Top 33 Chinese Web Novel that Donghua Fans Should Check

The journey into Chinese animation or what we called donghua had open the path for me to a bigger adventure and that includes learning more about Chinese web novels which had been one of the source material for some of my favorite donghua. For example, The King’s Avatar is one of my gateway series into donghua and it was adapted from a web novel series that also inspired a manhua adaptation.

Tales of Demons and Gods Chinese Web Novel

The King’s Avatar is only one of those donghua that has been adapted from a web novel and such is the case too for tons of Chinese anime out there. In line with this, I will be sharing 33 of the best Chinese web novel that every donghua fan of the shounen or xianxia genre out there should give a try. The majority of these Chinese web novels are xianxia or cultivation; a genre that is unique only to Chinese culture in the sense that the rich history of China and its people are reflected in a fictionalized fantasy setting.

However, we also have various Chinese web novels from other genre and includes interest key elements such as transmigration and reincarnation, Japanese anime and manga fans are more familiar with this in the term of isekai. The classic genre of romance, adventure, action, are also present together with the unique humor that is only present in Chinese culture. So, let’s start our list as follows:

Top Chinese Web Novel Recommendation

Mo Dao Zu Shi Chinese Web Novel

Mo Dao Zu Shi

Author: Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Synopsis

As the grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect, Wei WuXian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was back-stabbed by his dearest shidi and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him. He incarnates into the body of a lunatic who was abandoned by his clan and is later, unwillingly, taken away by a famous cultivator among the clans—Lan WangJi, his archenemy. [Source: NU]

Monster Pet Evolution Chinese Web Novel

Monster Pet Evolution

Author: Wine Pool Inebriation

Synopsis

Three years ago, the animals and plants on Earth underwent crazy and unexplainable changes that included transformations, reversions, and the addition of otherworldly species. And it was the start of a brand-new type of profession in the new generation of humanity – Monster Trainers, people who specialized in taming monsters. On his 18th birthday, the protagonist of the story, Gao Peng, suddenly received the ability of being able to see the attribute data frame of monsters. With his ability, he aspired to become the strongest monster trainer that ever lived while looking for a method to revive his parents! [Source: Qidian]

The Anarchic Consort Chinese Web Novel

The Anarchic Consort

Author: Warring Young Seven

Synopsis

She, a 21st century mercenary queen, had crossed over into a tragically betrayed body of a waste. Waste? She will show them what it means to be a waste! Betrayed? With the Ancient Manual in her hands, she will astonish all the despicable men and cheap women! Wait! Didn’t everyone say that she was an evil woman which everyone feared? Why is his Third Highness, full of mystery and charisma, so interested in her? [Source: Qidian]

 

The Husky and His White Cat Shizun Chinese Web Novel

The Husky and His White Cat Shizun

Author: Meatbun Doesn’t Eat Meat

Synopsis

Mo Ran felt that taking Chu Wanning as his master was a mistake. His Shizun was just so similar to a cat, while he was like a silly dog. He originally thought that dogs should be with dogs, like his senior brother, who was beautiful and docile, like a cute Japanese Spitz. They would look so good together. But after dying and coming back to life, the one he’d brought back to his den both times was that snow-white kitty Shizun that he didn’t even have his eye on at first. [Source: NU]

 

Yaoshenji Chinese Web Novel

Tales of Demons and Gods

Author: Mad Snail

Synopsis

Nie Li, the strongest Demon Spiritist in his past life standing at the pinnacle of the martial world. However, he lost his life during the battle with Sage Emperor and the six deity ranked beast, his soul was then reborn back in time back to when he is still 13. Although he’s the weakest in his class with the lowest talent at only Red soul realm, but with the aid of the vast knowledge which he accumulated from his previous life, he trained faster then anyone.

Trying to protect the city which in the coming future was being assaulted by beast and ended up being destroyed as well as protecting his lover, friends and family who died by the beast assault. And to destroy the Sacred family whom abandon their duty and betrayed city in his past life. [Source: MU]

 

Xian Wu Tong Xiu Chinese Web Novel

Immortal and Martial Dual Cultivation

Author: Yue Ru Huo

Synopsis

Reach the peak of immortal cultivation and become able to run amok without fear! Use the power of martial arts to rule the world and defeat heroes! The weather changes at the whim and wave of a palm. He who cultivates both immortal techniques and martial arts, who could possibly defeat him!? Xiao Chen is a shut-in who purchased a ‘Compendium of Cultivation’. Soon after, he crossed over into the Tianwu World, a world ruled by martial arts. He then refined pills, drew talismans, practiced formations, crafted weapons and cultivated the Azure Dragon Martial Soul that had not been seen for thousands of years. [Source: NU]

Martial World (Novel) screenshot

Martial World

Author: Cocooned Cow

Synopsis

In the Divine Realm, countless legends fought over a mysterious cube. After the battle it disappeared into the void. A young man stumbles upon this mystery object, opening a whole new world to him. His name is Lin Ming, and this is his road of martial arts. [Source: Wuxiaworld]

Quan Zhi Gao Shou (Novel) screenshot

The King’s Avatar

Author: Butterfly Blue

Synopsis

In the online game Glory, Ye Xiu is regarded as a textbook and a top-tier pro-player. However, due to a myriad reasons, he is kicked from the team. After leaving the professional scene, he finds work in an Internet Cafe as a manager. When Glory launches its tenth server, he who possesses ten years of gaming experience once again throws himself into the game. Bringing with him the memories of his past and an incomplete, self-made weapon, his return along the road to the summit begins! [Source: MU]

Reverend Insanity (Novel) screenshot

Reverend Insanity

Author: Gu Zhen Re

Synopsis

A story of a villain, Fang Yuan who was reborn 500 years into the past with the ChunQiu Cicada he painstakingly refined. With his profound wisdom, battle and life experiences, he seeks to overcome his foes with skill and wit! Ruthless and amoral, he has no need to hold back as he pursues his ultimate goals. In a world of cruelty where one cultivates using Gu – magical creatures of the world – Fang Yuan must rise up above all with his own power. [Source: Qidian]

Library of Heaven’s Path (Novel) screenshot

Library of Heaven’s Path

Author: Heng Sao Tian Ya

Synopsis

Traversing into another world, Zhang Xuan finds himself becoming an honorable teacher. Along with his transcension, a mysterious library appears in his mind. As long as it is something he has seen, regardless of whether it is a human or an object, a book on its weaknesses will be automatically compiled in the library. Thus, he becomes formidable.

“Emperor Zhuoyang, why do you detest wearing your underwear so much? As an emperor, can’t you pay a little more attention to your image?” “Fairy Linglong, you can always look for me if you find yourself unable to sleep at night. I am skilled in lullabies!” “And you, Demon Lord Qiankun! Can you cut down on the garlic? Are you trying to kill me with that stench?” [Source: NU]

Heaven Official's Blessing (Novel) screenshot

Heaven Official’s Blessing

Author: Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Synopsis

Eight hundred years ago, Xie Lian was the Crown Prince of the Xian Le kingdom; one who was beloved by his citizens and the darling of the world. Unsurprisingly, he ascended to the Heavens at a very young age. Now, eight hundred years later, Xie Lian ascends to the Heavens for the third time as the laughing stock of all three realms. On his first task as a god, he meets a mysterious demon who rules the ghosts and terrifies the Heavens……yet unbeknownst to Xie Lian, this demon king has been paying attention to him for a very, very long time. Source: NU

Dragon Prince Yuan (Novel) screenshot

Dragon Prince Yuan

Author: Tian Can Tu Dou

Synopsis

Destiny stolen at birth, the prince of the once mighty Great Zhou Empire, Zhou Yuan, has been plagued by a fatal poison till fate draws him to mysterious domain where he meets a beautiful girl in green, a bizarre dog-like creature an unfathomable old man in black. Join Zhou Yuan as he is thrust into the whirlpool of destiny while he seeks the pinnacle of cultivation. [Source: Wuxiaworld]

Coiling Dragon (Novel) screenshot

Coiling Dragon

Author: Mang Huang Ji

Synopsis

Empires rise and fall on the Yulan Continent. Saints, immortal beings of unimaginable power, battle using spells and swords, leaving swathes of destruction in their wake. Magical beasts rule the mountains, where the brave – or the foolish – go to test their strength. Even the mighty can fall, feasted on by those stronger. The strong live like royalty; the weak strive to survive another day. This is the world which Linley is born into. Raised in the small town of Wushan, Linley is a scion of the Baruch clan, the clan of the once-legendary Dragonblood Warriors.

Their fame once shook the world, but the clan is now so decrepit that even the heirlooms of the clan have been sold off. Tasked with reclaiming the lost glory of his clan, Linley will go through countless trials and tribulations, making powerful friends but also deadly enemies. Come witness a new legend in the making. The legend of Linley Baruch. [Source: Wuxiaworld]

Forty Milleniums of Cultivation (Novel) screenshot

Forty Millenniums of Cultivation

Author: The Enlightened Master Crouching Cow

Synopsis

“Even if this universe is truly nothing more than a brutal, bloody, shadowy forest, we Cultivators will burn all that we have just to give off a single weak flickering spark in the darkness! “No matter how weak each spark is, how short-lived, how small… As long as the sparks flow unabated, then one day one of those sparks will light some tinder, and that tinder shall light some fallen branches, and those branches shall set ablaze each and every last tree of the forest! “In the end, even the smallest sparks will eventually set the shadowy forest ablaze and illuminate the whole world!” [Source: Qidian]

Reincarnation Of The Strongest Sword God (Novel) screenshot

Reincarnation of the Strongest Sword God

Author: Lucky Old Cat

Synopsis

Starting over once more, he has entered this “living game” again in order to control his own fate. This time, he will not be controlled by others. Previously the Level 200 Sword King, he will rise to a higher peak in this life. Methods to earn money! Dungeon conquering strategies! Legendary Quests! Equipment drop locations! Undiscovered battle techniques! Even the secrets Beta Testers were unknowledgeable of, he knows of them all. Massive wars, life advancement, entering Godhood, sword reaching to the peak; a legend of a man becoming a Sword God has begun. [Source: NU]

 

True Martial World (Novel) screenshot

True Martial World

Author: Cocooned Cow

Synopsis

With the strongest experts from the 33 Skies the Human Emperor, Lin Ming, and his opponent, the Abyssal Demon King, were embroiled in a final battle. In the end, the Human Emperor destroyed the Abyssal World and killed the Abyssal Demon King. By then, a godly artifact, the mysterious purple card that had previously sealed the Abyssal Demon King, had long since disappeared into the space-time vortex, tunneling through infinite spacetime together with one of Lin Ming’s loved ones.

In the vast wilderness, where martial arts was still slowly growing in its infancy, several peerless masters tried to find their path in the world of martial arts. [Source: Qidian]

 

Monster Paradise (Novel) screenshot

Monster Paradise

Author: Nuclear Warhead Cooked in Wine

Synopsis

Lin Huang was a 15-year old boy from Earth, on a path to live his life in a world full of monsters. With his younger sister in his care, and given only 91 days to live, the odds were not in his favor at all… That is until, he killed a vicious vampire, purely by accident. With a twist in his tale, his life was changed completely. As he fought his way through this world with the help of his troops made of men and monsters, the boy sets his sights on a much larger ambition of becoming the greatest monster hunter in the world! [Source: Qidian]

I Shall Seal the Heavens (Novel) screenshot

I Shall Seal the Heavens

Author: Er Gen

Synopsis

The story of the young scholar Meng Hao, who gets forcibly recruited into a sect of immortal cultivators. In the cultivation world, the strong prey on the weak, and the law of the jungle prevails. Meng Hao must adapt to survive. What does it mean to “Seal the Heavens?” This is a secret that you will have to uncover along with Meng Hao! [Source: Wuxiaworld]

 

Versatile Mage (Novel) screenshot

Versatile Mage

Author: Chaos

Synopsis

He woke up in a familiar world that had vastly changed. His familiar school had become a mystical school that teaches magic, encouraging everyone to become a mighty magician. Outside the city, many wandering magical beasts and monsters attacked and preyed on humans. His world of advanced science changed into one that praised magic. Despite this, his ambition in life, and his social status remained the same; one of the dregs of the society with a struggling father and a disabled step sister that couldn’t walk. However, Mo Fan found that when most people could only practice a single major element of magic, he was a Versatile Mage! [Source: Qidian]

Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil (Novel) screenshot

Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil

Author: Feng Liu Shu Dai (author), Casanovanic Bookworm (artist)

Synopsis

A top hacker was chosen by the Lord God to be reborn into countless worlds, always as an expendable villain. With no free will, every world became a dead end. Every one of his lives ended tragically. Finally, after wresting control of the Villain System, this ace hacker decided to enact revenge. Even if his very bones were rotten, he’d choose to occupy the very heights of morality, if only on the surface. Thus, he would change his fate as an abused slag. [Source: MU]

Game Loading (Novel) screenshot

Game Loading

Author: Long Qi

Synopsis

Xie Xi was someone with luck off the charts! The advantage was that any game could be easily cleared. The disadvantage was that all games were boring! Then one day, the words ‘Game loading’ appeared in front of his eyes and he began to clear real games! The emperor of luck ran into a bottleneck in the first game. [Source: NU]

 

Every Day the Protagonist Wants to Capture Me (Novel) screenshot

Every Day the Protagonist Wants to Capture Me

Author: Qing Duan

Synopsis

Transmigrated into the body of a cannon fodder villain, Chu Yu has three major worries: How can he help the protagonist turn into a real harem master, how can he develop a good relationship with the protagonist, and how can he live properly without holding on to the protagonist’s thigh? The protagonist has three major worries: Eldest disciple brother has changed, eldest disciple brother has really changed, and how can he marry eldest disciple brother? System: Congratulations! ~ Sprinkle Flowers ~ Grow Old Together Happily! [Source: NU]

The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady (Novel) screenshot

The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady

Author: North Night

Synopsis

She was the godly thief of the 24th century, yet she was reincarnated as a good-for-nothing idiot with no parents. Not only that, she had to bend her will according to her relatives’ mood. Idiot? Trash? Very well, sooner or later, she will show these group of silly earthlings what it means to be too late for regrets! Battle-qi? Magic? Her talent on both magic and martial arts will mortify every genius in existence. The position of the clan chief? The mythological Vermilion Bird? Want them? So sorry~ She already took them! [Source: NU]

 

Douluo Dalu 2: Jueshi Tangmen (Novel) screenshot

Soul Land 2: The Unrivaled Tang-Clan

Author: Jia San Shao Tang

Synopsis

A strange continent in another world. No magic, no battle qi, no martial arts, only martial spirits. Ten thousand years after the Tang clan was founded on the Douluo continent, the Tang clan has declined. A whole new generation of proud talents has been born. Will the new generation of the Seven monsters of Shrek be able to reestablish the Tang Clan and compose a tale of greatness for the unrivaled Tang Clan? [Source: MU]

 

Mesmerizing Ghost Doctor (Novel) screenshot

Mesmerizing Ghost Doctor

Author: Feng Jiong

Synopsis

She, a modern hidden ghost leader of an organization which gathered insane prodigies proficient in the various differing skill-sets. Highly skilled in medicine and poison, executes covert assassinations, viewed as insane and demonic in the eyes of people of the world. Killed in an accident, and reborn into the body of a disfigured young girl.

Her identity can be given up, her family can be forgone, but as for the one who harmed her predecessor who inhabited this same body, if she didn’t at least make them scream in unimaginable agony and throw them into a state of wretchedness, how could she live up to her demonic reputation? Endless turmoil ensues and it’s a battle to dominate over all! [Source: Qidian]

 

Douluo Dalu (Novel) screenshot

Soul Land

Author: Jia San Shao Tang

Synopsis

Tang Sect, the most famous martial arts sect of all. By stealing its most secret teachings to fulfill his dreams, Tang San committed an unforgivable crime. With his ambition attained, he hands his legacy to the sect and throws himself from the fearsome “Hell’s Peak.” But he could have never imagined that this would reincarnate him in another world, one without magic, martial arts, and grudges. A land where only the mystical souls of battle lay. The continent of Douluo. How will Tang San survive in this unknown environment? With a new road to follow, a new legend begins… [Source: MU]

King of Gods (Novel) screenshot

King of Gods

Author: Fast Food Restaurant

Synopsis

His will is tough and he is unwilling to be normal. However, his pathway was destined to be that way, being born in a small sect’s branch. However, one day, his left eye merges with the eye of an Ancient God in an accident. From that moment on, he turns from a fish into a dragon. He rises up like a star, walking the path of a legendary cultivator. From being a tiny, small ant at the bottom of the world, he rises step by step, into a place full of powerful sects, strong ancient clans and countless geniuses. This is an era of legends. Source: NU

Against the Gods (Novel) screenshot

Against the Gods

Author: Mars Gravity

Synopsis

Hunted for possessing a heaven-defying object, Yun Che is a young man in both that life and the next. Throwing himself off a cliff to spite his pursuers, Yun Che is reincarnated as Xiao Che, a recently poisoned teen in another realm. Just as hated in this life as the previous one, Che must overcome his own hostile clan, his own inability to cultivate, and his own frosty fiancée. [Source: Wuxiaworld]

 

Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World (Novel) screenshot

Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed the World

Author: Mad Snail

Synopsis

The world’s largest VRMMO, Conviction, was almost like a second world for humanity. It had integrated itself into the real world’s economy, with both corporations and individuals seeking their fortunes through the game. In this game, Nie Yan prided himself in his Level 180 Thief. He could barely be considered among the top experts in the game. Though, that was the only thing he could take pride in. He was penniless and unable to advance in life; a situation he was forced into by the enemy of his father.

If it weren’t for the little money he made by selling off items in Conviction, he would’ve barely been able to eat. In the end, he chose to settle his matters once and for all. He assassinated his father’s enemy. He lay dying shortly after being shot in the pursuit. However, that wasn’t the end of his story. Instead, he awoke moments later to find that he had reincarnated into his past self. Armed with his experience and knowledge of future events, he sets out to live his life anew. [Source: Wuxiaworld]

 

Battle Through the Heavens (Novel) screenshot

Battle Through the Heavens

Author: Tian Can Tu Dou

Synopsis

In a land where no magic is present. A land where the strong makes the rules and weak has to obey. A land filled with alluring treasures and beauty yet also filled with unforeseen danger. Xiao Yan, who has shown talents none had seen in decades, suddenly three years ago lost everything, his powers, his reputation, and his promise to his mother. What sorcery has caused him to lose all of his powers? And why has his fiancee suddenly shown up? [Source: Wuxiaworld]

 

Wuming Qishi (Novel) screenshot

The Legend of the Sun Knight

Author: Yu Wo (author), Ya Sha (illustrator)

Synopsis

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

 

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Release That Witch

Author: Er Mu

Synopsis

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]

 

A Will Eternal (Novel) screenshot

A Will Eternal

Author: Er Gen

Synopsis

One will to create oceans. One will to summon the mulberry fields. One will to slaughter countless devils. One will to eradicate innumerable immortals. Only my will… is eternal. A Will Eternal tells the tale of Bai Xiaochun, an endearing but exasperating young man who is driven primarily by his fear of death and desire to live forever, but who deeply values friendship and family. [Source: Wuxiaworld]

 

And that ends our list of 33 top Chinese web novel recommendations and I believed there are still many hidden gems that we haven’t tackled yet. I am planning to share those stuff in an upcoming post as I am trying to start publishing manhua recommendations here in the blog aside from donghua and anime. Nevertheless, please let us know which of the novels we had mentioned above caught your attention and make you want to read it right away?

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