Famous Chinese Women

Petite and pretty with delicate features, Chinese women have since long been admired by men all over the world. However living in the patriarchic Chinese society had never been easy for the women who for centuries had been considered as little more than property. The status of the Chinese women had begun to change only during the 20th century when more women gained access to education and opportunities to build a career other than that of being a homemaker. Today China boasts of having a large percentage of working women in its population.

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 1 Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wuhan, China

Popularly known as Fairy Sister, Liu Yifei is a famous actress, singer, and model. In 2009, she was named among the New Four Dan actresses of China. As a singer, she has released a couple of albums including a Japanese album titled All My Words. In 2020, she was ranked 30th in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list.

 2 Dilraba Dilmurat

Dilraba Dilmurat
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China
Dilraba Dilmurat, also known as Dilireba, is a Chinese actor and model of Uyghur descent. She is known for her roles in films such as Mr. Pride vs Miss Prejudice and series such as The Backlight of Love. She has also been featured on Forbes China Celebrity 100 multiple times.

 3 Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
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.
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 4 Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: September 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Qingdao, Shandong, China
Chinese actor Fan Bingbing is best known for her roles in hits such as Cell Phone and X-Men: Days of Future Past. She was featured on Forbes China Celebrity 100 for 4 years. She is a fashion icon and has also served as a judge at the Academy Awards

 5 Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi
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Famous As: Chinese Empress Dowager
Birthdate: November 29, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
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.  

 6 Angelababy

Angelababy
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Angelababy is an actress, model, and singer who was selected as one of the New Four Dan Actresses in 2013 by Southern Metropolis Daily. She is known for playing Ding Sitian in the 2015 Chinese action adventure thriller film Mojin: The Lost Legend, for which she received the prestigious Hundred Flowers Award in 2016. Angelababy is also a well-known philanthropist.

 7 Shen Yue

Shen Yue
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: February 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wugang, Hunan

Shen Yue is a Chinese actress, model, and singer. She is known for playing important roles in TV series like A Love So Beautiful. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Shen Yue won the Next Generation Influencers for Global Philanthropy award in 2019. The same year, she won the Philanthropy Idol of the Year at the Madame Figaro Fashion Awards.

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 8 Wu Zetian

Wu Zetian
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Famous As: Chinese Empress
Birthdate: February 17, 0624
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lizhou, Tang Dynasty
Died: December 16, 0705

Wu Zetian was a Chinese empress regnant who ruled the Zhou dynasty from 690 to 705. She is the only female monarch in Chinese history. Before ruling the Zhou dynasty, Wu Zetian had served as the de facto ruler of China from 665 to 690. Under her political and military leadership, the Chinese empire expanded beyond its former territorial limits.

 9 Chloe Zhao

Chloe Zhao
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beijing, China
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.

 10 Gong Li

Gong Li
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Gong Li is best known for her roles in Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, The Story of Qiu Ju, and the live-action version of Mulan. She was the first Asian to head the jury at both the Berlin and Venice film festivals and served as a FAO goodwill ambassador.

 11 Yang Mi

Yang Mi
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: September 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Xuanwu District, Beijing
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.

 12 Ching Shih

Ching Shih
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Famous As: 19th Century Pirate
Birthdate: 1775 AD
Birthplace: Guangzhou, Guangdong, Qing
Died: 1844 AD

Ching Shih went from being a prostitute who worked in a Canton brothel to a notorious pirate who controlled the Red Flag Fleet. Legend has it that pirate Zhèng Yi, or Cheng I, had married Ching Shih when he raided her brothel, and she had then taken over his fleet.

 13 Zhao Liying

Zhao Liying
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Famous As: Chinese Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Langfang, China
Chinese actor Zhao Liying, or Zanilia Zhao, soared to fame with her roles in series such as Legend of Lu Zhen, The Journey of Flower, and Legend of Fei. She won the 2006 Yahoo Search Star Game and has also appeared in films such as Crazy New Year's Eve

 14 Xi Mingze

Xi Mingze
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Famous As: Daughter of Xi Jinping
Birthdate: June 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Funian, Sichuan

Xi Mingze is the daughter of the Chinese President and Paramount Leader Xi Jinping. She prefers to keep a low profile, and made her first public appearance alongside her parents in 2013. In 2008, she had volunteered as a relief worker in Hanwang, Mianzhu after the Great Sichuan earthquake.

 15 Victoria Song

Victoria Song
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Qingdao, Shandong, China

Victoria Song is a Chinese actress, singer, dancer, TV presenter, model, and author. Over the years, she has received several awards, such as an MBC Entertainment Award and China TV Drama Awards. In 2017, 2019, and 2020, she was named on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list. Also a philanthropist, Victoria Song has worked alongside organizations like UNICEF and Red Cross.

 16 Hannah Quinlivan

Hannah Quinlivan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan

 17 Joan Chen

Joan Chen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Chinese-American actor Joan Chen initially came to be known for the films Little Flower and The Last Emperor and later appeared as Jocelyn 'Josie' Packard in the series Twin Peaks. She also delivered a multiple-award-winning role in The Home Song Stories and directed Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.

 18 Tiffany Tang

Tiffany Tang
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanghai, China

Tiffany Tang is a Chinese singer and actress. One of the most decorated Chinese actresses of her generation, Tiffany Tang has won several prestigious awards, such as Beijing TV Drama Award, China TV Drama Awards, and Huading Awards. She has also been named on Forbes China Celebrity 100 lists on several occasions.

 19 Peng Liyuan

Peng Liyuan
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Famous As: Wife of Xi Jinping
Birthdate: November 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Linyi, China
Chinese folk singer Peng Liyuan, or The Peony Fairy, was already a star before she became China’s First Lady, as the wife of President Xi Jinping. She has been part of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and is known for her songs in support of the Communist Party.

 20 Carrie Lam

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

Carrie Lam is a Hong Kong politician who has been serving as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017. From 2007 to 2012, she served as the Secretary for Development. From 2012 to 2017, Lam was the Chief Secretary for Administration. A controversial leader, Carrie Lam's administration witnessed the criminalization of the Hong Kong National Party.

 21 Jiang Qing

Jiang Qing
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhucheng, Weifang, China
Died: May 14, 1991

 22 Faye Wong

Faye Wong
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: August 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beijing, China

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.

 23 Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

 24 Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines

 25 Anita Mui

Anita Mui
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: British Hong Kong
Died: December 30, 2003

 26 Nancy Kwan

Nancy Kwan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Born to a British mother and a Chinese father, Nancy Kwan became a symbol of the rise of Asian artists in Hollywood. She earned her breakthrough role in The World of Suzie Wong while still a budding ballerina. Following her son’s death due to HIV, she began promoting AIDS awareness.

 27 Zhao Wei

Zhao Wei
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhu, Anhui

Zhao Wei is a Chinese actress, filmmaker, pop singer, and businesswoman. One of the most popular Chinese actresses, Zhao is also one of the highest-paid actresses in China. Renowned for her performance in popular films like Shaolin Soccer, Zhao Wei is widely considered the first national idol of Mainland China since the Chinese economic reform in 1978.

 28 Li Na

Li Na
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhan, China

Li Na is a Chinese former tennis player. A former world No. 2, Li Na won two Grand Slam singles titles over the course of her career. She achieved international recognition in 2011 after becoming the first Asian Grand Slam singles champion. In 2019, she became the first Asian-born player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

 29 Tu Youyou

Tu Youyou
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Famous As: chemist, pharmacologist, inventor, university teacher
Birthdate: December 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ningbo

Chinese phytochemist and malariologist Tu Youyou is best remembered for her Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the anti-malarial drug qinghaosu, or artemisinin. She is the first Chinese female Nobel laureate. A tuberculosis infection in her younger days had inspired her to step into medicine. She later studied traditional Chinese medicine, too.

 30 Liu Wen

Liu Wen
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yongzhou, Hunan, China

 31 Wengie

Wengie
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Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: January 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guangzhou

Chinese-Australian YouTuber Wengie has earned a phenomenally huge fan base on YouTube with her DIY, beauty, fashion, and prank videos. She has also experimented with music, releasing tracks such as Baby Believe Me. She also manages a channel that is exclusively dedicated to content related to her two cats. 

 32 G.E.M.

G.E.M.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 33 Ruth Graham

Ruth Graham
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Famous As: Philanthropist, Poet, Author
Birthdate: June 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Qingjiang, Kiangsu, China
Died: June 14, 2007

American Christian author Ruth Graham had met evangelist Billy Graham at Wheaton College, and they got soon after. Daughter of medical missionary parents, Ruth had grown up in China. She was an avid philanthropist and had raised her five children almost singlehandedly while Billy was mostly touring as an evangelist.

 34 Karen Mok

Karen Mok
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Model
Birthdate: June 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 35 Zeng Jinlian

Zeng Jinlian
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Famous As: Tallest Woman
Birthdate: June 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hunan, China
Died: February 13, 1982

 36 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: February 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Xinghua, China

Hou Yifan is a Chinese chess player who won two gold medals at the 2010 Asian Games. Hou, who achieved the grandmaster title in 2008, is the second-highest-rated female chess player ever. Hou is also the youngest ever player to win the Women's World Chess Championship title. She is also regarded as the greatest female chess player of her generation.

 37 Ni Ni

Ni Ni
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: China

 38 Liu Tao

Liu Tao
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: July 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Xihu District, Nanchang

Chinese actor Liu Tao is best known for the comedy series My Fair Princess III and the wuxia series Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. Her performance in the melodrama To Elderly with Love won her a Golden Eagle “Best Actress” award. The mother of two is married to entrepreneur Ke Wang.

 39 Betty Sun

Betty Sun
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shanghai

 40 Soong May-ling

Soong May-ling
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: March 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Empire of the Great Qing, China
Died: October 23, 2003
Soong May-ling was a Chinese political figure best remembered as the wife of President Chiang Kai-shek. She played an important role in the politics of China and held several honorary and active positions. She also played a prominent role during the Second Sino-Japanese War, rallying several Chinese people against the invasion of the Japanese.  

 41 Yang Jiang

Yang Jiang
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beijing, China
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.

 42 Tina Guo

Tina Guo
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Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 43 Isabella Leong

Isabella Leong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portuguese Macau

 44 Jane Zhang

Jane Zhang
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chengdu, Sichuan, China

 45 Gladys Aylward

Gladys Aylward
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: February 24, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, United Kingdom
Died: January 3, 1970
Unable to fund the ship fare from London to China, British missionary Gladys Aylward opted for a train journey via Siberia and then sailed to China on a Japanese ship. She led about 100 children from an orphanage in Sian to safety, in a war-torn China.

 46 Tsai Chin

Tsai Chin
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Famous As: actor, singer, author, writer
Birthdate: November 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shanghai

 47 Liu Xiaoqing

Liu Xiaoqing
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Famous As: actor, autobiographer
Birthdate: October 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fuling District

 48 Adrienne Clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson
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Famous As: 26th Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Central, Hong Kong

 49 Ming Xi

Ming Xi
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shanghai, People's Republic of China China

 50 Huang Shengyi

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Famous As: actor, entrepreneur, singer,model
Birthdate: February 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai

Chinese women are excelling in many fields hitherto primarily dominated by males and are setting great examples for the future generation of females to follow. Song Qing Ling, the first lady of China devoted her life to make the country a better place for women and children. Liu Yang defied tradition to become the first ever Chinese woman to journey into space while the scientist Ling Meng acquired fame for her work on cellular communication in plants. In keeping up with China’s rich literary culture, Zhang Jie became the first feminist writer in China. Chinese woman have also made their mark in the world of fashion, films, and sports. Intrigued to learn more about inspiring Chinese women? Read on!