Jiang Hu’s Road is Curved

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Alone, Pang Wan entered the Jiang Hu[1]. Her dream was to become a pure lady [2], to find her destined other half.

To fulfill this dream, everyday, she would dress elegantly in white and sit in the teahouse to admire handsome men and read her novels.

She heard, the demonesses [3] related to Jiang Hu were all, depending on their martial arts capabilities, divided into groups of three, six and nine.

Currently, the evil woman, who had the beauty of a blossoming flower, who had a heart like snakes and scorpions, who could kill at such a young age, was a once in a century’s peerless demoness.

She also heard that the demoness had came down the mountains to challenge the Wu Lin [4] champion Gu Xi Ju, to take the title of number one and to wreck havoc in the Jiang Hu.

Yet again she heard that all those who had decent martial arts skills vowed to get rid of this witch.

Aiyaya, it’s not good! Isn’t this demoness her? She did not kill the person! She did not start the fire!

This infamous name of the demoness is also not what she wanted!

Looks, like Jiang Hu’s road is very curved, she better run!

[1] Literally translated as rivers and lakes. Refers to the pugilist world.
[2] Direct translation: A lady like a White Lotus, meaning pure.
[3] Not exactly the supernatural kind. It’s kind of a name for the women of Jiang Hu.
[4] Wu Lin meaning martial arts.

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Bi Bi Bi Xia
Jiang Hu Lu Wan Wan
江湖路弯弯
陛陛陛下
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Kururisu Nikusu
New Kururisu Nikusu rated it
April 15, 2019
Status: special 3
It is such a waste to think that I dropped reading this magnificent piece after reading a few parts of its first chapter before. The MC is truly narcissistic that the younger me wasn't able to bear much of her vanity and decided to discard this one. After some time, I gained broader knowledge and understanding and happened to see this once again. The me who was tired of reading and waiting for updates of ongoing historical novels decided to give this another try and luckily, I was able to... more>> persevere through the narcissism along with the countless facepalm and dry laugh I made when reading which all of it should be credited to the MC herself. However, it is not only the MC that should only be noted. I must say that the author is really great to be able to invoke feelings such as annoyance, pity and admiration in me through the characters. I would say that character development was nicely done and that the story is unpredictable, unless you read the reviews. <<less
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lolli
lolli rated it
April 6, 2016
Status: --
*** Slight spoilers ahead ***

I thought this was going to be a light romance comedy, but halfway thru the story my assumption flew out the window. I must say that the heroine starts off as happy go lucky with thoughts of being the main female lead in her own made up story. When we reach the halfway mark what happened caught me by surprise, the author totally got me tricked. I was so sure I knew who the male lead was but it turned out I was wrong. I felt... more>> so sorry for the female lead and must applaud her nemesis for being such a good actor. I hope you guys get on the right ship because mine sank all the way to the bottom of the ocean and thats exactly where I want it to stay. In the end I really enjoyed the novel and it got more serious than I thought it would get. <<less
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dysry
dysry rated it
March 11, 2016
Status: --
At first glance, the MC is a silly and slightly deluded girl who believes herself to the the lead of a story (which in this case she is) and randomly casts famed warriors as her leading man. However she is also the heir to an evil sect and having survived under these circumstances, clearly has more skill and intellect than what readers assume. Unleashed into the martial arts world, we see her interact with various famous figures, and encountering harsh trials which really test her character.

Despite her appearance Pang... more>> Wan truly is the pure lily type, that remains true to herself throughout the story. Though, rather than graceful and otherworldly, she’s more resilient and vibrant, making her very cute and adorable. While the actions of the other characters, having been warned by other readers, did make sense and feels more realistic than their first appearance.
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The male lead: While he wasn’t the best male lead ever, he was the only one who never hid his true nature from her and his situation would give her a peaceful life. So in a way Pang Wan chose the one most suited to her... after going through all the others...

Love interests: one planned out and fell for her future self, another is tied strongly to her past and cares for her platonically while the third did truly see her for who she was and loves the current her.

Ending: By the time the story finished, it truly felt the MC (and the reader) was just so tired of everything she just wanted out. I had wanted her to mature, but not to retirement age.

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Railman
Railman rated it
February 23, 2017
Status: Completed
Probably one of the best romance novel here in novelupdates, its unique and has a good plot, we rarely see chinese romance that doesnt over praise the male lead as "clean as jade", "most beautiful man in the world", "even gods pale in comparison", etc. Even though the plot twist is a little slopy, predictable and was not explained clearly (one part translation problem), still doesnt lower the excitement you get from reading this awesome novel.
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Ruyi
Ruyi rated it
February 13, 2017
Status: Completed
It is now 5AM but I have no regrets binging this novel. Amazing. It is amazing. I started out expecting some comedic parody/deconstruction of the Mary Sue trope vs wuxia, only to be completely surprised by the characters and plots that happened inside.

The twist in the first half completely changes the tone of the book in the second; while it still holds on to its humor in spirit, there's a sense of bittersweetness in the comedy that comes from growing up and facing reality--it's not all idle dreams and girlish... more>> fantasies in the world of Jiang Hu anymore.

I personally feel that parts of the ending were rushed, especially the gambits that kept piling on top of each other (though the author references this to be similar to a never ending Go game, the execution isn't quite as elegant and a little too sudden). Still, by that time I was so invested in the characters and their fate that I didn't care.

They're not just 2-D cutouts! They grow and change---or reveal that they weren't who you thought they were at all! Even "villains" (& I use quotes because it's not the "bad guys" that are the antagonists of the story here) and major side characters get depth and motivations/goals. Some parts of the novel that dealt with characters' inner thoughts and motivations, as well as poetic analogies to events/feelings of the plot, were well done.

All in all, a unique spin on a typical genre with different twists and a well deserved ending. Well done, author, well done! It kept my interest and had a satisfying finish for my favs! (Just wished the main antagonist could suffer... even more.)

Oh yeah, and have fun guessing the male lead early on! If you don't read the comments in chapters, you might be surprised. :3 <<less
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MrsNyan
MrsNyan
December 4, 2016
Status: --
If you have started reading it: DON'T DROP IT!

At first (around chapter 13-20) I was kinda disappointed by the main character. Her egocentric and delusioned world view about everything revolving around her and the ultimate goal of becoming a Mary Sue heroin.

BUT my worries got blown away rather quickly. (worry of wasting my time with that story, it is.)

... more>> ### slight spoiler/incentive ###

It gradually became sweet and funny and the delusions... they continued for a little while but were not excessive...

Until half-way through: PLOTTWIST followed by another PLOTTWIST followed by another PLOTTWIST followed by... you get the idea.

The author sure has a twisted mind (meant as a compliment). A stunning an unpredictable development of the story. The characters evolving or revealing their true selves.

Welcome to an emotional roller coaster with secret relations being unraveled, hidden psychopath sitting next to you and intrigues and schemes as well as crushing defeats.

Get the tissues ready while heading to the end! ~ <<less
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maiha-sama
maiha-sama rated it
May 23, 2017
Status: Completed
OMG Please read this!!!! This was such a pleasant surprise. Here I started off thinking its one of those run of the mill reincarnation stories. BUT!! KABOOM!!! My ships came crashing down. Haha.. It was just delicious. I get so thrilled when I meet a story that exceeds my expectations.

The story starts off pretty light and silly and it does stay pretty wistful for the most of the first part. And then I was floored. The author did me in. Haha. I went from utterly in love with to -->... more>> disbelief to --> hate with a vengeance to --> complete disgust to --> scorn to --> uneasy pity for 'someone'. In all, this has everything you want from a Josei: a sweet romance, meaty characters, drama, betrayal, revenge and then some.

At first, the MC is, simply put, delusional. Believing that all males must be attracted to her, she fails miserably. This is essentially a story of her growing up and taking off her rose tinted glasses. The male characters are very interesting and they all have flaws which is so refreshing! Sometimes you feel like throwing a brick at them.

Spoiler

All was well till the last few chapters and then it just wrapped up like the author was in a hurry to use the restroom :/ why? I feel like the MC just settled with what she got. She was so fiery and lovely at the beginning. Surely, growing up doesn't necessarily mean you become docile and lose your personality. I'd understand if she remained duller than her earlier self - that's only natural. Here though, she just seemed to accept everything that came and quietly retreated into her box.

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But I loved it all the same. To the translator who did a fab job: one big kiss :) <<less
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
February 4, 2017
Status: Completed
This series is so sweet that it'll give you diabetes. But it'll also make you laugh, tug on your heartstrings, and the big plot twist will make you gasp with horror. (Just a word of caution -- be careful when reading the reviews. If they spoil the twist for you, you'll really be missing out.)

PLOT:

A naive and vain girl from a land filled with Mary Sue's is reincarnated as the holy maiden in an evil sect. Everyone wants her to commit acts of villainy and the righteous sects... more>> all think she's a criminal, but all she wants to do is find romance and her "male lead"!

TRANSLATION:

The translation quality is excellent. The translators do an amazing job of translating poems, providing notes, and using varied and interesting language to capture the scenes.

REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this! This novel starts off light-hearted with a daydreaming (and slightly annoying) heroine, but it quickly turns into an interesting and unconventional romance that will make your heart pound. While reading the first book, you expect this to be a typical air-headed romance, but in the end it really becomes more intense, tragic, and exciting. The main character's personality develops and changes over time, and the author does a great job of conveying what it's like to realize that the "dream world" that you've been reincarnated into is actually a harsh reality. The romance develops realistically over time and all of the potential "male leads" really keep you guessing. If you're looking for an exciting romance-fantasy-comedy with a headstrong female lead, several interesting gorgeous guys for you to ship, and a good storyline that actually gets kind of deep (all the feels!!!), give this a try. <<less
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Katra1212
Katra1212 rated it
October 23, 2016
Status: c66
It's a romance comedy action novel, with a Female lead that is the epitome of Hilarious. Rollicking. Hysterical. It has the most unexpected plot twist.

Pang Wan who lives in the land of the Mary Sue (land of heroine to the attention of a harem of heros at her beck and call: in short, it's the land of love and frolic) got transported to the bloody world of Jiang Hu. What's more, she actually the Saint daughter of the most evil sect in the country.

A not so simple girl who likes... more>> to day dream entangling herself to three important men.
A man that tried to kill and save her.
A man of power she's supposed to overthrow.
And a mysterious man that taught her the ways of seduction.

Oops. Stop there... Before you speculate.

Warning: This is not a simple lighthearted romance. Ready your heart for some abuse, it will bleed and bruise. From crazy haha to a madness tear mess. <<less
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Foexi
Foexi rated it
July 19, 2018
Status: special 3
(If the synopsis sounds confusing to you as it did to me when I first saw it, whatever you do, don't bypass this book because of it; you may regret it for the rest of your life =-=)

Are you tired of the reading predictable and repetitive stories? If you are, I think you'll love this book. If you're not, this will be a treat for you. Completed at 70 chapters, this book will twist and wrench your emotions more than any other transmigration novel you'll probably ever read.

The... more>> start of the story starts off a little slow but once you are a few chapters in, you won't regret it. The MC is one of a kind; she is openly narcissist because she's a transmigrator from the land of Mary Sue (which happens to be an actual place in the book), a place where there are many harem building women with a female lead hollow to protect them all their life. Due to her Mary Sue past life, Pang Wan firmly believes she's the female lead of this new world and goes out to hunt for the best husband (s) candidates she can find in this world.

It's kind of like a comedy or parody in the first half, but halfway through, there's a sudden twist you won't see coming and the story becomes darker, filled with even more twists. There aren't many books in the xianxia and wuxia genre that have solid character development but here, the MC will surprise you and make you proud at how she grows as a character from the beginning till the end of the story.

Although there's plenty of romance, the Male Lead is a tricky thing in that it's not obvious who the true one is. Some of you will board the wrong ship. For those of you who are afraid of this, I can assure you that you don't need to worry here. You'll probably change your own ship wholeheartedly, no feelings left behind, as quick as lightning when the right time comes. I can't tell you why. But just trust me. The true Male Lead is actually pretty satisfactory even if you weren't on his ship the first time around anyway.

Gah this book was so good. I kept reading and reading without putting it down until I finally hit the end. This is probably one of the best transmigration/ wuxia novels I've ever read. I've read so many C-novels now that I can guess the plot for most of them pretty early on in the book. But this one constantly surprised me. I don't think I'll ever recover from it. <<less
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nixxara
nixxara rated it
December 8, 2016
Status: Completed
Holy shoot. I did not expect that certain scene in the story to happen. I have been left utterly and completely speechless. My ship sank so hard and so fast. Thank god I had my eye on another guy. Hopefully, she gets her act together. On to the next chapter!

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Some parts in the middle get a little dark and scary but it quickly reverts back to the original innocent story so don't be worried! The ending is perfect and smoothly patched up all the holes that were created throughout... more>> the story. I'm thoroughly satisfied.

This story started off lighthearted and the MC seemed dumb and shallow but she snaps out of it in the second half and you can't help but respect her personality & decisions. Honestly, with this character maturation, it felt like the story was completely changed. (In a great way) The author was clearly thinking everything out when writing this story. Brilliant weaved! <<less
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briose
briose rated it
June 30, 2016
Status: v2c2
This novel was such a good read. Happy-go-lucky and making you shake your head, laughing in silent at the antics of the heroine, a superficial kind of read. Yet all of that is blown away by the end of the first volume. I usually don't read novels with the tag of tragedy, yet I read this one because I found the translating site first and didn't want to spoil anything with the tags from novelupdates. I'm so glad that happened and I urge you to read it if you shy... more>> away from tragedy novels. <<less
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Bib
Bib rated it
May 22, 2016
Status: c28
It's one of those transmigration stories with a twist. Although the main female lead is so vain and narcissistic, she eventually comes to the realization of her status. She's really funny. I absolutely ship her with the third main male lead. Their interactions with each other are hilarious. He Qing Lu x Pang Wan ship all the way.
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Yuki_Chaos22
Yuki_Chaos22 rated it
May 7, 2018
Status: Completed
THIS NOVEL IS A FREAKING GEM. I REGRET NOT READING IT SOONER ;-;

I had this on my reading list since forever but I didn't really wanna read it since the summary sounded boring but I REGRET not doing it fast enough. XXM chooses and translate novels that tugs my heart strings ALL THE TIME like she has a grudge against me. Every time I finish a novel in her website, I would feel like my life has become colourless again. Now lets... more>> talk about the novel before I cry.

The first half of the book I was really enjoying it because of the humour and the narcissistic view of PW but however I felt like it got dragged too long so I went to the spoilers forum but it was another BAD IDEA cuz the next chapter was where all the fun begins. I managed to save my interest and kept reading. I really have to say, PW had the best character development I've seen so far. Or probably one of the few I've seen and admired. The ML's turns out be the people who would twist her world and everything that forced her to mature (Only the scum GXJ but who cares bout him?) really badly. Like one of the reviewers said, I felt like she could've matured more but I'm satisfied with the ending. I mean, she did give us a HUGE moral of the story. Besides, why bother fighting when you could just live peacefully with someone who truly cares for you? What I'm most proud of is that I JUMPED ON THE RIGHT SHIP MWAHAHHAHAHAHA. Though my biggest regret is that WHY DOES EVERY 2ND ML ALWAYS END UP ALONE IN EVERY STORY??? ;-;

Also the POVS/Side story, the only thing that was really interesting was Nan Yi ge's story and the rest was nah. The author should've just continued of when PW and HQL had kids etc or probably change the POV'S to the one and only scum GXJ or HQL mah boi. Anyways, I'd like to thank XXM for translating this wonderful novel. I really enjoyed it. <<less
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Angana
Angana rated it
March 1, 2018
Status: Completed
It's the kind of novel that grips your attention from the very beginning. I love the female lead. The story began as a lighthearted novel and then (BAM!) you get a twist in the novel that changes the direction of the story. However, the entire story is an enjoyable road. I finished it in one sitting. :D

If you are debating whether to pick up this novel or not, trust me (because I have read plenty of web novels by now) and add it to your reading list. :) You won't... more>> regret. <<less
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sibyl97
sibyl97 rated it
January 14, 2018
Status: Completed
This is not for 'beginners' of chinese novels.

If you've read lots of chinese novels with lots of cliches and dog blood makjang plot, I think you would enjoy this more because it is so fresh and different. Twist upon twist, I have laughed, cried, creeped out, shocked, felt bitter and feeling warm and sweetness.

There are two part of the story. The first part made me cringed and quite painful because Pan Wan was still living in her delusion where every handsome males in Jianghu were in love with her. The... more>> second part was when she woke up and face the reality.
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When she's sober and realised that she has lost everything, I got teary. Especially when the true male lead was being true to her but she had already developed an inferiority complex and felt that there's no way he would liked her. It just pains me every time she reminds herself that she is not worth to be loved.

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Without the first part, the second part won't be as impactful and as sweet.

The author certainly give a different point of view the mainstream plot.
Spoiler

Usually in novels, male leads would just fell in love with a silly cheerful female lead upon first meeting with no reason other than 'you intrigued me... you're not like other girls... etc etc'. But have you thought whether there is a different motive of wanting to get close to the girl. After all, a pie won't just fall of the sky with no reason or a handsome perfect powerful male god in real life.

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On the other hand, the translation can't get any better I think. <<less
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SHIPPER
SHIPPER rated it
May 28, 2017
Status: --
Read this!

It was a rough start for me at first because of the self-centered MC and her try hard Mary Sue comments making her so ingrating and annoying instead of funny.

She really grew on me though and the story did not start to pick up until about chapter 11 but as long as you reach ch11, it became so interesting you wont be able to put it down!

I like that you dont know who the male lead or second male lead is in this novel because she considers everybody. I... more>> live for this.

It's a COMPLETE novel to boot! Read this! There were so many twsists and reveals but it is such an enjoyable read! You get a sense of fulfillment after finishing it and a bit of longing since it's over.

I recommend reading Meow Meow Meow too after if you haven't read it yet since the MCd are similar: funny, naive, innocent a bit, and not annoying. <<less
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jkmessah
jkmessah rated it
September 20, 2016
Status: c60
I had my apprehension before starting this novel but I took a plunge in my search for more female protagonists.

I am truly glad that the first review I read gave me some time to prepare for that plot twist. I suppose it took out a big chunk of the surprise but it was still impactful. Truly, someone in this novel deserves an Oscar award. Move out Leonardo, he's one up on you. A great novel that does turn a bit dark which I think is a refreshing thing. Come and... more>> check it out, the translation is great as always thanks to the awesome translators. <<less
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dryzzle
yzrahc rated it
August 21, 2016
Status: c52
It is a mixed of innocence and cruelty. For how many chapters it made me root for different men while figuring out how it will come to end knowing that she's from the evil sect. I gave my hands up to the author for one of the male leads completely fooling me. (sigh) It breaks my heart at the same time... and still waiting for tragedies to come...

It's like she (MC) brings you to wonder land (Mary Sue) then suddenly you realized it was all a nightmare. The weird thing... more>> was I'm thankful it was a nightmare for it has awakened the MC. <<less
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Please kindly see that there's a tragedy tag in this series. MC is reincarnated into a new world where martial artist, before she was a protagonist in a otome game like-world with reverse harem route. So she always believe that this life is also similar to that past reincarnation of her. Handsome man came and go, still do not know who is the male lead.

Even though the story is fun and amusing, but I can't get my heart into this. The tragedy came and go (at least until chapter 46),... more>> but my heart still not moved, my tears still not fall. <<less
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icecream
icecream rated it
June 27, 2016
Status: c58
This is one of my favorite novels! It keeps you guessing and is extremely funny. Worth your time because of the story, which is so unique in that it isn't conventional at all, and slaps your face when you least expect it, but in an awesome and unbelievable way. It is written in a light and cute perspective, but has many dark undertones you hardly detect. This is a gem of a novel!
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