Top 19 Must-Watch Chinese Dramas with Fake Relationships
There’s nothing quite like a fake relationship storyline to keep viewers hooked on a Chinese drama – and I daresay this is a shared sentiment.
From hilarious misunderstandings to heartfelt moments, the fake relationship turned real romance trope never fails to deliver.
In this post, I’ve curated a list of the best fake relationship Chinese dramas that will have you binge-watching for hours. Get ready to find your next obsession!
Here are the best fake relationship Chinese dramas to add to your watchlist:
1. Perfect and Casual
In this lighthearted tale, Yun Shu’s blunt and cheery personality clashes with her university professor, Zhang Si Nian, who’s as cold as ice.
And when they stumble into a contract marriage – she to get a house and him to appease his grandfather – their relationship takes a surprising turn.
As they navigate their growing feelings for each other, they must also keep their love hidden from prying eyes.
This is one Chinese drama about a fake relationship that I can vouch for a hundred times over.
From little things like having breakfast together to jealousy over work colleagues, it was so sweet and cute watching them navigate these uncharted territories.
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2. Well Intended Love
Xia Lin, a third-rate actress diagnosed with leukemia, needs help with her treatment, and after illegally finding the lone compatible (but unwilling) donor, she tracks down Ling Yi Zhou, who turns out to be a wealthy CEO, and agrees to a secret marriage in exchange for a bone marrow transplant to save her career – while she helps him make his grandmother happy.
As they navigate through conspiracies and misunderstandings, Xia Lin and Ling Yi Zhou develop true love and find a way to make their relationship work.
This is another beautifully crafted contract marriage Chinese drama that gave me all the major feels and I know you’ll love it.
3. Love In Time
Su Jia Nan, a former social outcast turned successful writer, is pulled back into her past when a family inheritance struggle threatens her dreams.
With few options, Jia Nan turns to her high school tormentor, CEO Lu Bo Yan, for help.
In exchange for his assistance, they enter into a fake marriage, which soon becomes complicated by their own personal problems.
Now, they have to overcome their past and present obstacles to find a way to make their arrangement work, and it was absolutely amazing watching these two fumble their way through new love in this fake marriage Chinese drama.
4. Cute Programmer
Lu Li falls in love with programming genius Jiang Yi Cheng and enrolls in his school, determined to be like him, but upon graduation, she faces a harsh reality: Yi Cheng’s company doesn’t hire women.
Desperate to work with him, Lu Li disguises herself as a man and secures a contract position.
Despite Yi Cheng’s demanding nature and her efforts to hide her true identity, Lu Li perseveres and secures an agreement to be a contract couple with Yi Cheng for one year.
As they spend more time together, Yi Cheng finds himself falling for Lu Li, leading to an unexpected romance.
5. Once We Get Married
As a fashion shopper running a small online shop, Gu Xi Xi purchases Alex’s couture wedding dresses for her clients. At a private reception, she meets Yin Si Chen, a kind-hearted CEO who came to discuss business with Alex.
After an awkward incident, they agree to a temporary contract marriage to benefit Alex’s business.
And, despite their opposite personalities, Gu Xi Xi and Yin Si Chen gradually develop feelings for each other, turning their contract marriage into a real one filled with love.
This is another absolutely beautiful Cdrama about a fake relationship where the leads find true love after marriage. Watch this for the feels, swoons, and feels!
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6. You Are My Destiny
On a Bahamian-bound cruise ship, Chen Jia Xin, an unassertive admin assistant, meets Wang Xi Yi, heir to a large toiletries conglomerate.
Their one-night stand is complicated by mistaken identities, but fate brings them together once back on land.
After she discovers she is pregnant, Jia Xin agrees to a contract marriage with Xi Yi with a divorce clause, but misunderstandings lead to a tragic event and Jia Xin runs away to Hungary where she becomes a potter.
Meanwhile, Xi Yi matures and Dylan searches for his sister.
A business deal later reunites Jia Xin and Xi Yi in Hungary, bringing their shared history and future possibilities back to life.
7. The Love By Hypnotic
In this enemies-to-lovers Chinese drama with the fake relationship trope, Princess Li Ming Yue is betrothed to Prince Zi, Li Qian of Beixuan, in an arranged marriage fostered by their parents.
But their first meeting doesn’t go smoothly, with Qian being highly disciplined and Ming Yue being free-spirited.
They both try to antagonize each other to break off the engagement. But, when Ming Yue hypnotizes Qian, his lost memories resurface, and he proposes a marriage of convenience to help him regain them.
Qian’s brother, Li Xun, wants to keep those memories buried, as they threaten his plans to become Crown Prince, and this series of events kick off a high-tension scramble for power between the brothers.
8. About Is Love
Wei Qing, a high-ranking executive with a severe case of OCD, has been searching for his princess to save him.
A traumatic incident from his past prevents him from interacting with women until he meets art student Zhou Shi.
A drunken encounter proves that he feels completely fine around her, leading to a romantic agreement between the two.
Despite obstacles and misunderstandings, their love story unfolds as they learn to understand each other and Wei Qing’s OCD.
9. Better A Lie Than A Truth
Qiao Mu Sheng and Su Nian, former high school classmates, reunite after years apart in this fake relationship Chinese drama.
Su Nian, a magazine editor, wants to interview Qiao Mu Sheng, who reluctantly reveals that he is not who he appears to be.
Su Nian is assigned to interview the CEO of a large business group, only to discover that it’s Qiao Mu Sheng, who has created a company that designs immersive escape rooms.
Although Qiao Mu Sheng has always harbored secret feelings for Su Nian, he’s now an emotionless executive, focused only on his business.
By a twist of fate, they both have terrible reactions to alcohol, but when they accidentally drink and wake up in the same bed, things get complicated.
Qiao Mu Sheng’s identical twin, Lu Jing Nian, helps them out by pretending to be Qiao Mu Sheng, but he and Su Nian end up posing as a fake couple to appease her family. As they navigate this web of lies, they wonder if love can ever find a way.
10. Cheat My Boss
Jiang Chu Chu is a fresh graduate chasing her dreams in the big city, and she’s also an internet star and owner of a small clothing company.
But when she encounters a wardrobe malfunction during a photo shoot, it leads to a bad review of a lingerie company.
This catches the attention of Luo Tian Yi, the CEO of the company. A misunderstanding leads to rumors that they’re a couple, but their relationship faces obstacles due to their different backgrounds.
As they face challenges in the international lingerie fashion scene, Chu Chu and her friends are determined to give it their all and succeed.
11. Hello Mr. Gu
In this Chinese drama, an introverted CEO who struggles with crowds finds himself in a contractual marriage with an impoverished heiress, and while they start off on the wrong foot due to their clashing personalities, they become each other’s closest confidants as time passes.
Their shared imperfections became the basis for a deep bond, as they helped one another to heal and grow. As they overcame challenges together, they found themselves falling deeply in love.
12. Just Fiancée
Gu Man Man, the fiancee of Max’s chairman Su Yu and daughter of the Gu family, suddenly disappears, and In his search for her, Su Yu meets Qiao Mai, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Gu Man Man.
To meet his grandfather’s demands, Su Yu asks Qiao Mai to pretend to be his fiancée until Gu Man Man is found.
As they work together to keep up the facade, they find their connection growing stronger, with their temporary relationship becoming more genuine every day.
13. Time Teaches Me To Love
To help her younger brother with his medical bills, Lin Lu enters into a contract relationship with the charismatic Shi Liansen.
As they navigate the terms of their agreement, Lin Lu’s daring nature challenges Liansen’s boundaries, leading to unexpected sparks between them.
Soon, their professional arrangement transforms into a budding romance that neither of them could have predicted.
Time Teaches Me To Love is another beautiful Chinese drama with some scenes that legitimately had me rolling on the floor with laughter. Chaotic in the best way, you’ll enjoy this if you want a romantic Chinese drama about a fake engagement.
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14. Your Sensibility My Destiny
While fleeing her pursuers, the eccentric Lin Chi stumbles onto the carriage of Mo Qing Chen, a lord with a unique disability – he can’t feel anything.
A chance encounter changes everything when Lin Chi’s touch awakens his senses, opening up a new world for him, and eager to see through with this newfound discovery, he proposes a fake relationship.
As they embark on a contractual agreement, their relationship evolves into a passionate romance that was simply stunning.
15. Time To Fall In Love
After a series of unfortunate events, Su Yan Xi agrees to stand in for her twin sister and enters a contract with the wealthy President Gu Xi Cheng to save her mother.
Truth is that she has no idea what’s in store for her, and soon her sunny disposition and positive outlook on life start to thaw Gu Xi Cheng’s cold exterior, revealing a caring and affectionate man underneath.
As their love grows stronger, Su Yan Xi is plagued by the burden of keeping her true identity a secret, and she realizes that she must find a way to maintain the bond they share without revealing the truth.
16. Romance With Blind Master
Ren Hao Ming’s life changes drastically when he loses his sight in a tragic accident. The once enviable existence he led is now a struggle as he needs assistance with everyday tasks.
Enter Ruan Qing Tian, who becomes his caretaker and later his wife. Though their relationship starts as that of master and servant, they grow closer as Hao Ming falls for her.
Despite the challenges they face, their love proves to be stronger than any obstacle that comes their way.
17. Conspiracy of Love
After losing her parents in a car crash, Xu Shu Bei is driven by a fierce desire for revenge.
To achieve her goal, she strategically approaches Sheng Yun, the successor of the ShengShi Group.
Little does she know; Sheng Yun is also a calculating man with his own hidden agenda.
As their complicated relationship unfolds, Xu Shu Bei finds herself entangled with both Sheng Yun and Xia Yin Wa, the daughter of the Xia family.
Despite their growing feelings for each other, Xu Shu Bei and Sheng Yun are hesitant to confess their love.
However, as she unravels a shocking secret involving memory implants, everything changes.
18. Unforgettable Love
He Qiao Yan, the CEO of Heshi Group, is known for his rational and indifferent demeanor.
Qin Yi Yue, a child psychologist, on the other hand, is soft-spoken, optimistic, considerate, and detail-oriented.
As they get to know each other, their relationship blossoms from a mere acquaintance to a beautiful romance.
This drama explores their journey as they navigate the ups and downs of falling in love and overcoming obstacles that threaten to tear them apart.
19. Trial Marriage
Dingzhuang Group’s CEO, Gu Ling Se, and Weilai Group’s figurehead, Ye Cheng Shu, enter into a contract engagement to resolve a crisis in the real estate industry.
But, their relationship takes a romantic turn after a kiss brought about by Quan’s interference.
As they fall in love, Ye Cheng Shu’s friend Jiang Han reveals his ambitions, putting the family business at risk.
This is the perfect Chinese drama about an arranged marriage where the leads find love after they’ve already started the fake relationship.
If you’re keen on watching something about business-minded people navigating the challenges of love and business, then you’re going to enjoy this one.
So there you have it – My top picks for the best fake relationship Chinese dramas that will have you hooked from the first episode!
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