List of famous Chinese men with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Famous People From China

The Chinese are famous for their intelligence, dedication and industriousness. China, one of the most populous countries of the world is also one of the fastest growing ones. Often touted as an emerging superpower, China is indeed a great nation to reckon with. Chinese men have since the beginning of civilization contributed a lot to the world in the fields of astronomy, science, religion, philosophy, mathematics, arts, and literature. The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius is undoubtedly one of the greatest ever teachers to have walked this earth while the philosopher Laozi is almost revered as a deity. The Chinese are blessed with an innate sense of artistry and aesthetics and Chinese artists and painters like An Zhengwen, Cáo Xuěqín, and Chéng Zhèngkuí have enriched the world of fine arts through the past many centuries.

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
(Actor, Martial Artist)

27 November 1940

20 July 1973

San Francisco

Sagittarius

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)

26 December 1893

09 September 1976

Shaoshan

Capricorn

Xi JinpingXi Jinping
(General Secretary of the Communist Party of China)

15 June 1953

Beijing

Gemini

PuyiPuyi
(Last Emperor of China)

07 February 1906

17 October 1967

Prince Chun Mansion, Beijing, China

Aquarius

ConfuciusConfucius
(Renowned Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher)

28 September 0551

0479 BC

Qufu

Libra

Jack MaJack Ma
(Founder & Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group)

10 September 1964

Hangzhou

Virgo

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping

22 August 1904

19 February 1997

Guang'an, Sichuan

Leo

Chiang Kai-shekChiang Kai-shek
(President of the Republic of China)

31 October 1887

05 April 1975

Xikou

Scorpio

Yao MingYao Ming
(Basketball Player)

12 September 1980

Shanghai, China

Virgo

Yip ManYip Man
(Martial Artist)

01 October 1893

02 December 1972

Foshan

Libra

Qin Shi HuangQin Shi Huang
(King)

0259 BC

0210 BC

Handan

Sun TzuSun Tzu
(Ancient Military General, Strategist & Philosopher)

0544 BC

0496 BC

Hu JintaoHu Jintao
(Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China)

21 December 1942

Taizhou

Sagittarius

Cao CaoCao Cao
(Chinese warlord)

18 March 0155

15 March 0220

Bozhou, Anhui, China

Pisces

Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo
(Chinese Human Rights Activist)

28 December 1955

Changchun, China

Capricorn

Hu GeHu Ge
(Actor)

20 September 1982

Shanghai, China

Virgo

MenciusMencius
(Philosopher)

0372 BC

0289 BC

Zoucheng, China

Lin DanLin Dan
(Badminton Player)

14 October 1983

Longyan

Libra

Hans ZhangHans Zhang
(Actor)

06 October 1984

Qiqihar, China

Libra

Emperor Wu of HanEmperor Wu of Han
(Emperor of China)

30 June 0156

29 March 0087

Chang'an

Cancer

Zhao ZiyangZhao Ziyang
(Former Prime Minister of China)

17 October 1919

17 January 2005

Hua County, Anyang, China

Libra

Tsung-Dao LeeTsung-Dao Lee
(Physicist)

24 November 1926

Shanghai, China

Sagittarius

Mo YanMo Yan
(Novelist & Short Story Writer)

17 February 1955

Gaomi, Shandong, China

Aquarius

Wang Jingwei (Wang Ching-wei)Wang Jingwei
(Politician, Diplomat)

04 May 1883

10 November 1944

Sanshui, Guangdong, Qing Dynasty, China

Taurus

Sun Yat Sen Sun Yat Sen
(Chinese Revolutionary and 'Father of Modern china')

12 November 1866

12 March 1925

Zhongshan

Scorpio

Lee Hoi-chuenLee Hoi-chuen
(Opera Singer, Actor)

04 February 1901

07 February 1965

Shunde District, China

Aquarius

Lao Tzu (Laozi)Lao Tzu (Laozi)
(Philosopher)

0601 BC

0531 BC

Henan

Deng ChaoDeng Chao
(Actor, Singer)

02 February 1979

Nanchang, China

Aquarius

Emperor Yang of SuiEmperor Yang of Sui
(Emperor of China’s Sui dynasty)

0569 AD

11 April 0618

Lin YutangLin Yutang
(Writer)

10 October 1895

26 March 1976

Banzai, Pinghe, Zhangzhou, Fujian

Libra

An WangAn Wang
(Co-founder of Wang Laboratories)

07 February 1920

24 March 1990

Shanghai, China,

Aquarius

Lin GengxinLin Gengxin
(Actor)

13 February 1988

Shenyang, China

Aquarius

James Wong Howe James Wong Howe
(Cinematographer)

28 August 1899

12 July 1976

Taishan, Guangdong, China

Virgo

Lu HanLu Han
(Singer)

20 April 1990

Haidian District, Beijing, China

Aries

LaoziLaozi

Henan

Joseph LauJoseph Lau
(Hong Kong billionaire)

1951 AD

Hong Kong

Guan YuGuan Yu

0219 AD

Yuncheng

Bao XishunBao Xishun
(herder)

1951 AD

Inner Mongolia

Poon LimPoon Lim
(Sailor)

08 March 1918

04 January 1991

Hainan

Pisces

Xu MingXu Ming
(businessperson)

31 March 1971

04 December 2015

Dalian

Aries

XuanzangXuanzang
(Scholar)

0602 AD

05 February 0664

Luoyang, China

Li BaiLi Bai
(Poet)

0701 AD

0762 AD

Suyab

Hongwu EmperorHongwu Emperor
(Prince)

21 October 1328

24 June 1398

Fengyang County, Chuzhou, China

Libra

ZhuangziZhuangzi
(Philosopher,Writer)

0369 BC

0286 BC

Mengcheng County, Bozhou, China

Stanley HoStanley Ho
(Politician, Entrepreneur)

25 November 1921

British Hong Kong

Sagittarius

Lu XunLu Xun
(Writer, Essayist, Poet, Literary critic, Esperantist)

25 September 1881

19 October 1936

Shaoxing

Libra

Wong Fei-hungWong Fei-hung
(Physician, Acupuncturist)

09 July 1847

25 March 1924

Foshan

Cancer

MoziMozi

China

Chiang Ching-kuoChiang Ching-kuo
(Politician)

27 April 1910

13 January 1988

Zhejiang

Taurus

Wang MangWang Mang

Daoguang EmperorDaoguang Emperor

16 September 1782

25 February 1850

Forbidden City

Virgo

Xiang YuXiang Yu

Hawick LauHawick Lau
(Singer, Actor)

13 October 1974

Hong Kong

Libra

Liu XiangLiu Xiang
(hurdler, athletics competitor)

13 July 1983

Putuo District, Shanghai

Cancer

Shang YangShang Yang
Tongzhi EmperorTongzhi Emperor

27 April 1856

12 January 1875

Forbidden City

Taurus

Ip ChingIp Ching
(martial artist)

1936 AD

Foshan

Li SiLi Si

Su ShiSu Shi
(Poet, Writer, Painter)

08 January 1037

24 August 1101

Meishan

Capricorn

Chen-Ning YangChen-Ning Yang
(physicist, university teacher, theoretical physicist)

22 September 1922

Hefei

Virgo

Zhang SanfengZhang Sanfeng
Xi ZhongxunXi Zhongxun
(Politician)

15 October 1913

24 May 2002

Fuping County

Libra

Zhang HengZhang Heng
(cartographer, mathematician, astronomer, anthropologist, mechanical engineer, philosopher)

0078 AD

0139 AD

Nanyang

Bao ZhengBao Zheng
(Judge)

11 April 0999

20 May 1062

Feidong County

Aries

Zhu XiZhu Xi
Dickson PoonDickson Poon
(Businessperson)

19 June 1956

1800s–1930s in Hong Kong

Gemini

Shen KuoShen Kuo
(physicist, cartographer, mathematician, astronomer, poet)

1031 AD

1095 AD

Hangzhou

Li HongzhangLi Hongzhang
(Diplomat, Mandarin)

15 February 1823

07 November 1901

Hefei

Aquarius

Chen DuxiuChen Duxiu
(Politician, Professor, Philosopher, Journalist)

08 October 1879

27 May 1942

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Libra

Ling JihuaLing Jihua
(politician)

30 September 1956

Pinglu County

Libra

Shiing-Shen ChernShiing-Shen Chern
(Mathematician, University teacher)

26 October 1911

03 December 2004

Jiaxing

Scorpio

Wang ZhizhiWang Zhizhi
(basketball player)

08 July 1977

Beijing

Cancer

Li XiannianLi Xiannian
(Politician)

23 June 1909

21 June 1992

Hong'an County

Cancer

Zuo ZongtangZuo Zongtang

10 November 1812

05 September 1885

Xiangyin County

Scorpio

HuinengHuineng

PujiePujie

16 April 1907

28 February 1994

Beijing

Aries

Li YuanchaoLi Yuanchao
(politician, mathematician)

20 November 1950

Changzhou

Scorpio

Jin YouzhiJin Youzhi

17 August 1918

10 April 2015

Beijing

Leo

Zaifeng, Prince ChunZaifeng, Prince Chun
(Politician)

12 February 1883

03 February 1951

Beijing

Aquarius

Chin PengChin Peng
(politician)

21 October 1924

16 September 2013

Perak

Libra

Zhang DejiangZhang Dejiang
(politician)

04 November 1946

Tai'an County

Scorpio

Lim Goh TongLim Goh Tong
(entrepreneur)

28 February 1918

23 October 2007

Anxi County

Pisces

Yu ZhengshengYu Zhengsheng
(politician)

01 April 1945

Shaoxing

Aries

Lee Shau-keeLee Shau-kee
(Entrepreneur, Banker, Businessperson)

29 January 1928

Shunde District

Aquarius

Su SongSu Song
(cartographer, civil engineer, astronomer, engineer, diplomat)

1020 AD

1101 AD

Quanzhou

Lau Kar-leungLau Kar-leung

28 July 1934

25 June 2013

Guangzhou

Leo

Zhang GaoliZhang Gaoli
(politician.economist)

01 November 1946

Jinjiang, Fujian

Scorpio

Kenneth TsangKenneth Tsang
(actor, film actor)

01 January 1935

Hong Kong

Capricorn

Charles HeungCharles Heung
(Actor, Film producer, Television presenter)

16 December 1948

Sagittarius

Cao XueqinCao Xueqin
(writer, poet, painter, novelist)

12 July 1724

1763 AD

Nanjing

Cancer

Luo GuanzhongLuo Guanzhong
(writer)

1330 AD

1400 AD

Taiyuan

Leung Siu-lungLeung Siu-lung
(actor)

08 April 1948

Hong Kong

Aries

Sogyal RinpocheSogyal Rinpoche
(writer)

1947 AD

Kham

Wang DuluWang Dulu
(writer)

1909 AD

1977 AD

Beijing

Li ZongrenLi Zongren
(Politician)

13 August 1890

30 January 1969

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Leo

Wang DanWang Dan
(human rights activist)

26 February 1969

Beijing

Pisces

Xu GuangqiXu Guangqi
(mathematician, astronomer, writer)

04 May 1562

08 November 1633

Shanghai

Taurus

Bruce LeBruce Le
(Actor)

05 June 1950

Hong Kong

Gemini

Roy ChiaoRoy Chiao
(Actor)

16 March 1927

14 April 1999

Shanghai

Pisces

Quote Of The Day

Contemporary Chinese men too uphold the ideals of their forefathers. Yang Liwei became the first Chinese man in space while the Nobel Prize laureate physicist Chen-Ning Franklin Yang became known for his work on statistical mechanics. Chinese men have also left their impact in the field of sports and entertainment. Read on to discover more interesting facts about the Chinese men who have contributed much to world civilization.