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Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (三生三世十里桃花, Sān Shēng Sān Shì Shí Lǐ Táo Huā, literally "Three Lives, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms") is a 2017 Chinese fantasy/romance series starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao. It's based on the novel of the same name by Tang Qi. It is also known by the title Eternal Love — which is, confusingly, also the title of a different Chinese series.

Bai Qian, daughter of the Fox King, goes to Kunlun Mountain to become a disciple of Mo Yuan. While there, she gets caught up in a war between Celestial Tribe and Ghost Tribe. The Ghost King is sealed away, but years later he is about to escape his prison. Bai Qian tries to seal him away again, loses her memories in the process, and goes to the mortal realm. Meanwhile, Ye Hua, Crown Prince of the Nine Heavens, is sent to the mortal realm. He's warned that he must not get involved with any mortals. Then he meets Bai Qian.

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As of 2018, it's the most-watched television series in China. A sequel/spin-off series, Three Lives, Three Worlds: The Pillow Book (also called Eternal Love of Dream), aired in 2020. The source novel has also been adapted into a 2017 film, Once Upon a Time (2017), and a 2019 series, Love and Destiny.

The series can be watched on YouTube with English subtitles.

Contains examples of:

  • Abdicate the Throne: Long before the series starts, Dong Hua Dijun abdicated in favour of the current Heavenly Lord.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Bai Qian is kidnapped and almost drowned on her birthday.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Not obvious given the fact that the characters are immortals, but age gaps are pointed out in three instances:
    • Bai Qian is 70,000 years older than Ye Hua (in the show's timeline anyway, though the dialogue makes this confusing).
    • Dong Hua is significantly older than Feng Jiu - he was conquering and ruling the heavens when her father was a kid. He doesn't look it mind you. According to the books, he's about 370,000 years her senior, and she's 30,000, though in this series' timeline she's actually about a month older than Ye Hua.
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    • Bai Zhi is 15,000 years older than his wife, the Fox Empress.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Par for the course for this series.
    • Yao Guang loves Mo Yuan, who doesn't love her because he likes Si Yin/Bai Qian (in the series anyway).
    • Xuan Nu loves Li Jing, who loves Bai Qian, who loved him until he cheated on her.
    • Su Jin loves Ye Hua, who (initially) thinks of her as family.
    • Miao Qing and Lu Xiu also like Ye Hua, who only loves Su Su/Bai Qian.
    • Bi Fang loves Bai Qian, who is unaware she loves Ye Hua.
    • Bai Feng Jiu loves Dong Hua, but whilst he does reciprocate, he forces himself not to for the sake of the realm.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Ye Hua loses an arm in a fight with a beast.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Li Jing gives one to Bai Qian.
  • Arranged Marriage: Often of the Altar Diplomacy kind.
    • Sang Ji and Bai Qian are betrothed to form an alliance between the Celestials and the Fox Tribe. It doesn't go ahead, which leads to...
    • To make up for Sang Ji's actions, the Heavenly Emperor has Ye Hua betrothed to Bai Qian instead. It works out... eventually.
    • Xuan Nu is betrothed to a black-bear spirit. She finds this horrifying and runs away from home.
    • The Heavenly Emperor himself was arranged to marry his cousin (of some description). He resisted at first, but after being forced to get to know her, accepted it.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Su Jin is on trial for framing Yuan Zhen for attempted rape, framing Bai Qian for attempted murder, and attempting to use a magic puppet to seduce Ye Hua, she begins saying that everyone present - including her technical husband Ye Hua - are lying about her. Dong Hua points out that slandering her husband is the worst crime out of the lot.
  • Assassin Outclassin':
    • Die Feng, Zi Lan, and Tian Shu and Ye Hua, all easily defeat groups of Ghost Realm demon puppet assassins. These puppets were noted to have killed several high immortals in the previous days.
    • The mortal Emperor identity of Dong Hua takes on two packs of ninjas in the space of a few minutes, whilst protecting Feng Jiu, and kills them all without sustaining a single injury. Feng Jiu did get injured protecting him once though.
  • As You Know: A seemingly throw-away tidbit of information about the ancient god clans is presented by Fox Emperor Bai Zhi in episode 12 - when gods of the ancient clans (Dragon, Phoenix and Fox) died, a celestial phenomenon occurs. Whilst it may seem innocuous as the auidence knows Bai Qian isn't dead (which is what her mother was fearing), it does foreshadow two events: a) that Mo Yuan can come back and isn't technically dead, and b) that Ye Hua isn't actually dead either. Neither "death" comes with any type of phenomena, though the characters curiously seem to forget this fact in both instances.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning:
    • Ye Hua officially being made Crown Prince. He gets given the seal before the representatives of the leaders of the Nine Heavens, all the while birds sing and the skies shine gold in celebratory divine approval.
    • Bai Feng Jiu is recognised as Qing Qiu's Queen of the East, succeeding Bai Qian. Everyone, including her own father, bow to her, right after Dong Hua sends her an extremely valuable gift, which she accepts with a wisdom and grace one wouldn't think possible of the sweet, giggly, spoiled girl she was prior.
  • Ax-Crazy: Xuan Nu does things like arranging to be badly beaten, kidnapping Mo Yuan's body and A Li, and blinding herself when she loses her ability to shapeshift.
  • Bling of War: In the war between the Celestial Tribe and Ghost Tribe, both armies wear much nicer-looking clothing than is practical on a battlefield.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Shows up every time a character is injured.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Zigzagged. The battle scenes have very little blood, but when a major character is injured, they almost always bleed.
  • Braids of Action: Yan Zhi.
  • Breach of Promise of Marriage: Zhe Yan and Bai Zhi go to the Celestial Palace because Sang Ji breached his betrothal, and thus the Emperor's word, to marry Bai Qian. Whilst they go to see if they can actually back out of it altogether despite the embarrassment towards them, it's the Emperor who wants to keep the marriage pact in tact to save the face of his tribe and family. This results in the more iron-clad betrothal between Bai Qian and Ye Hua. Oddly, a further breach on the Celestial side is subsequently used as a threat hanging over their own heads as they can't afford to anger the Fox Tribe and Qing Qui, whose alliance is keeping their shaky hold on power.
  • Cain and Abel: Li Yuan hates his half-brother Li Jing.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: The Nine Heavens is one, which is unsurprising given the mythology it's based on. There are numerous laws and regulations, as well as rules of etiquette. And ignorance of these is not an excuse when you're caught breaking them. There's also Divine Ranks, from low immortals (or fairies, depending on translation) to high gods, and even amongst the high gods, there's differences of respect based on age and lineage.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Bai Qian's Weapon of Choice. She defeats a phoenix demon and fights her way across a battlefield while armed with only a fan.
  • Damsel in Distress: Bai Qian, when she's captured by Yao Guang and chained up in a water dungeon, and later when she's kidnapped and taken to the Celestial Palace.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Ye Hua always wears black, but he isn't evil.
    • Li Jing is Prince (and later King) of the Ghost Tribe, has horns growing from his face, and usually wears dark colours. But he isn't truly a villain; he's just weak and selfish.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight:
    • Xuan Nu dies in Li Jing's arms.
    • Ye Hua dies in Bai Qian's arms. He gets better.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Whilst the Heavenly Emperor is highly concerned about the war Qing Cang is intent on starting, Dong Hua is more interested in the tea cup he's using and wanting a replica for himself. Mo Yuan also doesn't seem bothered discussing the tea cup either, though Die Feng states that this is a front and the calmer he seems, the more worried he is.
  • Dragons Are Divine: Of course, given the setting comes from Chinese Mythology. The Celestial clan, i.e the rulers of the Nine Heavens are stated to be also called the Dragon Clan. We only see Ye Hua in dragon form however.
  • Driven by Envy: Part of Xuan Nu's motivation in turning traitor is her jealousy of Bai Qian.
  • Drowning My Sorrows:
    • Bai Qian gets drunk after catching Li Jing cheating on her.
    • Feng Jiu starts drinking after she's sent back to the Fox Kingdom.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Xuan Nu starts out wearing bright colours, but switches to darker clothes after marrying Li Jing.
  • Evil Laugh: The Ghost King gives one after he captures Bai Qian and Ling Yu.
  • Express Delivery: Le Xu is pregnant with Ye Hua for only a few days.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Bai Qian has her eyes removed as "punishment" for supposedly blinding Su Jin. To make things even worse, Ye Hua has to carry out the punishment.
    • Xuan Nu blinds herself when Bai Qian takes away her shapeshifting powers.
    • Su Jin uses Bai Qian's eyes after Ye Hua removes them. When Bai Qian regains her memories, she comes to take her eyes back.
  • Facial Markings: Yan Zhi and Bai Feng Jiu.
  • Faking the Dead: Ye Hua plans to fake his death so he can be with Bai Qian.
  • Fantastic Racism: Immortals tend to have a sliding paternalistic view of mortals. There are some who don't seem to discriminate against mortals (such as Die Feng), some who feel somewhat superior on occasion (Princess Lu Xiu of the Chang Sea), some who look down on them (Consort Le Xu and a lot of the servants), and some who will abuse/kill them as they see fit (such as the Heavenly Emperor himself). Paradoxically, the Heavenly Emperor will send someone out to protect mortals from immortal problems, but if a mortal breaks rules they don't even know about, he won't see ignorance as an excuse and order them killed on the spot.
  • Forceful Kiss:
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Xuan Nu is jealous of Bai Qian, especially when Li Jing gets involved.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Mo Yuan sacrifices himself to win the war against Ghost Tribe.
    • Yao Guang volunteers to lead a suicide mission that will give the Celestial Tribe a chance to defeat Ghost Tribe.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Despite spending 70,300 years looking for Si Yin and Mo Yuan's body, none of the disciples, who claim they've looked everywhere (including in the mortal realm), apparently ever bothered to check Qing Qiu. This is despite the fact they knew Si Yin was a fox from Ten Mile Peach Forest, which is in Qing Qiu. If they had, they would have seen Bai Qian, who is a dead-ringer for Si Yin, walking around.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: Princess of the Eastern Sea, Miao Qing, tries to get Ye Hua to notice her by dancing for him during the banquet at her brother's palace. Ye Hua seems ignorant of her as he's too focused on the fact he's found Bai Qian, who is Su Su. Even when she points Miao Qing out, Ye Hua keeps ignoring her.
  • I Have Many Names: Bai Qian goes by several names over the course of the series. She uses the name "Si Yin" while at Kunlun Mountain, Li Jing calls her "A-Yin", and Ye Hua calls her "Su Su".
  • I Have No Daughter: Xuan Nu's mother says this after all the insane, evil things her daughter does.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ling Yu, courtesy of multiple arrows.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Bai Qian jumps off Zhuxian Terrace, becomes a high goddess, and regains her memories of everything she's gone through before and after becoming mortal. Unsurprisingly, a drink is the first thing she asks for.
  • Inhumanly Beautiful Race: Nine-tailed foxes (i.e. the Bai clan) are said to be uncommonly beautiful and naturally seductive in appearance, even for immortals. The Fox Empress, Bai Zhen, Bai Qian and Bai Feng Jiu are all mentioned by other characters to fit this image of their race.
  • Karmic Butt-Monkey: The Daoist Priest who twice accosts Su Su (Bai Qian). First, he tries to take her Jade Purity Fan by claiming it's his and she stole it - Yan Zhi shows up to prove him wrong and uses the fan to hit him with lightning. Days later, he tries to punish Su Su for this by revealing the black snake in her basket - the snake (Ye Hua) turns into a huge dragon and blasts him with water, humiliating him again. Ye Hua then sics Si Ming on him to alter his fate to make him a drunk laughing stock for the rest of his life.
  • Lady of War: Yao Guang is a dark example. She duels Mo Yuan while wearing a long, flowing dress, and she's a good enough fighter that she's only defeated when he turns her own attack against her.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Bai Qian loses her memories after her fight with Qing Cang.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Heavenly Lord is usually wearing bright colours and lives in a palace in the clouds. But he also has Shao Xin locked away because she wants to marry his son, and he refuses to let Ye Hua see his mother unless he does an Impossible Task. And then there's the way he treats Bai Qian...
  • Love at First Sight:
    • Yan Zhi and Li Jing both fall in love with Bai Qian at first sight.
    • Sang Ji and Shao Xin fall in love when they first meet. It doesn't end well.
  • Love Makes You Evil:
    • Xuan Nu betrays Kunlun Mountain after she falls in love with Li Jing.
    • Su Jin tries to murder Bai Qian because she loves Ye Hua.
  • Medieval Stasis: Both the immortal and mortal realms are stuck in the setting of early Imperial China. However, it's more glaring in the mortal realm, which moves on a faster time scale (roughly 1 day in heaven equals 1 year in the mortal realm). The exact same tea house in the Far East is seen when Bai Qian visits as Si Yin, and 70,000 heavenly years later (which is millions of mortal years) Su Su goes to there occasionally. 300 heavenly years later, Bai Qian again goes there. At no point does the tea house or town change despite the incredibly long passage of time.
  • Missed Him by That Much:
    • Ye Hua goes to Qing Qiu to speak to Bai Feng Jiu about finding Si Yin, who he believes has a way to bring back the dead, as he wants to revive Su Su. All the while Bai Qian (who was Su Su) is inside the Fox Den and very nearly went outside to see him herself.
    • Shortly after the above, the Jade Purity Fan disappears from his hands so Ye Hua thinks it returned to Si Yin and goes to Kunlun Mountain to check if the disciple is there. Meanwhile, Bai Qian/Si Yin is there but she teleports away mere seconds before Ye Hua walks into the main hall to catch sight of her.
    • Senior Disciple Die Feng and Sixteenth Zi Lan, who have spent 70,000 years looking for Si Yin, walk into the main hall of the Eastern Sea King's palace just as Bai Qian/Si Yin hurries out the back.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Su Su/Bai Qian mistakenly thinks Ye Hua has lost interest in her and fallen in love with Su Jin instead. Ye Hua's behaviour only makes things worse.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: Le Xu touched a Golden Lotus and became pregnant with Ye Hua, who's the spirit of the lotus in a human body.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome:
    • Dong Hua conquered heaven and earth to become Emperor. Yep, the laid-back, Pretty Boy Troll with the beautiful white hair.
    • Fox Emperor, Bai Zhi, took on the four divine beasts, possessing half the power of the Heavenly Father and won (injured, but seemingly easily healed). Yes, those beasts that kill all Li Jing's soldiers, overpower a disciple of Mo Yuan and Li Jing himself, and stab Ye Hua and tear of his arm. Bai Zhi overpowered them all, alone.
  • The Old Gods: The Heavenly Emperor laments that there are few old gods left, and the ones that are around, tend to stay out of worldly affairs. The only deceased old god who is repeatedly mentioned is Heavenly Father; the living old gods include: Dong Hua, Zhe Yan, Mo Yuan and Bai Zhi. Of them, only Mo Yuan actively gets involved due to being the God of War. Dong Hua is retired but gives advice and manipulates from the sidelines, whilst Zhe Yan and Bai Zhi prefer being laid back, with the former only involving himself when he has an emotional reason to do so.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: The Heavenly Lord doesn't approve of Sang Ji's love for Shao Xin.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Su Jin seems to be built for this, though she eventually meets her match in Bai Qian who puts her in her place.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Ye Hua and Bai Qian. Eventually. After a lot of confusion and suffering.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Bai Qian would never have jumped off Zhuxian Terrace or drunk an amnesia potion if Ye Hua had explained his plan to her.
  • The Power of Blood: Type AB - blood from the heart of a nine-tailed fox can preserve a body. This is how Bai Qian keeps Mo Yuan's body intact for over 70,000 years.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Non-science fiction example; some of the Ghost Tribe have horns growing from their faces and pointed or frilled ears. The Mermaid clan are similar, but they also have blue skin and fins growing from their faces.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Qing Cang gets sealed in the Bell of the East Emperor.
  • Seduction-Proof Marriage: Ye Hua is only interested in Su Su/Bai Qian, the wife he chose for himself (effectively). When Miao Qing tries to use a dance to get him to notice her, it fails as he's far too interested in the wife he's rediscovered.
  • Separated at Birth: A unique version. Mo Yuan survived birth, however his younger twin brother did not. Thus their father, the Heavenly Father, turned the miscarried twin's essence into a golden lotus so it would have a chance in the future. Hundreds of thousands of years later, that golden lotus induced a Mystical Pregnancy in Le Xu so she could give birth to Ye Hua, who looks uncannily like Mo Yuan. Given the millennia between their births and the fact only Mo Yuan (and possibly Dong Hua) knew the truth, it's hardly a wonder nobody knew or could figure out they actually are twins.
  • Shipper on Deck: Si Ming ships Feng Jiu and Dijun.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Averted.
    • Shao Xin is a snake spirit, but she isn't at all sinister.
    • Ye Hua is able to turn into a black snake (actually a dragon that's become very small), and he definitely isn't evil.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Bai Feng Jiu keeps telling Dong Hua that her aunt has never left Qing Qiu since she was born, and doesn't have any connection to Kunlun. Despite her attempts at innocence, when she says she would never lie to her savior, Dong Hua just looks amused at her terrible attempt to convince him.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Yan Zhi and Li Jing fall in love with Bai Qian/"Si Yin". Li Jing realises she's a girl at once; Yan Zhi doesn't.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Kunlun Mountain doesn't accept female disciples, so Bai Qian disguises herself as a boy to get in.
  • Take a Third Option: The Celestial army, once it's revealed that Xuan Nu stole the battle plans. They can either surrender and submit to Qing Cang's rule, or go down fighting as is and take as many of the Ghost Realm soldiers with them. Mo Yuan manages to come up with the third option: getting half his army to sacrifice itself in a feint, so the others can outmaneuver the enemy and capture the leadership. Despite reluctance, they take the third choice and win, but at a massive cost.
  • Taking the Bullet: Li Yuan tries to stab Li Jing. Yan Zhi and the Golden Lion Beast jump between them, and the Golden Lion Beast gets stabbed instead.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Li Yuan gets Xuan Nu to kill him because his death will give Qing Cang more power.
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: By stealing Mo Yuan's tactical plans and giving them to Qing Cang, Xuan Nu caused around 200,000 soldiers on both sides to die, in addition to Mo Yuan sacrificing himself to stop the Bell of the East Emperor. Due to this, not only is she a Persona Non Grata within the Celestial Tribe, but to Kunlun, and her home in Qing Qiu - she's banned from the Nine Heavens save to stay in a hall, most disciples of Mo Yuan would like to kill her on site (as would Bai Zhen), and her mother disowned her. The betrayal was so heinous that the forces of heaven itself cursed her with the inability to bear healthy children due to the lives lost as a result of her actions.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Most of the characters have animal forms that they can change into at will.
  • Warrior Prince: Li Yuan is a villainous example. Li Jing is a somewhat more heroic one. Ye Hua is a truly good example.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Or rather, they didn't trouble to keep track of how they adapted the story and the timeline suffered as a result. The big culprit of this issue is when Ye Hua's birth occurred. The depiction in the show is that he was born a few weeks after the Battle of Ruoshui River, making him 70,000(+) years old when the main story kicks in. In the book however, he was 50,000 years old (as his spirit took 20,000 years to help Mo Yuan begin to piece his soul together). This age survives in dialogue, such as when Le Xu says that Su Jin is 20,000 years older than Ye Hua, even though days prior she was said to be only 500 years old; or when Bai Qian says she is 90,000 years older than him, even though she's actually 140,000 and later says that Ye Hua is his show age (i.e. 70,000).
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: Neither of Qing Cang's sons are good rulers. The best that can be said for Li Jing is that he isn't outright evil like Li Yuan.
  • Yandere: Su Jin will do anything, no matter how insane, to win Ye Hua's love. Even marrying his grandfather, and accusing another man of attempting to rape her.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: A day in the heavenly realms equals a year in the mortal realm. Or at least, that's what they say. The pacing can confuse this issue, as can the fact that that the Adaptation Expansion has messed with the original story and the creators didn't pay attention when they directly adapted the book and when they added their own ideas.
  • You Are Number 6: Mo Yuan's disciples refer to each other by the order in which they became his disciples. Bai Qian is the seventeenth disciple, so they call her "Seventeenth". Ling Yu is almost always called "Ninth", and Die Feng, the most senior disciple, is always called "Senior".

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