Grave Robbers’ Chronicles/ Daomu Biji (The Lost Tomb) 盗墓笔记 by 南派三叔 Kennedy Xu Lei


Uncle Three loves good food, good booze, good card games, and bad women–and he’s never found a grave he wouldn’t rob. He can’t help it–it’s in his blood–grave robbing has been the family business for centuries.

So when his bookseller nephew comes to him with a map to an ancient tomb, Uncle Three sets off to find it, in the company of some grave-robbing colleagues, his nerdy nephew, and a strange poker-faced guy that nobody can quite figure out.

Uncle Three knows that the grave he seeks will lead him and his companions to “another kind of world,” but not even he could ever imagine what they are about to find. Lost in a labyrinthine cavern that is full of dead bodies, Uncle Three and his comrades fight for their lives as they come up against vampires, corpse-eating bugs, and blood zombies.

THE FIRST VOLUME OF The Grave Robbers’ Chronicles, which will soon be followed by Angry Sea, Hidden Sand, Cavern of the Blood Zombies is as impossible to put down as a bag of good potato chips. A story with more twists and turns than a burial cavern and the funniest grave robbers the world has ever known, it’s kept Chinese readers awake far into the night. Now it’s your turn…You can buy all these English translated novels at

(Credit: Kathy Mok – translator of English books)

[Ebook] [Eng Translation] [Đạo mộ bút ký][Drama]


[Many audiobooks including in Cantonese][Manhua] [Eng Manhua]


24 Responses

  1. Sherry
    Sherry August 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm |

    闷油瓶 is miiinnnneeeeeeee! Well, I can be generous and share him with 无邪 if I must. :p

    That’s all I have to say. LOL.

  2. Joanna
    Joanna April 9, 2014 at 9:58 am |

    My cousin asked my brother to pick up the entire series for her when he was in China last year. She read it online and wanted a hard-copy of all the books because the series was that good (according to her, lol).

    Peanuts: you can understand Cantonese, too?? I downloaded all 7 audiobooks and tried listening to the first book months ago and gave up after the 10 minute mark of the first mp3. I couldn’t get into the audio book at all! 🙁 I have the same problem when other books are being read on my local Cantonese radio channel where I’m at (AM 1480). So, I’ve come to the conclusion…Cantonese audiobooks just don’t work for me. Ahahaha, this is especially unfortunate as I come from a Cantonese speaking family. =X

  3. anoynmous
    anoynmous June 13, 2014 at 9:00 am |

    Hey! everyone,
    china is going to make a drama of Dao Mo Bi Ji.

  4. bearbear
    bearbear March 25, 2015 at 9:50 am |

    I also recommend 鬼吹灯 Ghosts Blow out the Lamp, it’s also has a manhua and it’s probably got audiobooks else where too. If you are into the grave robbing genre then check it out. 😀

  5. joannakuang
    joannakuang June 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm |

    T minus 6 days until the drama comes out.

    Translations of Kylin Zhang’s quotes from the novels: ~> you can see why so many people ship Kylin and Wu Xie (aka PingXie). Hehehe. BL alert 😛

  6. peach
    peach July 25, 2015 at 4:29 am |

    Just had to leave a comment because this is a must read novel for anyone who understands Chinese! The only thing I can say about this novel is read and you will really enjoy and immerse yourself into the story. That’s how good it is.

  7. xiaokuaizui
    xiaokuaizui August 10, 2015 at 8:35 am |

    sadly the link doesn’t work anymore. :/
    I’d love to read the books since i started studying Chinese this year and am currently watching the drama.. but I’m nowhere near good enough to read it in Chinese yet (I already have a hard time following the drama).
    Is there any other place where I could find an English translation?

  8. Sherry
    Sherry August 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm |

    Actually, there are 6 officially translated books that have been published. You can now buy a 6-volume box set on Amazon, which is half the price of buying them individually. I pre-ordered all the books because I had to get my greedy paws on them the day of release, so I never was able to capitalize on such a great deal. :p

  9. xiaokuaizui
    xiaokuaizui August 11, 2015 at 1:18 am |

    I’ve already ordered the box set on amazon…. It’s just that I’m currently on an internship in China and can’t stand the thought , that I’ll have to wait another two months until I’m back home to read them.
    I’m having a real hard time finding any pdf version. But I’ll try the link once I get off work. (I have a whole bunch of anti virus programs, so I’ll take the risk this once…… I just can’t help myself)
    Thx so much for the quick reply. 😀

    I’m so glad that I found this series, it will be a great motivator when studying Chinese.
    The thought that there is a whole fandom, that I don’t have access to is killing me… so I’ll study really hard to get there as fast as I can. 😀

  10. Yun
    Yun September 17, 2015 at 9:32 pm |

    Hello 🙂

    Anyone has read the official english translation? I’m wondering how bad (or good) it is… Since I’m really curious about the books but heard a lot is lost in the translation… And well just “Uncle Three” somehow already makes me cringe ><

  11. 1437anis
    1437anis September 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm |

    I’ve read the first book, not sure whether its lost in translation since I don’t understand either chinese or mandarin spoken or in writing but it certainly got me hooked. I’ve the pdf version of the first book, if anyone wants it you can email me and I’ll send it to you.

  12. syntax_error (@jh441914)
    syntax_error (@jh441914) September 19, 2015 at 6:24 am |

    Got into this through the tv show! I have the pdf version of the translated 1st book as well but can’t find the rest; will probably end up buying the Amazon collection after I save up enough!

  13. Yun
    Yun September 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm |

    @1437anis I can only understand a bit spoken but I heard she translated too easily stuffs into western counterparts…
    Anyway since I couldn’t find a decent pdf version… in the end I ended up buying the box set on Amazon xD So it should arrive some time next week ><
    Still thanks 1437anis 🙂

  14. peach girl
    peach girl October 20, 2015 at 12:24 pm |

    I’m a very poor girl who loves reading and stumbled across this novel series. I hope someone would put up the english translation for us to read.

  15. Cat
    Cat February 1, 2016 at 10:42 pm |

    I can’t seem to find book/volume 8 for the Cantonese radiodrama :0
    Can someone help by linking it or telling me how to find it? It will be much appreciated.

  16. Candy
    Candy February 14, 2016 at 7:15 am |

    Actually if you really want to listen to it in Cantonese, you can listen to it here
    or go to this guys account on youtube
    both of them contain all 8 books in Cantonese and more.

  17. raini
    raini February 4, 2017 at 7:03 am |

    Does anyone know if there’s a male+female voice audiobook for this series? I found a whole bunch of them on ximalaya but they’re not complete and mostly male-only. I’m basically settled on one that’s pretty good, narrator actually sounds 20-something. But I’m greedy, so just wondering if there’s a better one out there. Very addicting novel, kind of a breath of fresh air after reading nothing but romance for some time.

  18. evelyn1302
    evelyn1302 May 2, 2020 at 6:14 pm |

    Hi, anyone here who read Lao Jiu Men (the prequel of this book) too? May I ask which book am I supposed to start with? Lao Jiu Men or this or it doesn’t matter? I saw that there are many side stories to this series, so it will be good to start with the main story which is this?

  19. dramasbooksandtea
    dramasbooksandtea May 4, 2020 at 1:23 am |

    @evelyn1302 I’m haven’t read Lao Jiu Men, but based on what I understand, in terms of chronology Lao Jiu Men ought to be read first (as it is the prequel to Dao Mu Bi Ji). However, netizens have commented that there isn’t an extremely strong link between the two and that it’s perfectly fine to start with Dao Mu Bi Ji first. Hope this is of some help!

  20. evelyn1302
    evelyn1302 May 5, 2020 at 5:18 pm |

    @dramasbooksandtea Thanks for the reply! I guess I will start with this then. Since I’ve watched the Lao Jiu Men drama, guess that’s enough to serve as a background material.

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