19 Best Contract Marriage Chinese Dramas - kdramaplanet

19 Best Contract Marriage Chinese Dramas - kdramaplanet

Here are the 17 best contract marriage Chinese dramas about fake, arranged, forced, contract, or pretend marriages!
17 Best Contract Marriage Chinese D...
17 Best Contract Marriage Chinese Dramas

Here are the 17 best contract marriage Chinese dramas for those of you who are looking for a series with this interesting theme. Whether it’s a C-drama about fake, arranged, forced, contract, or pretend marriage, they give similar vibes and you will like them for sure!

17 Best Contract Marriage Chinese Dramas :

  1. Perfect and Casual
  2. Begin Again
  3. Intense Love
  4. Unforgettable Love
  5. General’s Lady
  6. The Sword and The Brocade
  7. Legend of Yun Xi
  8. Oh! My Sweet Liar!
  9. The Sleepless Princess
  10. You are My Destiny
  11. The Love by Hypnotic
  12. Princess Silver
  13. Time Teaches Me to Love
  14. I Hear You
  15. The Song of Glory
  16. Hold On, My Lady
  17. Cinderella Chef

17. Cinderella Chef

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Here’s a fake marriage Chinese drama for all of those who like the time-travel genre! “Cinderella Chef” centers on a girl who travels back in time to another period, where she wakes up as the daughter of a magistrate. All of a sudden, she is kidnapped and is arranged to marry the leader of these bandits.

Watching this series, you will enjoy the character development, the interesting character of the outrageous and flirty female lead, as well as double identity secrecy. Each of both leads here has their hidden identity, which adds more intrigue to the story!

  • Episodes: 56
  • Duration: 38 min.
  • Cast: Zhong Dan Ni, Bie Thassapak Hsu

16. Hold On, My Lady

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This forced marriage C-drama revolves around a female bandit who teams up with her mates to steal the birthday gift for some important figure. However, their team is caught and is given two options: me executed or get married to the son of the one who caught them. Similar to many other similar dramas, the relationship of leads evolves from hate to love.

Although it’s your typical hate-to-love relationship series (which is natural for arranged marriage dramas), it’s not that cliche in some other aspects. For example, although the male lead here is rich and everything, the story doesn’t emphasize it. Also, the female lead has quite a strong personality, not a weak character.
If you want to watch a fast-paced sweet love story (this one is only 4 hours long), check out “Hold On, My Lady”.

  • Episodes: 12
  • Duration: 20 min.
  • Cast: Yakisa, Gao Zi Tian, Han Qing, Zhao Yi Ming

15. The Song of Glory

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This C-drama is set in the Liu Song Dynasty and is about Liu Yikang, a real historical figure who opposed aristocrats during the turbulent era. The drama tells us how he tried to go bring peace to the nation opposing the most powerful noble families who plotted against him.
Many events and characters here are fictionalized. In the drama, the young emperor agrees to a marriage alliance, but the bride and her family are fictionalized. So, the emperor strengthens his position by marrying a daughter with military roots. Together with his brilliant wife, they face the most corrupt clans of the country and try to defeat them.

If you enjoy watching how villains outsmart righteous guys, you will find “The Song of Glory” quite enjoyable. However, if you are very empathic towards good characters, you may feel much frustration. Also, you will enjoy it if you don’t expect it to be something revolutionary – it’s quite a cliche (loss of memory, accidental kisses, falling off a cliff but still surviving, and so on) and the ending is open to your guesses.

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  • Episodes: 53
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Li Qin, Qin Hao, Jasson Gu

14. I Hear You

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This story follows a girl who has a dream to study in another country to become a voice actress. However, instead of achieving her dreams, she continuously goes on blind dates arranged by her mother. In desperation to find the money for all her needs without having to marry a rich guy from a blind date, she joins a couple reality TV show. There, she crosses paths with a genius man who joined the show because of a lost bet to his nephew.

If you are in the mood for an easy-to-watch series with typical drama elements, then give it a try! “I Hear You” is similar to “Go-Go Squid” and “Love O2O” and follows a well-known drama formula of an aloof rich man and a poor girl.

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  • Episodes: 24
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Riley Wang, Zhao Lu Si

13. Time Teaches Me to Love

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Here’s a contract marriage Chinese drama for those of you who want something quick and super sweet. The story is cliche but check it out if you like rich CEO saving poor girl hate to love type of stories.

“Time Teaches Me to Love” centers on a contractual relationship between a cute not-so-smart girl and a childish CEO of a company. The girl signs the contract to pay the medical bills of her younger brother. She doesn’t know yet that this contract is the beginning of her romantic story.

  • Episodes: 24
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Jerry Yan, Ireine Song

12. Princess Silver

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This contract marriage Chinese drama is about the story of a Crown Princess with amnesia. However, she doesn’t believe blindly in everything she is told and becomes suspicious of her real past. She is arranged to be married to a prince, but he refuses the proposal once he meets her. So, the princess cross-dresses as a tea house owner and follows her some other plans. However, she crosses her paths with the prince again. This time, he finds himself falling in love with the one he rejected (without even realizing she is the princess, not a tea house owner).

If you avoid dramas with stupid and annoying characters and misunderstandings, if you prefer seriousness, then consider watching “Princess Silver”. It will amaze you with its intense romance, brilliant character development, as well as gracious sword fight choreography. Moreover, here you won’t be able to help but have mixed feelings about the second male lead. He is a controversial character and adds spice to the series.

  • Episodes: 58
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Zhang Xue Ying, Aarif Rahman, Jing Chao, Luo Yun Xi, Chen Xin Yu

11. The Love by Hypnotic

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This pretend marriage Asian series is about a princess and a prince who have completely different personalities. The princess is arranged to marry the prince from another neighborhood. However, once they meet in person, the free-spirited girl wants to break the engagement.

One day, the princess tries to hypnotize her husband-to-be to manipulate him but activates his lost memories instead.
Surprised by the newly-discovered memories from the past, the prince asks the princess to marry him on the condition that she helps him to recall his memories. He doesn’t know yet that his brother doesn’t want him to remember anything and has been scheming against him all this time.

If you pay much attention to cinematography while watching the series and enjoy breath-taking sceneries, make sure you check out “The Love By Hypnotic”. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also quite fast-paced and won’t make you skip scenes. On the contrary, it’s so mysterious and action-packed that you won’t be bored for a second.

  • Episodes: 36
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Alen Fang, Ling Mei Shi

10. You Are My Destiny

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This story follows a shy admin assistant and a handsome and smart heir of some big conglomerate. Although they are from different worlds, they are united during cruise ship travel. Somehow, a misunderstanding leads to their one-night stand. Back on land, the leads face the consequences of their encounter. It turns out that the female lead is pregnant! So, the family of our rich guy makes him agree to contact marriage. According to the agreement, once the child is born, the father is to be divorced with her and the baby is to remain with him. Meanwhile, he would marry again, but this time the woman he is in love with, a dancer.
Broken-hearted, the pretend bride runs away to Hungary to her male friend. He is a reliable person and even falls for her. However, it’s not easy for him to show his feelings, since our male lead shows up again.

The plot of “You Are My Destiny” is not something new, but it is enjoyable and makes you want to continue watching. Watch this C-drama and you will see how the deep feelings of love and pain can exist not only in a long-term relationship!

  • Episodes: 36
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Xing Zhao Lin, Liang Jie, Jinna Fu, Li Jiu Lin

9. The Sleepless Princess

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This forced marriage C-drama is about a 9th princess who has suffered from insomnia from the very childhood. Unexpectedly, she is arranged to marry a general. He wants to find out the truth behind the death of his older brother, and his young bride helps him on this difficult path. While investigating the case together, they begin a torrid affair.

If you are looking for a super-fast drama that would give you an emotional roller coaster, check out “The Sleepless Princess”. The leads here are constantly going back and forth in a relationship. However, despite everything they go through, they are together. So, even though the series is about an arranged marriage, the relationship of the main couple is quite secure.

  • Episodes: 35
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Zheng Ye Cheng, Hu Yi Xuan

8. Oh! My Sweet Liar!

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This pretend relationship Chinese drama centers on a female painter. She secretly enters the home of a powerful family to draw a copy of some important item. Unfortunately for her, she failed to escape unnoticed. Only when almost arrested, she manages to escape punishment thanks to the heir of that family. They lie to everyone that the girl is pregnant with his child. The guy is interested in this arranged marriage to escape another arranged marriage with the girl from the family he wants to avoid.

You will be surprised to know that “Oh! My Sweet Liar!” is different from other pretend marriage dramas in at least one thing for sure: the female lead confesses her feelings to the male lead before the arranged marriage! Don’t be afraid that it is cheesy or melodramatic. It’s quite a believable TV series – sometimes dramatic and sometimes really sweet and funny.

  • Episodes: 29
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Xia Ning Jun, Xiong Xi Ruo, Lan Bo, Caren Kang

7. Legend of Yun Xi

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This arranged marriage Chinese series follows the daughter of an imperial doctor who is to be married to the younger brother of the King. The Emperor doesn’t trust his own brother and even doubts that he is his relative. So, he decides to weaken him by arranging for him to be married to an “ugly” doctor lady. But in reality, she is a warm woman with great talents. Since she is from a family of doctors, she knows many things about poisons. You will see many secrets here: the secret of the male lead, the King’s schemes, those of his sons, as well as those from numerous kingdoms.

Watching “Legend of Yun Xi”, you will laugh and cry throughout the episodes. You will be touched by the plot, the main couple, and also the second male lead (love triangle here). Regardless of all the problems the two main leads face, they don’t have any really angsty scenes.

  • Episodes: 48
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Ju Jing Yi, Zhang Zhe Han, Yalkun Merxat, Hu Bing

6. The Sword and The Brocade

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Here’s another story about a general and a concubine’s daughter that starts from an arranged marriage. Although the female lead here is born with low status, she genuinely believes that a woman should be free and not limited to the household. However difficult it may be for her, she gains the trust of her new family despite all biases towards her. Moreover, the girl manages to find love in an arranged relationship with a man who has multiple spouses.

Some viewers may be discouraged to watch this Chinese series because of not being able to tolerate a polygamous relationship. However, you should understand that this drama tries to realistically portray ancient Chinese society, and polygamy was normal back then. The drama introduces us to the period when women were suppressed and were seen as servants of men. It’s not your typical love at first sight romance. However, it does give you a one man-one woman story closer to the end. Watch “The Sword and The Brocade” if you want to see the realistic portrayal of aristocratic families of that era, politics, as well as Confucius values.

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  • Episodes: 45
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Wallace Chung, Tan Song Yun

5. General’s Lady

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This forced marriage C-drama revolves around a ruthless general and a daughter of a royal family concubine. Initially, it’s her sister who should marry the general. However, she goes in her place, since her sister is afraid to marry the “devil”. So, to help her family, the female lead marries that man and moves far away from her home. Gradually, she gets to know her husband, their feelings towards each other grow. However, it’s a challenge for the girl to get used to the new place and earn trust and respect from others. Moreover, the army of her husband encounters problems and the girls’ parents are held hostage, while she is ordered to spy. How will the couple go through all these problems?

«General’s Lady” doesn’t focus on one specific topic, it follows the story of a passionate couple and has a bunch of kissing scenes. So, you don’t have to think twice about whether to watch this series or not!

  • Episodes: 30
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Tang Min, Caesar Wu

4. Unforgettable Love

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Here’s a fake marriage Chinese series that centers on a typical rational man who is the CEO of some company and a considerate, soft woman who is a child psychologist. Moreover, the male lead here is a single father who encounters difficulties in disciplining his child. One day, he gets acquainted with a child psychologist who treats his beloved child just like a mother. Seeing this, the male lead wants her to sign a contract according to which she would become a pretend mother (and a pretend wife, accordingly) and would receive a high compensation in return. He doesn’t know yet that he is already falling for his contract wife.

Watch “Unforgettable Love” if you want to watch how a fake couple wants to give a child a complete family but eventually become a real family. This is a story about mature characters, each with their flaws. It’s light, funny, and totally enjoyable!

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  • Episodes: 24
  • Duration: 41 min.
  • Cast: Miles Wei, Hu Yi Xuan

3. Intense Love

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This arranged relationship Chinese drama revolves around a popular actress and a brilliant doctor. They are unhappy with their parent’s idea of their arranged marriage. Despite her beauty, rising popularity, and flirting skills, the actress has never been in a relationship. Although smart and rich, the male lead also has always been single. Even though women are crazy about him, he doesn’t care about them.

Watch “Intense Love” if you are looking for a light story with positive vibes. Chances are you will love this series even if you are not into super fluffy stories. Although the story is not something super new, the acting and execution make the drama super entertaining to watch. Moreover, it’s interesting to watch how the woman makes a move on the CEO, not vice versa.

  • Episodes: 24
  • Duration: 45 min
  • Cast: Zhang Yu Xi, Ding Yu Xi

2. Begin Again

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Here’s a contract marriage Chinese series that follows a domineering businesswoman. The female lead here is a beautiful, successful, and forceful CEO of a large home furniture corporation. She is about to turn 30, the age when society puts a lot of pressure on women. They are expected to have families and so on. Our female lead surrenders to that pressure and suddenly wants to find a husband and have a child.

That’s when she coincidentally crosses paths with a quiet good-looking doctor. In her eyes, he is the perfect variant of her husband, so she is determined to approach him. Eventually, they end up in a pretend relationship where they learn how to fall in love.

If you want to watch a marriage convenience C-drama with many cute relationship moments and no angst, give it a shot! “Begin Again” doesn’t have an annoying antagonist or a love triangle (it stops halfway through). There’s no continuous annoying break-up make-up, jealousy, or obsessive behavior. On the contrary, we’ve got loving parents, interesting side characters, and character growth.

  • Episodes: 35
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Zhou Yu Tong, Gong Jun, Garvey Jin, Wu Man Si

1. Perfect and Casual

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Here’s one of the best contract marriage Chinese dramas where we have a typical clumsy female lead and a brainy but extremely cold male lead. “Perfect and Casual” is your typical teacher/student relationship story, but the quality of the characters and the lack of super ridiculous misunderstandings make this C-drama different from other similar cliche series. Here, we have not only the story of the main couple, but also several intriguing side stories.

The main story follows two opposites – a very logical professor who is literally like a computer analyzing everything and a cheerful girl, the student of statistics. The girl is shocked to realize he is her university lecturer, since she has already met him and probably hasn’t left a good impression of herself. They coincidentally bump into each other all the time, and later even end up in a fake marriage. They are forced to do so for the sake of the professor’s grandpa. Over time, their pretend relationship grows into something more. Will they accept their feelings or keep them to themselves?

  • Episodes: 24
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Cast: Miles Wei, Xu Ruo Han

More Contract Marriage Chinese Dramas:

  • Time Teaches Me to Love
  • Well-Intended Love
  • For Married Doctress
  • Trial Marriage
  • Princess at Large
  • Pretty Man

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