20+ Chinese Romance Manhua That You Shoujo Fans Must Check

There’s always some kind of kick when we talk about Chinese romance manhua, unlike those stories that we can find from other shoujo anime or manga. There’s the historical cliche, and the unique humor and antics that are can only be seen in Chinese manhua or donghua (Chinese anime). It’s a bit of a reflection of its people and culture, thus, it also gives a unique experience to its readers.

Chinese Romance Manhua Recommendations

Are you a sucker too for Chinese romance manhua? I am still new in this journey yet, the experience had been amazing so far. And if you’re like who are still craving for more? I have listed here some of the best romance Chinese manhua that you guys can check and enjoy any time you want. Get your pen and paper, or your notes and save this list.

 

Top Chinese Romance Manhua

The One screenshot

The One (2005-2014)

Creator: Nicky Lee

Synopsis

Cane Lele was born into the fashion industry. Her mother, Ye Fei Yi, was Taiwan’s top model, and her father was also a model until a tragic airplane crash left Lele without her parents. Therefore, it is no surprise that Lele hates the industry, thinking it superficial and unnecessary. Raised by her maternal grandmother, Lele reaches 17 before she is sucked in by her mother’s sister, Ye Fei Hong, a fashion model agent. Lele had been adverse to the whole idea until she sees a photo shoot of popular American model Angus Lanson, and she begins to see modeling as an art form. When Aunt Fei Hong’s magazine editor invites Angus Lanson to a meeting of all the top fashion ambassadors, Lele is invited to meet him and is very curious. She does not know that Angus’s twin elder brother, Eros Lanson, is secretly accompanying his brother. This leads to confusion and is the start of a charming story of Lele’s goals: fashion in NYC, becoming a top model, and love? [Source: MU]

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Ingenuo (1998-2004)

Creator: RYAN

Synopsis

Ding Jiayu dreams of being a photographer. Her idol is none other than Yung Jo. When Yung Jo’s photography company holds an audition to find a new photographer, Jiayu decides to take a chance. The thing is, Yung Jo’s company doesn’t hire women, so Jiayu has no choice but to dress up as a man and enter. Yung Jo takes great interest in Jiayu’s talent and makes her his apprentice. It may seem like a dream to work with your idol, but for Jiayu, it’s nothing of the sort. She takes a beating from Yung Jo every day, and since all the crew members think she is a guy… [Source: MU]

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Lonesome Eden (2007-2008)

Creator: Nan Kong-Yuu

Synopsis

The protagonist is God’s beloved puppet who lives in a huge garden. Out of loneliness, the puppet seeks company. God grants that, but with certain conditions… [Source: MU]

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Lovely Everywhere (2009-2010)

Creator: Ke Li

Synopsis

Tong Danwei is a high school freshman with romantic dreams about the boy she is fated to meet. While on the way home from picking up groceries, she runs into a pretty boy, and that’s where our story begins. Will she find love in high school? And more importantly, will any boy be able to overlook the fact that although she is in high school, she still looks like an elementary student? [Source: MU]

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Make a Wish! Daxi (2011-2014)

Creator: Ke LI

Synopsis

Gao Da Xi is a notorious delinquent youth; only Teacher Dai dares to challenge him. When Teacher Dai has to go and take care of his hospitalized daughter, he has no choice but to bring Da Xi along; this is the first time Da Xi and Tian Le meet. After this, Da Xi meets another boy who claims to be called “Angel” at the hospital. Angel says that as long as Da Xi promises him one condition, Da Xi will be granted one wish. What would his wish be? [Source: MU]

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Youth Gone Wild (1997-2003)

Creator: Nicky Lee

Synopsis

Yating was working in a recording company until she was fired by her boss (a famous movie actress with a spoiled temperament). Discouraged and jobless, Yating decided to work in a pub where a famous group called “Gangster” regularly played. Along the way, she gets to meet this guy who has the most divine voice. Yating’s luck then began to change when her uncle decides to retire and set up his own record company. He asks her to join in his ambition to create the most famous rock group in Taiwan. This is the story of how Yating, being the new manager, tried to create the ultimate rock band! [Source: MU]

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The Prince’s Cactus (2007-2009)

Creator: Xu Ci (author) & Misha (artist)

Synopsis

It’s the 21st century already, and yet, there is still someone referred to as a “Prince”!? Born to a small European country, his mother is of royalty there His father, on the other hand, heir to the prosperous European shipping industry is a descendant of Queen Victoria. Since birth, Elian has been groomed to be the crown prince, filled with natural confidence… (Then again, he could have been born this way). To put it bluntly, he’s an arrogant person. Dania, on the other hand, is a girl whose father has left her for another woman, and she has to work for a living. However, her sister gets married to Elian’s father, and she attends the wedding in Greece. There she meets him for the first time… [Source: MU]

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Butterfly Read Book (2007)

Creator: Min-Xuan Lin

Synopsis

In the ‘Dream Bookshop’that specializes in antique books, there is a mysterious and beautiful shop mistress. If she recommends you a book, please do not reject her, because it is a love story that belongs solely to you. The female protagonist, Xiao Deah, received a wordless book. This book caused a misunderstanding and now Deah is the pretend girlfriend of school idol and soccer captain, Hu Ke Jun?! Will Deah and Hu Ke Jun become a true couple? [Source: MU]

Knight Princess (2005)

Creator: Xiao-Jing Cen

Yashi has wandered with her father for 14 years, and only now has she discovered that her mother is Bocinia’s current queen. To see her mother, from whom she was separated when she was just an infant, she and her father enter the palace, but she never thought she would accidentally run into the Princess of Bocinia, and then become her bodyguard by mistake… [Source: MU]

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Scarlet Cross (2012-2015)

Creator: San Yue Tu

Synopsis

Destiny or a beautiful mistake? Tension will spread through the school… Amid this tension, an exciting vampire dance will begin. [Source: MU]

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Ardour (2004)

Creator: Wu Rou Xuan

Synopsis

Ardour is the hottest pop boy band out there. All members, Sheng Ye, A Yao, and Wei, have the looks, skills, and talents that any fans would want. Lian You Yi is a normal 15 years old girl who does not know about Ardour, even though her father is the manager of the popular boy band. Due to her father’s inability to take care of the band, You Yi is offered to be Ardour’s new manager. You Yi accepts the offer because if she didn’t, then her father would be fired! However, what she does not know about are Ardour member’s cocky attitudes! How will You Yi manage this band? What will You Yi do to keep her father’s job? And will one of the boys show kindness to her and will romance spark? [Source: MU]

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Wedding (2006-2010)

Creator: Yu-Chin Lin

Synopsis

Whoever said that if your life is too fortunate, you have to marry an ugly person?! Because of a fortune teller’s silly prediction, Yang Mimi suffers from awful suitors. The faces of the men her father brings home grow more and more startling… Does Mimi have to give up her happiness in this way? As if she’ll let that happen! If Mimi is to find happiness, she’ll have to find her husband! It doesn’t matter who, as long as his face doesn’t make her gasp! [Source: MU]

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Dong Meng (2007)

Creator: Ke Xin

Synopsis

Hui-Dong, a high school girl who wanted to diet so badly because Dai-Xi always teases her about it. But Dai-Xi just teases her because he likes her and he never thought she would take it seriously. Hui-Dong took many kinds of diet pills but none of them worked. So she ate this kind of pill that is so strong that it was against the law to eat them. And because of extreme running and the pills, she died of a weak heart. But somehow her soul never went to heaven, instead, she stayed in the living world. Until she met an angel that put her soul into Dai-Xi’s doll. But Dai-Xi soon found out about it and he… [Source: MU]

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Little Witch Diary (2005-2006)

Creator: Yi Huan & Li Tong

Synopsis

A failed youth pill turns the pretty Pozsi, a resident witch of FairyLand, into a little girl. She is dating the handsome and kind Prince Yvrin, but how will he react when he sees his beloved Pozsi as a child? Is there a cure? This series references many popular fairy tale stories by mixing in its little twists and showing these popular tales from a whole new perspective, the perspective of a witch! [Source: MU]

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Qing Qo Yi Sheng Yi Shi Lian (2015-2017)

Creator: Da Mangguo

Synopsis

Ah-Li is the apprentice of the Daoist Qiu Jue and they roam the country exercising demons. It is not until they reach the capital that they hear of the suspicious ghost mansion owned by the seemingly richest man in the capital! Just what is going on in there? Ah-Li will not rest until she finds out (though her master doesn’t want to bother about it?!) [Source: MU]

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Billion Princess (2007-2010)

Creator: Yu Jia-Yan

Synopsis

Haruka’s father is the owner of one of the largest media companies in Asia. She is beautiful, rich, and popular so she is considered a modern-day princess. Even though Haruka is being railroaded into an arranged marriage by her mother, our princess is in a secret relationship with the famous male singer Kage, who is represented by her father’s company. Working at her father’s company is Ten, an errand boy with dreams of becoming a songwriter, who also happens to adore Haruka. The trio’s lives are entangled when an unexpected death happens. [Source: MU]

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Provence (2004)

Creator: Nicky Lee

Synopsis

Provence is a popular cafe that is owned by brother and sister, Hayes and Hayumi. Many young girls come to Provence just to meet Hayes. In the first story, we meet Yune who is a high school student who illustrates children’s books, who is enamored of Hayes. Will she be able to confess how she feels? [Source: MU]

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Fen Yue (2005-2007)

Creator: Qing-Hui Lin

Synopsis

Duan Cheng Feng’s aunt is one of the emperor’s concubines. To keep her high-ranking status, she gives the emperor a child, but to her dismay, it’s a girl! She tries to convince her family to exchange the female baby for their nephew. To avoid it, the young boy’s parents fake a serious illness to make her give up her plan. But she won’t let a minor detail like that get in her way… [source: MU]

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Scarlet Palace (2010-2014)

Creator: Yi Huan

Synopsis

As the war-torn kingdoms vie for power in Ancient China, a deadly yet beautiful struggle also emerges in the seraglio of King Xun, the King of Ding! To gain the terrifying King Xun’s favor, Ninghu’s family is determined to make her the future Queen, but King Xun is not interested in his concubines at all. Not willing to become just another neglected concubine, Ninghu disguises herself as a eunuch servant to her brother Yuanren. However, the moment that she enters the Scarlet Palace, Lingyu, the most influential and favored eunuch, suspects that she is a girl and begins to investigate her. King Xun is absent from the palace, and as time goes on, Lingyu and Ninghu become more and more attracted to each other. Could they have fallen in love with each other?! [Source: MU]

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Psychic Princess (2017)

Creator: Rou Rou

Synopsis

Lady Qian Yunxi from the prime minister’s mansion had supernatural energy since her childhood, and she was kept in Lingyun Mountain because she was considered an ominous girl. When she was 16, she substituted her younger sister Qian Yunshang and married into the Night King Mansion. It was said that the Night King was eccentric, cool, and cruel. What sufferings would Qian Yunxi encounter… [Source: WeComics]

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Prince, Don’t Do This! (2016)

Creator: Dong Man Tang

Synopsis

In order to fulfill her mission of bringing peace to her homeland, the Uyghur Princess Amelia travels to Chang’an and marries Emperor Dezong of Tang’s ninth prince, Li Qian. While she had been considered very capable in her homeland, the complex and foreign customs of the Tang court are something else entirely; and although she had not expected love in a political marriage, the sheer disinterest and arrogance of her husband are very hard to handle, no matter how capable and handsome he may be. Securing peace between the Uyghur Khaganate and the Tang Empire is not going to be easy, especially with a rebellion taking place in Tang. [Source: MU]

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Real Fake Princess (2002)

Creator: Yi Huan

Synopsis

The story begins during the Sung Dynasty of

ancient China. The country is in great chaos due to the infamous Jin Kang Rebellion. Fearing the possible destruction that is sure to ensue, Concubine Liu tearfully entrusts the care of her baby daughter, Princess Yi Fu, to a common citizen named Tang Hui. Tang Hui immediately escapes with the princess to the south. And so, Princess Yi Fu’s whereabouts become a mystery. Now, ten years later, the Tang has returned to power, and the great family wishes for all exiled family members to return. But Zi Li is happy with her life. She knows that returning means giving up her love; for a peasant could never court a princess. And courtship between a princess and a palace warrior is equally frowned upon. But that does little to quell the fire that burns inside Zhong Lu—a famed warrior charged with the task of finding and restoring the princess to the throne. [Source: DrMaster]

Further Recommendations

Here are some more Chinese romance manhua recommendations that you guys might find interesting and fall in love with.

  • Xing Qui Shi Tian Kong De Dao Lu
  • The Apothecary Diaries
  • In Full Bloom
  • Angel Myth
  • Love Gashapon
  • Li Ren Man
  • Quick Witted Boy
  • Bo Li Xie Zhi Yue
  • Spirit of the Ocean
  • Vampire Master
  • The Pearl Grudge

 

Alright, these are all our top recommended romance Chinese manhua. Have you guys read any of these series? What are your thoughts about them? Would you like them to be adapted into a donghua (Chinese animation)? We had seen Psychic Princess, The Demonic King Who Chases His Wife, and The Memory of Changán gets a Chinese anime adaptation, so I believe it’ll be amazing to see the rest adapted too. Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below and if you wish to get updates from us, subscribe to our newsletters now.

 

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