I Rely on Beauty to Stabilize the Country


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Gu Yuanbai transmigrated into a BL novel as a weak, sickly emperor who barely had any sense of presence in the plot. The novel was a story of the struggle to gain the political power and love between the future regent and the first beauty in the capital, and he was supposed to serve just as a backdrop board.

Gu-wildly ambitious-Yuanbai: Don’t make me laugh.

He was the emperor—why would he let go of his power instead of expanding the national borders and leaving his name in the annals of history?


Xue Yuan, the son of the current supreme general and the future regent, hiding a burning ambition, accompanied his father into the palace for the first time. That day, he looked up, hidden among the crowd of courtiers, and caught a glimpse of the young emperor’s face.

Naturally rebellious, he sneered, thinking contemptuously that the little emperor looked prettier than the palace ladies. With this too-beautiful appearance and weak body, how was he planning to rule the country?

By making people take pity on his frailty?

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Peerless Beauty
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ylial rated it
October 4, 2020
Status: c121
Good novel! It's NOT really light-hearted nor shallow as its title, but is true as its title. It mainly focuses on MC's stabilization and improvement of country but has a little angst due to MC's disease. The story starts with MC already living (transmigrated) for three years as an emperor. For the past 3yrs, he was busy with getting back his power fr lu Sheng and built elite team/his own army. He is also straight and has rejected ML a million times. I wish he has a strong conviction in... more>> rejecting ML

For ML, he's psychotic and shameless. I ship many male chara's for MC instead XD since the real ML pisses me off at first. If the emperor is not the MC, the ML might really get killed on the spot due to his unruliness. Eventually, I came to like the ML a little due to his persistent efforts in wooing the MC

Downside for me is the push and pull between MC and ML. It is still honestly annoying due to repetitive scenes. Also, I hope that the author writes more of the MC's past since I find it unbelievable that MC adapts well as ruler. <<less
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SararaGold rated it
March 7, 2021
Status: Completed
Don't be fooled by the title! It is true to some extent, but this novel is not limited to it. The setting and plot are dynamic and well arranged. Without the extras, I would be very reluctant to finish this novel. Still, I wish there was more.

I rarely invest in transmigration+ancient china novel because most of the novels that I read with this tag always make me tired from the unnecessary dragging and drama. This novel satisfied my appetite just right with the moderate plot and scheme.

MC is a rational,... more>> logical straight man who transmigrated into ancient china as the emperor. He is true to his character.

He initially is a student of political science major, and his modern family is from the political background,

so it is a rational design for him to be able to govern the ancient court.

MC did well in his deed, but he certainly is not OP. He is not the typical know-it-all transmigrator from modern time. He spent his time learning from scratch, improving what he already know. Well, of course he has the it factor that help him achieve what he want. He is a beauty, that's one point.

ML is wild, sometimes irrational, overbearing, but extremely loyal to MC, and the perfect lover out there for MC. I like how ML is not designed as a perfect gentleman who master all types of art, etc. But simply a wild general who disliked the emperor at the beginning and then fell in love with him step by step.

The love story between MC and ML is great in a sense that there is no angsty drama due to miscommunication or third people intruding their relationship. Both of them respect and trust each other. Coupled with some spiciness in their relationship, they easily enter the list of my favourite couple. <<less
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fox23 rated it
September 28, 2020
Status: c115
I've been reading the raws and the character growth of the ML and the world building of this ancient Chinese dynasty is fantastic. There are a lot of actual historical references (with citations too!!) and the author also refers to academic articles to determine just how the MC (the emperor) reigns over his country with various reforms and strategic plans.
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darkelf01 rated it
November 24, 2021
Status: -
I wish this is a harem novel 😂

Every man who is attracted to the MC has the potential to be the ML since they either had strong backgrounds, abilities or smitten at first sight of the MC.

It sure is Gary Stu as hell but I actually enjoyed how many of them fell victim under the MC's dragon robe lol. It was so satisfying to read the way MC picked flowers talents left and right to become his harem officials :D

And usually I don't like delicate MC but I liked... more>> this one since he was actually so witty and cunning beneath that sickly body. He considered every angle and calculated everything to his benefit while not forgetting to be a genuinely good emperor who cared for the commoner and his trusted officials. I think it's adorable that he was doted and fussed over by his officials but he could only accept them helplessly. They spared no effort to please him with the quality of their works and in turn, he also cared about their job satisfaction. If not for his weak body, he would've been as famous as Back to Ming Dynasty to do Charity's MC.

I had a difficult time to accept the endgame pairing since so many of the men in this novel are ML-material sooo well, I still wished this is a harem novel. <<less
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GoldenTiger0 rated it
January 24, 2022
Status: Completed
NOTE: Even though I tried to put the spoilers into spoiler section, some of the details may have been left out in open.

Advice: All the so-called "straight steel men" are "bent iron-trees".

First, the plot: Amazing! The politics and how each thing is implemented over the course of planning for years. Nothing is done directly, like some other transmigrated emperors who directly turn out gunpowder... [like how the hell could they know what it takes to make gunpowder as an ordinary modern man... unless the person had googled it before their... more>> transmigration... how unlikely.]

The first three years of the struggle of the emperor have been removed from our eyes. So what we see is a relatively powerful emperor whose opinions are heeded, admired and actually carried out. There's been quite a mention of a traitor minister who was corrupt and more powerful than the emperor when our MC transmigrated... so we can somewhat guess the struggle for power during those times.

Second, the MC, Gu Yuanbai (actual name - Gu Lian) : The emperor... or the transmigrated emperor. It's hasn't been said if his name was Gu Lian before or not, but original emperor's name before crowning was Gu Lian. Rational, ambitious and willed. He looks and behaves more of an emperor than some other emperors. The reason for this has been attributed to his pre-transmigration family, education and lifestyle. He thought of many many things to do for development, such as...


Looking for talents (both mentioned in the book itself and on his own) - team for next work and development.

Making a supervision team as well as an elite soldiers team - reduces possibility of not having control over his country due to some corrupt ministers.

Making the memorials presented to him in the version of spreadsheets - making his work ultra-easy and less time-taking.

Anti-corruption Spree - cleaning the court and the country of the officials that aren't needed and spoil it and increase the empire's treasury and granary.

Taking over the excess fields of the temples - makes food abundant for the people, provides farmers more livelihood and controls the overgrowing wealth of temples.


... and many more. These things were all planned over the course of years step by step, which is something I like in this novel very much. He loves the empire he's ruling and wishes to make it more prosper.

He's been set-up as a heartthrob... but it doesn't benefit much except controlling the ML, whom I too doubt would be controlled just as it is if the emperor's personality wasn't so. All the men who fell for him/crush for him are partly due to his beauty and partly due to his own personality. There are handful who actually fall for him. All others are simply not worth mentioning such as that one trespasser at the start of story. It's not like that every talent he meets falls for him, for eg. Kong Yilin, a real straight steel man.

He's been shown to have a strong desire for control, which has been said to increase more after becoming an emperor. He also likes excitement and adventure. Unfortunately, the new weak body doesn't allow an opportunity for so. These two are precisely the reason that contributed to the interest of MC towards the ML.

It's been said that in-between some chapters the emperor acts like a dictator, but that was needed cause the emperor has to be obeyed in any circumstances and that's how one maintains his authority over the others. If someone dares step on his already weak-vitality, he has to prove that even if he was about to be on his death bed, the control he has is greater and no one can eye that seat unless he's giving it willingly.

Third, the ML, Xue Jiuyao (actual name - Xue Yuan) : A brat to the core. The eldest son of a three-generation loyal household of generals. An experienced northern general whose merits have been suppressed by his own father for his good.

He's extremely disliked by the reader population due to how he behaves with the MC at the start and also has been the reason for many people dropping this beautiful political novel. If the readers are patient and can wade through the novel till they reach near the end, they will know the cause of the detest the ML has towards the imperial power, which I'm willing to provide here - it's a pretty important spoiler, if one really wishes to improve their rating on the ML.


Xue Yuan was stationed at the northern border to fight the nomads along his father. It was the time when the 'traitor minister' was still in power and the emperor couldn't do much. Their army eventually entered a period where they started lacking rations. It was to the point where they were so hungry that they hate the grass and hay in their own clothes and had to fight wild beasts to hunt. Very miserable situation. They fought off the nomads but couldn't kill them as they lacked the court's support. They passed through a village but the village thought they were gonna rob them too cause of extreme tension overtime at the borders and facing the assault of nomads. A villager in tension accidently raised his farming tool towards a soldier, who, due to reflex, cut off that villager. The villager's misunderstood thoughts were further solidified and they attacked the soldiers. The soldiers tried to defend themselves as much as they could while they avoid hurting the villagers. In the end, many soldiers fell and the entire village was wiped out and Xue Yuan suffered a knife scar at his waist due to a little boy.

The empathy that had been cultivated by his father overtime for the soldiers made his heart hate the court and the power sitting there.


He fell in love with MC slowly. The time when he realises that his "loyal heart" started beating, that's when his character improves slightly. And his character does improve overtime. He's quite a rebel though in his bones had he not fallen for MC, it would surely lead to the rebel-to-regent route. (For this point, MC did stabilize the country with his beauty - he pinched off the bud of rebellion of ML.)

Fourth, the relationship b/w MC & ML: [All this is my opinion.]

MC who has strong desire for control can't possibly tolerate one who won't allow this but his preference for seeking excitement also makes him like people who can contend with him on equal basis. ML is such a person who fits these. The guy was wildly contending with the emperor himself, wooing him too and allowed the emperor to control (that is keeping an eye on everything he does) after he fell in love.

Other MLs... don't have such possibility cause they obey the emperor and dare not try to woo him and face his anger. MC, who has a heart for excitement, would feel boring if he saw that the other-half is cowering under his anger. Additionally, as a modern person, he wants someone who can actually treat him as an equal and not a superior exactly. He feels lonely being an emperor.

Even after falling in love, MC is a very rational emperor. He's not one of those shou characters that lose their independent charm after falling in love with the top and let the top do their work for them cause they have been tired after doing it on their own for so long.

The MC even remains dominant in their relationship...



Overall, after having my view improved of ML, I like this novel filled with court politics, empire building and deep affection. Even if you hate the ML, just skim the guy for the emperor and the plot.

Note: The novel has a little in*est, which is discarded from your eyes soon.

Prince He is the cousin of the emperor by blood, who had been adopted by the late emperor from his brother. A large reason for the distorted affection has been attributed to the 'black hands behind the guy'.

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Winda1010 rated it
September 4, 2021
Status: --
Solid read. The plot is wonderful, the MC is great. The biggest let down is the ML. One of the worst ML ever written. MC deserves so much better than some brainless Chad with no manners. What a let down. I took down 2 stars because as the story develops, ML becomes more and more annoying. MC is better off with any one his admirers, literally anyone but ML is better.
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fpschubert rated it
January 31, 2021
Status: c15
I only read the first 15 chapters but this has become one of my all time favorite Chinese BL novels. The transmigration plot is like the other stories but the MC is one of the best written and shrewdest so far. Bonus for being the most beautiful in the story.

The MC has a weak body and the plot doesn't hide this. He has to balance how physically weak he is and use his knowledge to gain advantage.

The translation is outstanding and I like that there are explanations on esoteric subjects.

I... more>> eagerly wait for next chapters. Highly recommended. <<less
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Hippopotamus rated it
December 18, 2021
Status: --

The ML is hilarious. once he saw our MC "touching his own jade rod" he saw how pink it was and couldn't forget for sometimes. One day he passed by a jade store. He remembered about the pink rod, but quite not sure whether it was really pink or just his eyes deceived him because there was a lot of water mist back there. For the rest of the day his thoughts were full of how to take off the little emperor's pants to make sure the true color of... more>> his dick... 🤣🤣🤣

I also quite like this kind of MC. Although physically weak, MC is a wise ruler. He can be cruel but amiable at the same time. In fact I really love how decisive he is. <<less
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Severe rated it
November 6, 2021
Status: Completed
Mary Sueish as hell. A very relaxing reading. You will not have to worry about anything - just because you know they will win everytime with almost no harm done.

Still, a lot of plot is going on, so being so "Mary" is ok to me.

Romance takes a huge part of plot. It is both hilarious and sturdy.

Totally recommended. Mtl is neat.
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azakuratristan rated it
February 15, 2022
Status: c1
the ML is the worse, he is so petty, he just spends his time looking for a way to isolate the protagonist and hurting innocents just because his whims are not fulfilled, threatening his mother, breaking his brother's legs on a whim.
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Batman was the greatest cat
So far it seems interesting.

The main character transmigrates into a sickly emperor without any real power, takes said power back and plans on ruling himself. Only to find himself becoming ill. (●´⌓`●) He was seemingly an active person in his previous life, because his transmigration happens when he's sky diving, curious how a previously healthy and energetic person will respond to suddenly having the things they can do limited this much.

At this point we've met the male lead, but don't know much about him yet.

All in all, a transmigration BL... more>> story with an interesting premise and thus far good story. Translation is thus far also of good quality.

(Not rating it until there's more chapter.) <<less
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Zjy rated it
June 1, 2023
Status: c20
I really want to like this story because I love the premise and there are many good reviews. I have tried to read it this novel several times and given up midway. It's difficult for me to get into because the writing is bloated with excessively redundant descriptions of 1) how sick the MC is, 2) how much pampering he receives as the emperor, and 3) how beautiful the MC is. EVERY. SINGLE. CHAPTER. The constant repetition unnecessarily drags down the pace of the story without contributing anything meaningful since... more>> these things were established very early on and we all know well that the MC is fragile and beautiful. There was no need to go into SO MUCH detail at every opportunity! It makes the reading experience a slog as I'm trying to pay attention to the actual plot between paragraphs of purple prose about how sick/beautiful/pampered the MC is. I really want to keep going since other reviews praised this novel's plot, but honestly reading this has started to feel like a chore/something I need to get through than an enjoyable pastime. Does this get better as the story progresses? I can't imagine it stays this way for all 140 some chapters! <<less
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Blelace rated it
April 29, 2021
Status: c23
This novel has easily become one of my favorites and I anxiously wait for the tls to resume 😭

I absolutely love historical and political stories so it took me by surprise when I saw how much research went into this one, the plot is rlly interesting and it does not leave you guessing, there's plotting and intrigue but it's not excessive nor overly dramatic and it's well balanced w the humor, MC transmigrated 3 years before the whole thing starts so he goes along explaining the plans he's made to... more>> deal with his problems/enemies.

Honest to god MC has my heart, hes shrewd, astute and very clever; he's also not the usual know-it-all transmigrator, there's no OOC, plot pushers or a system and he knows just the basics about the novel he was shoved into (a bit like Twitter osmosis where you see people online going nuts over a new C-drama and without meaning to you start learning some of the plot LMAO), so he's basically going almost blind and trying to become a great emperor by his own effort while also dealing with a chronic illness.

ML however is a bit of a b*stard lol, I didn't like him at first but he kinda grew on me, I wouldn't go as far as to call him yandere cuz he basically does a lot of things just to see how far he can get without being seriously punished 😂😂, he reminds me a bit of Moran but less dumb and more wild.

Aside from that the side characters are great and I love their personalities, hopefully our lovely author fleshed them out a bit more in future chaps🙏

I also have to thank the wonderful tl team taking care of this project, there's a LOT of laws, ministries n titles (you get the hang of them somewhat easily) as well as some rlly interesting facts that make the whole thing super enjoyable (like ancient Chinese soccer! 😂) So I'm sure this isn't easy.

Needless to say, highly recommended❤️ <<less
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Cherrysama rated it
September 1, 2021
Status: c35
  1. It's a good novel! Worth reading!
  2. MC is a modern guy with modern mindset who transmigrated into a body of a young pretty emperor in a novel. He is a hard worker even though he is sickly.
  3. Because of his pretty appearance, he has a lot of fanboys. But it's not a harem. The ML is only one.
  4. The plot, it is very well written! I really love how MC working very hard to build his country, he is really smart and ruthless, that's so cool.
  5. Their relationship start from enemies to lover. ML is not a fanboy, he is not like the other fanboys who are enchanted by MC's looks. He is more like, fall in love with MC's strong heart.
  6. The manhua art is so pretty!
  7. If you love novels with pretty, weak outside but strong inside shou, mad and unruly but devoted gong, then I believe this novel must be your cup of tea.
  8. Sorry for my bad English. I'm not a native speaker.
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LitTLeBeLLE rated it
December 18, 2020
Status: Completed
A novel is so sweet and delicious that I completely lose the sugar taste 😭.

It is nice to see their relationship developing at a steady, slow pace with the country's development, the people's standard of living, and their love for their caring labors; I got infected from that 😂.

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it applied an old saying from our country, which is: "A dog loves nothing but only who's suffocates him." I fully felt the reality of the saying.

Since ML did not give in until MC used the difficult ways to punish him, it was interesting to watch their interactions at the beginning of their relationship, plus she did not lose the chain in the end.


The secondary characters were not mentioned much at the end of the text. The writer presented them at the beginning with a good introduction with characters built on a solid foundation. As the chapters ended, they disappeared; they may appear a little to reveal ML's jealousy and MC's accomplishments. I think it is the only aspect that I did not like here; the writer could have increased the number of chapters and stretched the plot by using them.

I highly recommend you to read it. <<less
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SpicaGG rated it
July 26, 2021
Status: Completed
Wat can I say, smoke got in my eyes at the ending, sigh... It's been a while since Ive come across a good read. The story isn't perfect, there's still loopholes here and

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like how GYB transmigrate into the book without rhymes or reasons. His background at the real world and how the hell is he so suitable to be an Emperor. It's like he was born for it. And no specific endings of other characters like the original shou etc etc.


But wat I like is the MC's character and the flow of the story. The romance is slow burn, believable and really sweet. Some parts of the story is also quite realistic, the palace drama quite interesting without being over the top.I also feel for the ML, he's just so devoted and has wat it takes to move Mount Tai (a.k.a the Emperor). Their love story really brought tears to my eyes, it's just beautiful and touching. The most devotion I felt beside Heavenly Official's Blessing.

All in all this is def a recommended read.I MTL ed the rest of the story and it's kinda difficult, I only get like 80% of the conversations.I bet the meanings will mk the story even better! <<less
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Neollle rated it
April 8, 2021
Status: Completed
This was so good! The MC is not the typical MC in historical danmeis. MC is actually more manly and powerful but still tolerant of ML. The ML is actually what I expected to be when I saw the tags which is yandere. I think he is? But not over the top.

I keep avoiding this novel at first I thought that it is historical and somewhat hard to MTL since the translation is not yet complete. But, the MTL is understandable!

I definitely enjoyed this and RECOMMEND for everyone to read... more>> this! ❤️ <<less
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msbwhy rated it
October 2, 2021
Status: c31
I LOOOOOVE THIS SO MUCH!! Don't let this cliche-ish (or cringey) title fools you!

Ok first of all, despite the transmigration tag & the fact that MC is transmigrated into a book, when reading this, I almost forgot that MC is transmigrated. Like, he is very good at his role of being an emperor. MC is not OP, of course, because he is sick & fragile yet he is also ruthless and knows how to use his subordinates well. This wise emperor is treating his good aides really well & the... more>> disobedient one will get punished!

MC is also unknowingly setting up a harem due to his beauty~

One thing I'm really concerned is: ML. This guy is a shameless mad dog who dare to tease the emperor! Hmph! Of course for some reason ML isn't killed (SOMEHOW) due to his attitude (I think the emperor doesn't really want to punish him to death because he knows how useful ML will be in the future. Since, of course, he was written as the future prince regent in the book.)

I also like how there were minimal comedic undertone. Sometimes it's so annoying to see MC is kinda trying to match OG shou & gong from the novel, like WHAT ARE U TRYING TO DO?! As I said before, he fulfills his role as the emperor very well, he acts & manages the country just like the emperor. Sadly the translation is not done yet so I guess we gotta go MTL route~ <<less
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June 9, 2021
Status: c23
I am in love with this novel and the translation is very good heads up translater san.

Waiting for the next chapters hehhe

Trying to MTL this is a headache ughhh

Story wise its very engaging, I wonder how the protagonists love story will unfold as they currently hata each other. Ughhh the wait
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mangafan000 rated it
May 10, 2021
Status: Completed
very good novel

I love the MC (shous) !

at the beginning there was too much scene where he was trying to put the MLs together...
but fortunately he ended up abandoning the idea of the novel.

and it was he who got into a relationship with the ML (gong) .

it took a long time, especially the fact of confessing the feelings.

luckily ML was very persistent and persevering.
ML is super hot and super sweet.
MC is an emperor, so ML doesn't always dare.
especially since MC's body is very fragile...
but everything is working out.
this is not a spoiler as it is explained in the first chapter...

this is not a harem novel
shame :)
because there are a lot of MLs !!!

thanks to the author.
thanks to the translator.
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