The five best Chinese soap operas blend a range of genres, including romance, comedy, martial arts action, and family relationships. Some of the programs are currently broadcast on television networks in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Others are available for computer download or viewing online, and some include English subtitles. Viewers can find them through a focused Internet search.

  1. “A Kindred Spirit.” The popular Chinese soap opera, “A Kindred Spirit,” aired between 1995 and 1999. It revolves around the a Chinese family who operate a restaurant in Happy Valley, Hong Kong. The popular series stars Louise Lee, Lau Dan, Nancy Sit, and Kwan Hoi San.

  2. “Return Of The Condor Heroes.” “Return Of The Conder Heroes” is a soap opera based on a Jin Yong novel of the same name. The focus is a young couple in love, and a world that despises a taboo love between master and apprentice. The 1983 television series stars Andy Lau, Idy Chan, and Albert Au.

  3. “Virtues Of Harmony.” “Virtues Of Harmony” is a Chinese comedy-drama that aired between 2001 and 2005. The long-running series follows the wealthy Kam family during a prosperous time in the Ming Dynasty. The beloved soap opera stars Nancy Sit, Yvonne Lam, Bondi Chiu, and Cutie Mui.

  4. “A Watchdog’s Tale.” “A Watchdog’s Tale” is a new Chinese drama that debuted in 2010. Starring Keng Cheng, Steven Ma, Linda Chung, and Raymond Wong, the show centers on a policeman in a police dog unit and his veterinarian daughter.

  5. “Wo Ju.” “Wo Ju,” known as “Dwelling Narrowness” in English, is a popular Chinese soap opera from 2009. The title’s literal meaning is “Snail House.” The drama focuses on two sisters living in a fictional city that resembles Shanghai, and it stars Hai-Qing, Jia-yi Zhang, and Zhang Wen.