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Jet Li
(Actor and Martial Artist Who was All-Around Youth Champion in the National Wushu Competition)
Jet Li
42
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus

Jet Li is one of the most popular Asian actors to have made it big in the American film industry. A martial artist and former Wushu champion, he won a national championship before retiring from competitive Wushu to focus on his acting career. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jet Li is closely associated with the Red Cross Society of China.

 2 
Empress Dowager Cixi
(Empress Dowager of the Qing Dynasty from 1861 to 1908)
Empress Dowager Cixi
16
Birthdate: November 29, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: November 15, 1908

Empress Dowager Cixi was a Chinese regent and empress dowager. From 1861 to 1908, Cixi served as the de facto supreme ruler of the Qing dynasty. She is credited with overseeing a series of moderate reforms called the Tongzhi Restoration, which helped the regime survive for a long period of time. She also supported military and technological reforms.  

 3 
Xi Jinping
(General Secretary of the Communist Party of China)
Xi Jinping
78
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini

Xi Jinping, President of China since 2013, is said to be the most powerful Chinese leader since Chairman Mao Zedong. He is an authoritarian leader and his reign is marked by an increase in censorship and deterioration in human rights . Also, China’s foreign policy under Xi has been more assertive, leading to a deterioration of relations with many countries.

 4 
Puyi
(Last Emperor of China)
Puyi
15
Birthdate: February 7, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 17, 1967

Puyi served as the final emperor of China's last imperial dynasty, The Qing dynasty. After Manchuria was invaded by Japan, Puyi became a puppet at the hands of the Japanese and was chosen as the emperor of the puppet state of Manchukuo. He then signed many edicts, given to him by the Japanese, including the one that made slavery legal.

 5 
Zhang Ziyi
(One of the Four Dan Actresses of China)
Zhang Ziyi
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Birthdate: February 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Chinese actor Zhang Ziyi began as a dancer and soared to fame with her role in the Academy Award-nominated film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Fans also loved her in Rush Hour 2 and Memoirs of a Geisha. Her role in the film The Grandmaster won Ziyi 12 "Best Actress" awards.
 6 
Chloe Zhao
(Known for Her Independent Films 'The Rider' and 'Songs My Brothers Taught Me')
Chloe Zhao
18
Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao is best known for directing films such as Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider, both of which earned Independent Spirit Award nominations. Her film Nomadland won her the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. She is also directing the Marvel film Eternals.
 7 
Yang Mi
(Chinese Actress and Singer)
Yang Mi
17
Birthdate: September 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Chinese actor and singer Yang Mi soared to fame with the series Tang Ming Huang and later appeared in series such as Chinese Paladin 3 and Swords of Legends. She has also appeared in movies such as Mysterious Island, the Tiny Times film franchise, and The Witness.
 8 
Qianlong Emperor
(Emperor of China)
Qianlong Emperor
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Birthdate: September 25, 1711
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 7, 1799
The Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty was the fourth son of the Yongzheng Emperor and reigned over China from 1735 to 1796. Known for the economic prosperity and military prowess his kingdom gained under his rule, he continued to indirectly rule as the Retired Emperor even after his abdication.
 9 
Ai Weiwei
(Artistic Consultant for Design of the Beijing National Stadium)
Ai Weiwei
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Named Art Review’s most powerful artist in 2011, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become a symbol of resilience against the authoritarian Chinese government. Jailed and banned from leaving the country once, he is known for using various media, such as sculpture, photos, and documentaries, to reflect Chinese human-rights abuses.
 10 
Kangxi Emperor
(Emperor of the Qing Dynasty from 1661 to 1722)
Kangxi Emperor
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Birthdate: May 4, 1654
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 20, 1722
Son of emperor Shunzhi and empress Xiaokang, Xuanye, or the Kangxi Emperor, was the Qing dynasty’s third emperor. Apart from signing the Treaty of Nerchinsk with Russia, he crushed the revolt of the three warlords, known as the Rebellion of Wu Sangui. He was also known to be a workaholic.
 11 
Lu Han
(Chinese Singer and Actor, Former Member of the South Korean-Chinese Boy Group ‘Exo’)
Lu Han
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus

Lu Han is a Chinese actor and singer who was part of the popular South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo. In 2014, he was ranked sixth in the most popular entertainment star list published by China National Radio. Over the years, Lu Han has been honored at several important film festivals like Beijing International Film Festival and Fresh Asia Chart Festival.

 12 
Faye Wong
(Singer-Songwriter Best Recognized as the 'Best Selling Canto-Pop Female' by Guinness World Records in 2000)
Faye Wong
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo

Faye Wong is a Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress. She is popularly known as  the "Diva of Asia." Her music features a combination of alternative music and mainstream Chinese pop. She is widely popular in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. As an actress, she has starred in the films Chungking Express and 2046.

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Yongzheng Emperor
(Fourth Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1722 - 1735))
Yongzheng Emperor
5
Birthdate: December 13, 1678
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: October 8, 1735

Yongzheng reigned over the Qing dynasty as its fourth Emperor from 1722 to 1735. He was also the third Qing emperor to reign over the Eighteen Provinces. Remembered for his hard-working nature, Yongzheng's most prominent objective was to come up with an effective government at minimum expense. Yongzheng, who cracked down on corruption, is credited with forming the Grand Council.

 14 
Wu Jing
(Chinese Actor, Director and Martial Artist)
Wu Jing
1
Birthdate: April 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries

Wu Jing is a Chinese martial artist, actor, and director best known for playing important roles in martial arts films like Fatal Contact, Tai Chi Boxer, and the SPL films. Widely regarded as one of the most bankable Chinese actors of all time, Wu Jing has been featured in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list on a couple of occasions.

 15 
Guangxu Emperor
(Tenth Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1875 - 1908))
Guangxu Emperor
6
Birthdate: August 14, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 14, 1908

Guangxu Emperor reigned over the Qing dynasty from 1875 to 1908. He was also the ninth Qing emperor to reign over the Eighteen Provinces or China proper. He is best remembered for initiating the Hundred Days' Reform, which was brought to an end by Empress Dowager Cixi in 1898. Subsequently, Guangxu Emperor lost power and was killed in 1908.

 16 
Leon Lai
(Singer actor and record company manager)
Leon Lai
2
Birthdate: December 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jiaqing Emperor
(6th Emperor of the Qing dynasty (1796 - 1820))
Jiaqing Emperor
2
Birthdate: November 13, 1760
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 2, 1820

Jiaqing served as the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty from 1796 to 1820. He was also the fifth Qing emperor to reign over the Eighteen Provinces. Jiaqing's reign is remembered for the prosecution of a corrupt official named Heshen. He made several attempts to curb the smuggling of opium into his dynasty and to restore order within the empire.

 18 
He Kexin
(Chinese Former Artistic Gymnast)
He Kexin
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
In spite of winning 2 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, artistic gymnast He Kexin created quite a controversy for her age, as old records showed she may not have been old enough to participate in the games. However, all investigations were closed soon, and she retained her medals.
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Tongzhi Emperor
(9th Emperor of the Qing dynasty)
Tongzhi Emperor
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Birthdate: April 27, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 12, 1875

Tongzhi Emperor was the Emperor of the Qing dynasty who reigned from 1861 to 1875. The predecessor of Xianfeng Emperor, Tongzhi was the eighth Qing emperor to reign over the Eighteen Provinces. Tongzhi was a puppet emperor whose reign was overshadowed by the influence of his mother Empress Dowager Cixi over state affairs.

 20 
Zhang Nan
(Chinese Badminton Player)
Zhang Nan
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Zhang Nan mostly won games in mixed doubles with his partner Zhao Yunlei. He has won medals in all major events, such as the Sudirman Cup and the Asian Games. Post-retirement, he became a doubles coach and was then made the chairman of the CBA.

 21 
Yang Jiang
(Chinese Playwright and Translator Who Wrote Several Successful Comedies)
Yang Jiang
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 25, 2016

Yang Jiang was a Chinese author, translator, and playwright. Yang Jiang is credited with writing several successful comedies. A prolific translator, Yang was the first Chinese to come up with a proper Chinese version of Don Quixote. Her translation is considered the definitive translation of the popular novel in China.

 22 
Zhang Xin
(chief executive officer, entrepreneur)
Zhang Xin
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
 23 
Zhu Zhu
(Chinese Singer and Actress)
Zhu Zhu
3
Birthdate: July 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 24 
Sam Chui
(Aviation travel vlogger)
Sam Chui
0
Birthdate: November 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 25 
Ken Xie
(Businessperson)
Ken Xie
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Ken Xie was born to academic parents who wanted him to be a professor. The Stanford alumnus studied engineering and ventured into entrepreneurship instead, co-founding the cybersecurity firms Fortinet and Netscreen. The billionaire businessman was named to Forbes 400 in 2020. He is the father of fashion influencer Jaime Xie.

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Lisa Lu
(Chinese Actress and Singer)
Lisa Lu
3
Birthdate: January 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Xianfeng Emperor
(Emperor)
Xianfeng Emperor
4
Birthdate: July 17, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: August 22, 1861

Qing dynasty Chinese emperor Xianfeng not just faced the invasion of the European powers but also had to deal with the internal Taiping Rebellion. In his bid to prevent the disintegration of his empire, he relied on the militia. He eventually fled his city when the Anglo-French forces advanced into it.

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Wang Yi
(Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor)
Wang Yi
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi had initially been part of the Northeast Construction Army Corps. Yi boasts of a university degree in Japanese language and has been an ambassador to Japan. He is quite popular on the Chinese micro-blogging site Sina Weibo. He has also taken care of Taiwan affairs.

 29 
Carl Pei
(Co-founded OnePlus)
Carl Pei
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
 30 
Fei-Fei Li
(Computer scientist)
Fei-Fei Li
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1976 AD
 31 
Zaifeng, Prince Chun
(Prince Regent of the Qing Dynasty)
Zaifeng, Prince Chun
0
Birthdate: February 12, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 3, 1951
 32 
Zhang Yining
(One of the Greatest Table Tennis Players in the Sport's History)
Zhang Yining
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra

Zhang Yining is a Chinese retired table tennis player best known for winning four Olympic gold medals during her career. Regarded as one of the greatest female table tennis players of all time, Zhang won 10 World Championships and four World Cups. She is also one of the most celebrated and successful female players in the history of table tennis.

 33 
Wang Dan
(Chinese Human Rights Activist and Leader of the Tiananmen Square Protests)
Wang Dan
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces

Chinese human rights activist and democracy movement leader Wang Dan was one of the most significant student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. A Harvard alumnus, he was banned from China and even imprisoned for his political activities. He eventually moved into exile in the US.

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Empress Xiaoxianchun
(Empress Consort of the Qing Dynasty)
Empress Xiaoxianchun
2
Birthdate: March 28, 1712
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 8, 1748
 35 
Daoguang Emperor
(Former Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1820 - 1850))
Daoguang Emperor
1
Birthdate: September 16, 1782
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 26, 1850

Daoguang Emperor reigned as the emperor of the Qing dynasty from 1820 to 1850. His reign not only witnessed the First Opium War but also the commencement of the Taiping Rebellion. Over the years, he has been portrayed by several actors in TV series, such as The Rise and Fall of Qing Dynasty, Sigh of His Highness, and Succession War.    

 36 
Yuen Siu-tien
(Former Hong Kong martial arts film actor)
Yuen Siu-tien
1
Birthdate: November 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 8, 1979
 37 
Wanli Emperor
(Emperor)
Wanli Emperor
0
Birthdate: September 4, 1563
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 18, 1620
 38 
Liang Chow
(Chinese-American Former Artistic Gymnast)
Liang Chow
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Chinese former artistic gymnast and the owner of Chow’s Gym, Liang Chow has over 30 international gold medals in his kitty. He later moved to the US, where he focused on coaching. He is known for training Olympic gold medalists such as Gabby Douglas and Shawn Johnson.

 39 
Wang Zhizhi
(basketball player)
Wang Zhizhi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer

Born to basketball player parents, Wang Zhizhi had begun playing the game at age 8. He later created history by becoming the first Chinese-born to compete in the NBA. Known for his successful stint with teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, he was also in the news for his 7-foot frame.

 40 
Li Jiawei
(Singaporean Table Tennis Player)
Li Jiawei
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo

Li Jiawei is a Chinese-born retired Singaporean professional table tennis player who represented Singapore in the 2008 and 2012 OlympicS, winnsng a silver medal and a bronze medal, respectively. In 2010, she helped her team win the gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow. Li Jiawei announced her retirement after the 2012 Olympics in London.

 41 
Emperor Yingzong of Ming
(Emperor)
Emperor Yingzong of Ming
0
Birthdate: November 29, 1427
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 23, 1464
 42 
Empress Wanrong
(Empress Consort of Manchukuo)
Empress Wanrong
2
Birthdate: November 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 20, 1946
 43 
Jin Youzhi
(Chinese Politician)
Jin Youzhi
0
Birthdate: August 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 10, 2015
 44 
Jiajing
(Emperor)
Jiajing
0
Birthdate: September 16, 1507
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 23, 1567
 45 
Ayurbarwada Buyantu Khan
(Emperor)
Ayurbarwada Buyantu Khan
1
Birthdate: April 9, 1285
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 1, 1320
 46 
Pujie
(Pujie was the Younger Brother of Puyi, the last Emperor of China)
Pujie
1
Birthdate: April 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 28, 1994
 47 
Zhengde
(Emperor)
Zhengde
0
Birthdate: October 27, 1491
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 20, 1521
 48 
Heshen
(Government Official)
Heshen
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 1, 1750
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 22, 1799
 49 
Jingtai Emperor
(Emperor)
Jingtai Emperor
0
Birthdate: September 21, 1428
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 14, 1457
 50 
Ma Yanhong
(Chinese Retired Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Ma Yanhong
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1964 AD