Best Chinese BL Novels

20 Chinese BL Novel List: The Place Where It All Begins




Updated on: 01/10/2023

Do you like BL? Do you like Chinese aesthetics and its flowing vibe? Are you feeling stuck in modern concrete and want to escape to romantic land with Frivelent BL and crossing swords? Look no further. We have brought to you 20 Chinese BL Novels that quenches your thirst. These fantastic novels with an extravagant plot give you a more than satisfying experience and leave you wanting more. The digital screens might replace the papers, and burning electronics might replace the subtle smell of used paper. However, the excitement and thrill of reading a novel are preserved perfectly well.

20 Chinese BL Novels

Mo Dao Zu Shi - novel

20. Grandmaster of demonic cultivation/ Mo Dao Zu Shi

Status: Translation Completed, Link

This novel is written by the author Mo Xiang Tongxiu. This 113 chapters long novel with 13 extra chapters is one of the most popular Xianxia of all time. The fantasy plot and progress of this novel is extraordinarily elaborate and intricate at the same time. It has well-thought-out characters, and their three-dimensional personality makes you easily connect with them emotionally. Brotherhood, romance, and betrayal in the novel have exceptional and raw qualities without any unwanted scenarios. The true essence of the novel, everyone has their own story, is relatable and extremely thought inducing. Wei Wuxian, the main lead of the novel and his love interest Lan Wangji, are the typical opposites. However, they tie up their romance strongly and endearingly to the plot. This novel is adapted into a manga, anime, and drama named Untamed, all for a good reason. 

Heaven Official's Blessing - BL Chinese Novel19. Heaven Official’s Blessing

Status: Translation Completed, Link

This novel Heaven Official’s Blessing or Tian Guan Ci Fu is my personal favorite under the Xianxia tag. The leads Xie Lian and Hua Cheng are god and ghost, respectively. Author Mo Xiang Tong Xiu does not hold back on making the protagonist suffer. The three times fallen and scrap collecting god is just the tip of the iceberg in Xie Lian’s life. His endurance and patience are tested continuously again and again. The devoted love interest Hua Cheng increases our standards on men to alarming heights. Elaborate plot and breathtaking scenes make it a grand story to read. Pain and Tragedy play a key role, and it makes you tear up at 2 am. (Xanax) This novel also is being adapted into manhua, anime, and drama. Watching our loved ones suffer, and being helpless is a cruel thing; this plot highlights it most beautifully and sadly as possible.

Husky and his White Cat Shizun - BL Chinese Novel18. Husky and His White Cat Shizun

Status: Translation Completed, Link

Husky and his white cat Shizun is a Xianxia romance with a comedic undertone. The romance in this drama is between a teacher (Shizun) Chu Wanning and his disciple Mo Ran. Meat Ball doesn’t eat meat is the author of this novel and has done a great job in progressing the relationship between the two at a natural pace. As the title suggests, Chu Wanning is a loving teacher who cannot express his affections adequately. Mo ran time-travels unexpectedly back only to find out that his teacher, who he has been sexually harassing, was a caring person. Would this new understanding bring fresh changes to their relationship? Who was the mastermind behind this? Betrayal of people you love and the blindness innocent love causes are beautifully explained here. The Historic backdrop and Magical essence bring great pleasure and enjoyable experience. 

The Guardian - BL Novel17. The Guardian

Status: Translation Completed, Link

Requiem of Souls is a Shounen Ai BL Chinese novel with supernatural elements written by a priest. This famous author has done a great job in portraying the timeless love and action in a detailed manner. The characters in the novel are all incredibly charming and well developed. This novel, unlike others, is set in the modern era. The Special Investigation Unit, which deals with supernatural cases and usage of new technologies are unique and easily relatable. The novel also uses numerous fantasy elements such as ghosts, gods, and alternate universes along with reincarnations. Romance takes the front seat thanks to the straightforward and honest lead chief Zhao Yunlan. The innocent and shy demeanor of the professor Shen Wei develops into a complicated character when his identity unveils. The complicated story has many mysteries with quality humor. It is also adopted into a drama of the same name.

Scum Villain Self Saving System - BL Chinese Novel16. Scum Villain Self Saving System

Status: Translation Ongoing, Link

Mo Xiang Tong Xiu wrote the Xuanhuan novel in 2015. This Yaoi embeds a comedic factor seamlessly into the typical action and fantasy plot. The novels start when the protagonist, Shen Yuan, transmigrates into a stallion novel which he grows to hate. After Transmigrating into the character that is most hated by the protagonist, he needs to find ways to save himself. Although monitored continuously by the “system”, he uses his avid reader experiences and talents to his advantage. He successfully manages to keep surviving only to find out that the stallion novel has now become a Yaoi. The plot is understandable and keeps the reader engaged. The Masochistic character of the protagonist and the helpless lead makes up for a humorous pairing. Also, being adapted into manhua, the extras gifts us a unique experience of the protagonist coming into a modern setting.

Sha Po Lang15. Sha Po Lang

Status: Translation Complete, Link

This BL Chinese novel also was written by a priest and is set in the steampunk era. The Wuxia novel has the correct amount of action and comedy mixed with the supernatural element. The relationship between the adopted son and father completely shatters when the protagonist discovers his true identity. The complex relationships and in-depth war strategies give the novel an exquisite outlook. This Shounen Ai plot carries very substantial progress with vulnerable characters. The almost blind and deaf state of the protagonist still holds a stronghold of his power. While it is very admirable, it also serves as the foundation for comedic undertones. Even without the smut, it is a good read for action and romance enthusiasts. This novel already has an audio drama with subtitles in English.

Thousand Autumns - BL Chinese Novel14. Thousand Autumn

Status: Translation Ongoing, Link

A thousand autumns is a Shounen Ai novel with martial arts. This novel follows the male lead Shen Qiao who falls down a peak and becomes blind and amnesiac. The all famous Yan Wushi, master of a demonic sect, stumbles across him who is in a critical state. He tests Shen Qiao, again and again for his good nature and mild temperament. The bickering and the caring bond between the couple give the plot a comedic and light tone. Power and politics play a vital role in the progress of the plot helps us understand the characters and their dimensions better. Even though the romance is slow brewing, the many events and dense plot make up for it. The especially downplayed romance makes the story even more compelling to read. It is a bizarre pairing, and realistic bond development makes the MC and ML more charming.

Retirement Life13. Retirement Life

Status: Translation Complete, Link

Transmigrated into a world after the world ends, Lin Mo finally begins to spend his life in leisure. This novel is straightforward for readers and can be classified as a slice of life. The numerous elements in the story come together wonderfully without any exaggerated plots and misunderstanding. The primary aspect of this drama is romance, and it happens at a natural pace without any glitz. Numerous new elements pops-up in the later stages of the story gives the plot a fantasy tag; The interactions between the main character and his family showcase familial love. Its characters have a very defined and three-dimensional persona, which makes them relatable too. The novel in itself has a very mature plot in it without any smut and unnecessary drama. It is a must-read if you only wanted a good, and calm, slice of life novel.

Are you addicted12. Are You Addicted

Status: Translation Completed, Link

Are you Addicted is an excellent C-novel with a beautiful plot. This two seasons novel takes place in a school setting between Bai Luo Yin and Gu Hai. The story conducts a superb character development and plot progression events throughout the length in a collected and orderly manner. Nothing in the plot is in a rush. Each character has their fair share of limelight for readers to connect with them. The character arch of Gu Hai is indeed the most highlighted and well-deserving among all the characters. The bond between the step-siblings grows more on a romantic level with initially triggering a questionable manner. However, it eventually becomes a charming and unique bond with the lovely essence of its own. The side characters in the novel are all well-defined and fully have their progress and side-plots. The story gradually gets better and more compelling, the more you read.The Reader and The Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love

11. The Reader and The Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love

Status: Translations Completed, Link

This novel is full-on Fantasy with many mystical creatures under its belt; Dragons, Angels, Dwarfs, Beastkin, Elves, Fairies, etc. The intense plot and its fast progression have the readers on edge the whole time. Our protagonist takes different forms throughout the story and manages his unique quirks in endearing to read way. The comedic undertone in this novel comes as a great relief to the ever-progressing plot. The story starts with the main character Du Ze. He transmigrates into his favorite novel. Du Ze, who finds it difficult to express his emotions, cannot fully appreciate his favorite novel and author, somehow ends up sabotaging it. After transmigration, he fully dedicates himself in serving and helping the protagonist in becoming a god. However, he unconsciously unlocks the primal romantic nature of the protagonist, thus embarking on a mature adventure.

Love is More Than A Word - BL Chinese Novel10. Love is More Than a Word

Status: Translations Ongoing, Link

Set in historical background, this romance Yaoi is a must-read. Without any fantasy elements, this novel still perfectly captures a magical detail in its plot. This BL Chinese novel follows Gu She and Tao Mo through various crime-solving adventures. They unveil various aspects and shades of themselves while also doing their job as a Lawyer and Magistrate. The novel is extremely natural and has a great flow to it. Su Youbing, the author, takes the storyline in a gradual and great mystery filled path. The cold-hearted nature of Gu She and the kind and naïve character of Tao Mo is a contrast, yet it fits perfectly together. Love is more than a word is romantic and innocent in a tragic way, with politics playing a vital role.

Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil09. Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil

Status: Translation Ongoing, Link

Also known as the Face of Devil (FOD), this novel is a sci-fi based. The talented hacker transmigrates into various worlds to enact as a villain forcefully. However, he has had enough of this tragic repetition and decides to rebel. The novel is famous among BL readers for its couple dynamics and humor. Different worlds vary widely from outer space to omega verse. This diverse story and the character arch in each story have their unique charms. The action and adventure aspect of the novel is perfect in its execution. The many plotlines hit the spot at least once for everybody. The amount of savage in the story is also extraordinarily elevated and satisfying. With the release of new chapters, it leaves you wanting more each time. This novel is a must-read for all quick-transmigration enthusiasts.

The Legendary Masters Wife - BL Chinese Novel08. The Legendary Master’s Wife

Status: Translation Completed, Link

This BL Chinese novel follows You Xiaomo, who is being transmigrated into a world after an explosion. He finds himself in the body of a disciple. He soon embarks on an adventure to get a higher position along with Ling Xiao, who is not a human being at all. This novel is languid on romance and takes the stride at a very natural pace. The humor in the story is a refreshing break among the action and adventure laden plot. General aesthetics of the plot are very mature and filled with martial arts too. Multiple realms and alchemy make the novel appealing to all sorts of preferences and enthusiasts. Even though the romance is slow, it also takes a natural course that doesn’t make it forced or uncomfortable. This is a perfect novel for beginners who have not yet started with their BL adventure.

WTMT07. Who Touched My Tail

Status: Translation Completed, Link

Who touched my tail is about a fox who has lost its tail. He now has to transmigrate into different worlds to gain some luck from other protagonists. This novel takes place in a futuristic world with improved technologies. The main character is a tsundere who cannot show his love and feelings freely. This fast transmigration novel is hugely entertaining with its funny and episodic contents. This BL Chinese Xianxia novel mainly focuses on the romance between the two leads in each story’s arches. The novel also has smutty content and teases in chapters for extra fires. The different worlds and their development is intricate and comfortable for the readers to understand. The charm of the MC, who is a fox, is that he stays true to his foxy personality. However, the overall repetitive content in the story gets used very quickly.

Banished to Another World - BL Chinese Novel06. Banished to Another World

Status: Translation completed, Link

The BL Chinese novel follows the medicine god Yan Mo who is banished to a primitive tribe setting. There he has to survive the brutal and primal conditions of the tribe and mindsets. This novel takes us through a vastly different transmigration plotline with the sole purpose of MC being accelerating civilization. The story is unique as not to show any of its characters in pure and divine light. Each of the characters, including the MC and ML, has their shortcomings, which makes the story very believable and real. The action fantasy also ties in various aspects regarding power, politics, brutality, and romance seamlessly. The main icing on the cake is the Mpreg that adds the presence of children. This brings a refreshing twist to an otherwise primal and cruel plot. This Shounen Ai is a good read for realistic and romantic transmigration fans.

The Daily Task of Preventing My Disciple from turning to the Dark Side - BL Chinese Novel05. The Daily Task of Preventing My Disciple from turning to the Dark Side

Status: Translation completed, Link: Chap 1-27 & Chap 27- 112

This novel is a Xianxia shounen Ai with comedy ingrained. The MC of the novel is Mu Chen, who is the number one alchemist. His disciple turns into the demon side after some brainwashing from the demons, and Mu Chen takes the sole blame for it. He reincarnates and decides to teach his disciple properly this time only to find out the disciple has very different plans. This BL Chinese novel has a particular right amount of action and romance balanced perfectly to give good entertainment and emotions throughout. Possessives characters and tsundere personalities are the charms of the couple’s dynamics. The mature content in the novels is also slightly triggering with its initial abuse. However, the duo quickly becomes romantically comfortable and fit better as the plot progresses. The story arch and the development of characters are great without any unwanted dramas. 

I've Led The Villain Astray, How Do I Fix It04. I’ve Led The Villain Astray, How Do I Fix It?

Status: Translation Ongoing, Link: Cap 1-56 & Chap 57-98

The BL Chinese novel is another transmigration plot with not many action scenes. This novel, contrary to the others, solely focuses on the relationship between the MC and ML. The bond is not incest since the ML was the child of an affair. With the cultivation as its core, the story addresses familial love, brotherly bond, trust, and clever maneuvering. The novel is still in the initial stages of its translation and has exceedingly high potential to it. Even though the manipulative characteristic of ML is prevalent, it hints on a more magnificent character arch and development on later stages of the story. The author Yan Ye has done an incredible job in balancing concern with phobia and made sure that no one finds the plot offensive. The translators are also doing a great job of getting out of the plot without losing its essence.

Earth is Online - BL Chinese Novel03. Earth is Online

Status: Translation Completed, Link

This new-age gaming novel is undoubtedly different from other novels with BL romance tags. The plot is extremely good with fantastic action and horror. The MC and ML share a very realistic bond based on the trivial situation they are in. The psychological novel is the one if you are not into BL Chinese novel so much but still want to enjoy some great action. The Apocalyptic world and witty protagonist make up for a grand survival game. This novel is a sci-fi and takes place in a modern setting. Even though there is more killing than romance, the author has made an incredibly unique power couple like dynamics going on between the duos. The novel has excellent story arcs and character developments. It is a fine-tuned supernatural with gaming essence to it. This novel is remarkable for starters who are more into survival in an apocalyptic world.

Transmigrated into a Mob Character to Rehabilitate the Villain - BL Chinese Novel02. Transmigrated into a Mob Character to Rehabilitate the Villain

Status: Translation Completed, Link

The novel follows a character who transmigrated into a web novel. He purely wants to change the villain at first but later realizes it was not possible. He ran away but soon got caught and imprisoned. What follows next? You know what follows next.  It follows the usual cliché of saint man saving a villain only to realize he got himself into trouble’s way. However, the delivery of the plot is admirable. The BL Chinese novel is slightly extended with four volumes and 14 extra chapters, but it doesn’t feel dragged and pushed. It also packs in amnesia, and time slips into its story, which adds much more drama to the plot.

Seizing Dreams - BL Chinese Novel01. Seizing Dreams

Status: Translation Completed, Link

This BL Chinese novel is, without a doubt, unique from the rest of the list. However, the novel is much liked among the BL Novel enthusiasts and a slice of life readers. The novel follows a school student who is at the end of his ropes. He stumbles upon someone in his dreams where the two go on epic adventures and solve riddles. The bond between the two signs of progress and grows much showing the significance of the time and effort needed to build an everlasting relationship. Fei Tian Ye Xiang, the author, did a great job in all aspects of the novel. This plot is also adapted into a drama. The many near-death experiences and grand world buildings in each dream are creative and exciting to imagine. This novel certainly hits the mark with its action and psychological adventure, even though it is slow on romance.

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  1. Great List! I’ve only read the main ones (Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, Heaven Official’s Blessing, 1000 Autumns, The Guardian, The Legendary Master’s Wife), so this gave me some wonderful suggestions of what to read next. Your reviews were so well written with colorful descriptions of the characters & novel type!! I’ve been unable to find a complete translation of Husky & His White Cat Shizun; only incomplete parts in different places. And I might add Word of Honor, although once you wander down the delightful paths created by MXTX or Priest, I found it was hard to not read everything they have written. Thank you so much!!

  2. Loved it

  3. Great lists and explanations–Thank you!!

  4. dear SONA this is by far the best list of bl novels in terms of explanation of the stories . very enticing and alluring and with just perfect use of words.