10 Most Tragic Chinese Dramas To Watch When You Want To Ugly Cry

Sometimes, letting out your big, ugly tears is the most cathartic moment, and there’s nothing that quite activates the tear ducts like sad Chinese dramas – I mean, who doesn’t like a good cry now and then?

If this sounds like you, then I do believe you’ll enjoy the Chinese dramas that will make you cry that I’ve listed in this post.

These sad Chinese dramas either have the most tragic storyline, or they’re downright heartbreaking. 

1. Goodbye My Princess

In this tragic Chinese drama with a sad ending, the 9th Princess of Western Liang, Xiao Feng, journeys to the Central Plains for a political marriage with the Crown Prince. 

Their union is fraught with danger and memories yet to be revealed, as they navigate a world of deadly power plays and hidden emotions.

When I say the ending of this sad Cdrama broke me, I’m not kidding – you guys, I was crying, screaming, and shrieking by the time the credits rolled, and I’ll recommend this drama if you’re in the mood for a bittersweet Chinese with a sad ending. 

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2. My Dear Guardian

Xia Chu, a composed military surgeon, crosses paths with Liang Muze, a hardened, prickly officer known as the ‘ice mountain.’ 

As they fulfil their responsibilities together, love blossoms in the most unforeseen circumstances – Perhaps it was the rescue from bandits or simply the constant proximity that ignited their hearts.

Destiny has a way of weaving romance into their lives, and I believe this is a perfect pick if you’re looking for an interesting Chinese drama that will make you cry.  

3. The Promise of Chang’An

In the fictional realm of Sheng, He Lan Ming Yu and the 9th Prince, Xiao Cheng Xu, fall in love, but, fate forces Ming Yu to marry Cheng Xu’s jealous older brother, King Xiao Cheng Rui. 

After a series of events, Cheng Xu aims to take revenge and seize the throne and yet, Cheng Rui’s death leads to his son, Xiao Qi Yuan, becoming the new ruler. 

All this plays out while Cheng Xu strives to help Qi Yuan and mend his relationship with Ming Yu amidst challenges and deep-seated resentment.

4. Ashes Of Love

The Flower Deity, Zi Fen, dies after giving birth to Jin Mi, and fearing a fatal love m, Zi Fen gives her an ‘Unfeeling Pill’ to prevent romantic feelings. 

Locked within the Flower Realm, Jin Mi grows up longing to explore the outside world. 

And when she meets Xu Feng, the Fire Deity, her adventure and love trial begin as they journey through realms, encountering immortals and demons.

While the ending of this tearjerker Cdrama was more tragic rather than sad, many episodes still delivered some moments that had me full-on bawling my eyes out. 

Also see: 20 Romantic Wuxia & Xianxia Chinese Dramas to Watch With Friends

5. Legend Of Fuyao

Fu Yao’s life began as an orphan, destined to serve as a slave for the Xuan Yuan sect and, soon, she embarked on a quest across vast lands to break the curse that plagued her existence. 

Along this arduous path, fate intertwines her heart with the Crown Prince of Tianquan, Zhang Sun Wu Ji, kindling a love that defied all odds. 

6. Love and Redemption

Love and redemption cdrama

In a world of ancient battles between demons and the heavens, the Star of Mosha and the God of War are sent to Earth for redemption. 

Chu Xuan Ji, deprived of her senses, befriends Yu Si Feng, a skilled disciple, and four years later, their paths reunite, triggering memories and revealing secrets that shake the three realms – demon, heavenly, and mortal. 

Now, their love and fate hang in the balance, and I really can’t stress how much this super sad Chinese drama impacted me. 

While the ending is bittersweet but still as tragic, I felt utterly blown away by this emotional Chinese drama and I don’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants a good and romantic Xianxia drama. 

7. Eternal Love

Mo Lian Cheng, the 8th prince, is forced to marry Qu Tan Er, who loves his brother. 

Before the wedding, Qu Tan Er tries to end her life but wakes up with another soul in her body, and she soon finds that they switch control based on lies and unconsciousness. 

Mo Lian Cheng falls in love with the new soul, Xiao Tan, who tries to return to her time without success, and what unfolds after is a bittersweet tale of love and longing in this adaptation of the novel Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait for Your Divorce by Fan Que.

Also see: 16 Must-See Romantic Chinese Dramas About Forced Marriage

8. Journey of Flower

In this sorrowful and emotional Chinese drama filled with love and loss, Hua Qian Gu loses her parents in the most tragic way. 

Possessing a unique ability to attract demons, she seeks help at the Chiang Lu sect, where she meets Bai Zi Hua, a gentle yet cold-hearted man who becomes her teacher and lover. 

Along the way, she encounters other romantic interests, Dong Fang Yu Qing and Sha Qian Mo, adding twists to her destiny.

I’ll be honest: Journey Of Flower is the perfect Chinese drama to watch if you want a good cry, and it’s genuinely one of the most super sad dramas I’ve watched to date. 

The ending quite literally gutted me, and I just know you’ll enjoy this heartbreaking Chinese drama if you want something that’s tragically beautiful. 

9. One And Only

Amidst political turmoil and tragic events, Zhou Sheng Chen and Cui Shi Yi find solace in each other’s company. 

He, a battle-hardened general, accepts her as his disciple to mend the royal family’s broken ties with the Cui family. 

And despite their differences, they form a strong bond, but their principles and responsibilities keep them apart. 

10. Love You Like Oceans and Mountains

Xia Rui Ning is a confident student studying ancient art at Xiling University, and she becomes friends with two brothers, Ye Lin and Ye Miao, who have a family collection of ancient scrolls and artefacts. 

Rui Ning also meets Shen Zhen, the spoiled daughter of her former nanny, who is interested in the brothers’ art collection. 

As they work together to restore ancient paintings, complicated relationships and emotions arise. 

Now, Rui Ning faces a tough choice between her friends and someone she’s falling for, and this is another legit interesting and sad Chinese drama you don’t want to miss. 

The dramas on this list are sweet but they leave an almost painful bite once you’re done watching – proceed with caution and make sure to check out the trigger warnings. 

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