legend of the Dragon King screenshot

Douluo Dalu 3: The Legend of the Dragon King

Creator: Jian San Shao Tang (author), Hei Zhi Shi (artist)


With advancements in soul technology, humans on the continent of Douluo conquered the oceans and discovered two new continents. The soul beasts have also been hunted to the brink of extinction by human soul masters. The king of soul beasts awakens in the depths of the Great Star Dou Forest to lead remaining clan members to seek vengeance against humankind! Tang Wulin aspires to be a powerful soul master, but when his martial soul awakens, it turns out to be…, Prodigy of an era, battle of the Dragon King, the legend of the Dragon King henceforth begins. [Source: Wutopia Comics]


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Chronicles of the God’s Order

Creator: Jian He Zheng (author), Chi Fai Tang (artist), Kin Wo Cheng (artist)


The Great Shang dynasty has been in power for many years, but the Gods have found fault with the new emperor. Instead of submitting to their will at the expense of his people, the emperor resolves to throw off the Gods’ yoke and free humanity. However, this means not only will he face the Gods, but also a rival, the young Zhou—who submits to the Gods’ will for nothing but his own purposes! The fate of the dynasty, nay, the fate of all humanity will be determined by this great battle between the forces of Heaven and Earth! [Source: MU]


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Martial Universe

Creator: Tian Can Tu Dou


Lin Dong, the unfavored borderline disciple of the small town family, went through countless difficulties and dangers. He defeated evil people one step at a time and eventually transformed into a hero who saved the world and reaped the passion and inspiration story of love and friendship. [Source: MangaToon]


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Soul Land

Creator: Jia San Shao Tang (author), Feng Chun Mu (artist)


Towns spent his prelife in the Tang Clan. He stole the secret from the Inner Clan to reach the peak of martial arts. In the end, he had to commit suicide for such action. Then he was reborn in a different world-Soul Land. This world is filled with powerful soul masters. Each master has their own martial souls. The martial soul of Towns is a useless Blue Silver Grass. Can he bring the glory of the Tang Clan into this new world? [Source: Qidian]


Douluo Dalu 4: Zhongji Douluo screenshot

Soul Land 4: Ultimate Fighting

Creator: Jia San Shao Tang


10,000 years have passed since the end of the battle of the Douluo plane with the Abyss plane. The abundant energy of the Abyss opened the door for soul masters and spirit beasts in the Douluo plane to reach knowledges, power, and ranks that were once impossible to achieve. The humans of Douluo Plane conquered the space and discovered other planes. The expedition of scientists from the Federal Research Institute roaming the northern ice land found an egg with wavering light of gold and silver. A kind man, Lan Xiao who led the expedition, hatched that egg and a cute baby boy came out. He decided to adopt the child and named is Lan Xuanyu. [Source: MU]


Release That Witch screenshot

Release That Witch

Creator: Er Mu


A modern-day engineer is transmigrated to a different world… where he becomes a prince. His surroundings remind him of medieval Europe, but it’s not quite the same. In this world, witches actually exist, and they have real magic powers! Magic powers… that can be used as a productive force! The witches must be saved. Their powers must be liberated! We must open our map, fight off demons, solve the conspiracy, and climb the tree of technology! [Source: Tapas]


Principles of Heavens screenshot

Principles of Heavens

Creator: Ranzai Studio


Zen Luo, the former Young Lord of Luo family, is now a humble slave whose father died and younger sister was held in detention by a powerful sect. He has suffered so much both physically and mentally. However, his life started to get better when he found the secret Weapon Creation technique in a book of his fathers. Could the human body be a weapon? What was the mysterious force behind all this? It is a challenge from fate awaiting Zen Luo. [Source: Webcomics]


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Reverend Insanity

Creator: Gu Zhen Ren


Humans are the wisest of all creatures, and venom bugs are the essence of all creations. In a strange world all about rearing, refining, and utilizing venom bugs, a time traveler reborns over and over to achieve immortality. Do not lament for the trials and tribulations ahead, for I shall vanquish whatever stands in my path. As I brave the dangers that the universe throws at me, my eyes will forever look toward the azure sky! [Source: Qidian]


The Gods, Comes and Go screenshot

The Gods, Comes and Go



College student Sean Hanks has been cheated by his first ever girlfriend. Shocked, he accidentally slips down the cliff and fell down directly to the container that sealed a powerful being. Now that the entity inside the container has been released, what fate awaits Sean? [Source: MU]


Phoenix Goes Against the World screenshot

Phoenix Goes Against the World

Creator: Lu Fei


When she opens her eyes, Huang Beiyue, a talented killer known as “ultimate weapon”, finds that she travels through time into another world and possesses a girl’s body, who is the trueborn daughter of princess royal but humiliated by everyone. With such an identity, Huang Beiyue rises from obscurity. Meanwhile, a mysterious guy becomes more and more interested in her… Source: MangaToon


The Pinnacle of Martial Arts screenshot

The Pinnacle of Martial Arts

Creator: Momo


The pinnacle of martial arts is solitary and lonely. It is an endless pursuit for unattainable heights as well. In order to surpass the limits of martial arts, growth and the will to survive in adverse situations is necessary. One day, Yang Kai, a disciple-on-trial (and floor sweeper) of the Lingxiao Martial Arts Sect discovered a Wordless Black Book. That marked the turn in his luck and the beginning of his martial arts journey. [Source: Qidian]


Douluo Dalu: Legend of Tangs' Hero screenshot

Douluo Dalu: Legend of Tang’s Hero

Creator: Jia San Shao Tang



Star Martial God Technique screenshot

Star Martial God Technique

Creator: Mad Snail


In the whole world there lay twelve paths to climb Tower of God, and in legends, these twelve pathways lead toward the legendary road of immortality. However, these paths in the Tower of God, are far too long, without end. In ancient times there once were many types of martial arts, sadly the world underwent terrible changes, and only three were left: Flame, Dragon and Star Martial Arts. Generations of experts of those three martial arts are searching for the road to immortality. A Star Martial Arts practitioner on his journey of a lifetime, in becoming the Highest God. [Source: MangaToon]


I'm an Evil God screenshot

I’m an Evil God

Creator: Shidai Man Wang


Across the realms, is the manliest and most handsome evil god in history! The peerless beautiful man Xie Yan crossed over and fell into the vixen’s lair. In order not to be drained of his entire life-force, he travels between various realms, cuts down a son of god, and repels the confederacy Yang Yi… This is the story of how he eventually becomes an evil god. [Source: MU]


Mesmerizing Ghost Doctor screenshot

Mesmerizing Ghost Doctor

Creator: Feng Jiong (author), Yuan Man Dongman (artist)


She, the guildchief of the modern hidden clan, good at medical voodoo, and assassination, was treated as the perverted talent in the eyes of the world. After an accidental death, she reborn in a disfigured girl. Was her identity changed? Was returning to the family hopeless? Identity could be abandoned, the family could be given up, but if I did not revenge the person who had harmed the predecessor, could I be worthy of the name of the talented doctor? Once the storm awoken, the heroes would be fighting for hegemony! And see how she went to the world in a red dress, with a sword challenging a group of heroes! [Source: Qidian]


Peerless Battle Spirit screenshot

Peerless Battle Spirit



In the Canglan Continent, only those that who manage to awaken a Martial Spirit can walk on the path of cultivation. In this world, only those with stronger martial spirits can communicate with the heavens and earth. Qin Nan, born in Linshui City, was a peerless genius who possessed talent and was thought to become a great cultivator in the future. However, things changed when he ended up awakening a grade 1 Martial Spirit, resulting in him being considered as trash.Fortunately enough, Qin Nan was struck by a ray of lightning while practicing his martial arts and coincidentally obtained the Divine Battle Spirit, which was capable of leveling up. Breaking the ultimate rule of the Canglan Continent, little did Qin Nan knew that his Martial Spirit possessed a great secret that will slowly unravel the mystery as the story goes on. [Source: MU]


Welcome to the Nightmare Games screenshot

Welcome to the Nightmare Games



Qi Leren’s laptop blacked out after reaching the first Bad End of the <Nightmare Game>. On his way to fix the laptop, the bus he rode in collided with a speeding truck. The wounded were sent to the hospital. When Qi Leren woke up, he realized that he was lying in the empty Infusion Hall. The big hospital was void of people…… [Source: Wutopia Comics]


Song of the Sky Walkers screenshot

Song of the Sky Walkers

Creator: Da Xia


In the vision of the heavens, the emperor’s family gave birth to a special pair of twins—the male born with a forehead mole the color of cinnabar and the female born with six fingers. However, this brother and sister pair connected by blood is cruelly separated by fate! One was taken away by Penglai Xianchang and embarked on the long road of Xiu Xian. The other was abandoned in the reeds, followed by the old swordsman in the red dust… The fated day approaches, how will the two fight destiny? In what way will it be repeated? [Source: MU]


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Sealed Divine Throne

Creator: Jia San Shao Tang (author), Sariel (artist)


While the demons were rising, mankind was about to become extinct. Six temples rose, and protected the last of mankind. A young boy joins the temple as a knight to save his mother. During his journey of wonders and mischief in the world of temples and demons, will he be able to ascend to become the strongest knight and inherit the throne? [Source: MU]


Princess Agent’s Cultivation Guide screenshot

Princess Agent’s Cultivation Guide



I was a top-notch agent in my last life and a member of the Chinese Dragon Group. I chose to destroy my enemies all by myself despite the cost being my own life. After rebirth, I found myself already married to someone, some handsome prince who was said to have turned into a demon! But wait! I have NEVER dated anyone neither in my last life, nor this life, how could I become a married women so soon?! My new body is fragile and weak, yet I won’t allow it to be a problem on my way of cultivation. Most importantly, where is my husband? …Anyway, in this fantasy world, I will live this life the way I like! [Source: MangaToon]


Journey to the West screenshot

Journey to the West

Creator: Jian He Zheng (author), Zhihui Deng (artist)


The journey to the West was a conspiracy of heaven! After Sutra (Buddhist sacred texts) went missing for more than a decade, Heaven sent its army to search. In order not to let the Sutra once again fall into the hands of heaven, the journey to the West begins again. [Source: MU]


Fire-and-Ice Magic Cookery screenshot

Fire and Ice Magic Cookery

Creator: Jia San Shao Tang


Magicians use elements such as ice, fire, wind, earth, light, and darkness to project miracles in the magic world while chef masters use their magical culinary skills to play with people’s tastes…Nathaniel, a powerful magician can control ice and fire whose true identity is…a cook? What kind of delicate dish can he make to impress the nobles in Snow City? Is he coming to this city simply for cultivating his cooking skills or he having other intentions? [Source: MangaToon]


Dragon Prince Yuan screenshot

Dragon Prince Yuan

Creator: Tian Can Tu Dou


A young man with his brush plunges into a chaotic world and lights up the heavens. In a world where cultivators are paramount, will the vermilion bird swallow the dragon, or will the dragon transcend beyond all else?! [Source: Wutopia Comics]


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Legend of the Sun Knight

Creator: Yu Wo (author), Os Rabbit Cat (artist)


The Sun Knight is a man who has shining golden hair, sky blue eyes, a compassionate nature, and a brilliant smile. He is the spokesperson for the God of Light, the captain of the Twelve Holy Knights, and (some say) the man closest to perfection. Beneath the veneer of the Sun Knight, however, lies a very different sort of character… [Source: MU]


Ze Tian Ji screenshot

Ze Tian Ji

Creator: Mao Ni


“You won’t live past the age of 20.” Since my illness is incurable, this must be my Fate then. But what if there is a secret to defy Fate? Are you willing to risk your life for one more chance? With less than a decade of his life remaining and a marriage contract in his hands, Chen ChangSheng sets out from his secluded temple and heads toward the Capital to find the secret to defying Heaven and Fate. Source: MU


Legend of Phoenix screenshot

Legend of Phoenix

Creator: Yun Tian Kong


In an accident, a 10-year-old genius boy caldwell leng accompanied the meteorite to the fantasy world. In there, he lived with the dwarves who were good at forging. Together with the amazing ability, he practiced hard and grew rapidly. Not only did he learn the incomparable smelting and forging techniques of the dwarves, but also spontaneously created new martial arts. When everything developed peacefully, the cruelty came with the desire of others, too. [Source: Qidian]



And these are only a few of the best fantasy and cultivation manhua that donghua fans out there should give a try. If you wish to read more recommendations, you may check our list of the best Chinese web novels that Chinese anime should check.

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