Find out more about the greatest Chinese, including Bruce Lee, Jack Ma, Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping and Kris Wu.

Friendly, accommodating and polite, the Chinese people would go to great lengths to avoid conflicts or embarrassment. Quiet and unassuming on the surface, yet burning with passion and determination on the inside, the Chinese have aptly earned the title ‘The Sleeping Dragon’. China is one of the most ancient civilizations and her contributions to the world are immeasurable. One of the world’s fastest growing economies, China has been among the largest and most complicated economies over the past two thousand years. The Chinese are very hardworking, creative, and intellectual.

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
(Actor, Martial Artist)

27 November 1940

20 July 1973

San Francisco

Sagittarius

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

15 June 1953

Beijing

Gemini

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)

26 December 1893

09 September 1976

Shaoshan

Capricorn

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

10 September 1964

Hangzhou

Virgo

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

Ruth GrahamRuth Graham
(Philanthropist, Poet, Author)

10 June 1920

14 June 2007

Qingjiang, Kiangsu, China

Gemini

ConfuciusConfucius
(Renowned Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher)

28 September 0551

0479 BC

Qufu

Libra

Kris WuKris Wu
(Actor, model, singer)

06 November 1990

Guangzhou

Scorpio

Zhang ZiyiZhang Ziyi
(Actress)

09 February 1979

Beijing, China

Aquarius

Qin Shi HuangQin Shi Huang
(King)

0259 BC

0210 BC

Handan

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping

22 August 1904

19 February 1997

Guang'an, Sichuan

Leo

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

0544 BC

0496 BC

PuyiPuyi
(Last Emperor of China)

07 February 1906

17 October 1967

Prince Chun Mansion, Beijing, China

Aquarius

Fan BingbingFan Bingbing
(Actress, Singer)

16 September 1981

Qingdao, Shandong, China

Virgo

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

21 December 1942

Taizhou

Sagittarius

Liu YifeiLiu Yifei
(Actress, Singer, Model)

25 August 1987

Wuhan, Hubei, China

Virgo

AngelababyAngelababy
(Model)

28 February 1989

Shanghai, China

Pisces

Yang MiYang Mi
(Actor, Singer)

12 September 1986

Xuanwu District, Beijing, China

Virgo

BodhidharmaBodhidharma
(Buddhist Monk)

0483 AD

0540 AD

India

Zhao LiyingZhao Liying
(Chinese Actress)

16 October 1987

Langfang, China

Libra

Jiang ZeminJiang Zemin
(Politician)

17 August 1926

Yangzhou, Jiangsu

Leo

Xi MingzeXi Mingze
(Daughter of Xi Jinping)

27 June 1992

Funian, Sichuan

Cancer

Wu ZetianWu Zetian
(Chinese Empress)

17 February 0625

16 December 0705

Chang'an

Aquarius

Empress Dowager CixiEmpress Dowager Cixi
(Chinese Empress Dowager)

29 November 1835

15 November 1908

Beijing, China

Sagittarius

Lu HanLu Han
(Singer)

20 April 1990

Haidian District, Beijing, China

Aries

Cao CaoCao Cao
(Chinese warlord)

18 March 0155

15 March 0220

Bozhou, Anhui, China

Pisces

Peng LiyuanPeng Liyuan
(Wife of Xi Jinping)

20 November 1962

Linyi, China

Scorpio

Lin DanLin Dan
(Badminton Player)

14 October 1983

Longyan

Libra

Zhao WeiZhao Wei
(Actress)

12 March 1976

Wuhu, Anhui

Pisces

Victoria SongVictoria Song
(Singer)

02 February 1987

Qingdao, Shandong, China

Aquarius

WengieWengie
(YouTuber)

09 January 1986

Guangzhou

Capricorn

Zhao ZiyangZhao Ziyang
(Former Prime Minister of China)

17 October 1919

17 January 2005

Hua County, Anyang, China

Libra

Tiffany TangTiffany Tang
(Actress)

06 December 1983

Hanghai, China

Sagittarius

Edison Chen Edison Chen
(Actor, Singer, Record Producer)

07 October 1980

Vancouver

Libra

Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo
(Chinese Human Rights Activist)

28 December 1955

Changchun, China

Capricorn

Liu TaoLiu Tao
(Actress, Singer)

12 July 1978

Xihu District, Nanchang, China

Cancer

Zhou XunZhou Xun
(Actor, Singer)

18 October 1974

Quzhou, Zhejiang

Libra

Lin GengxinLin Gengxin
(Actor)

13 February 1988

Shenyang, China

Aquarius

Yip ManYip Man
(Martial Artist)

01 October 1893

02 December 1972

Foshan

Libra

Hans ZhangHans Zhang
(Actor)

06 October 1984

Qiqihar, China

Libra

Wang JianlinWang Jianlin
(Business Magnate)

24 October 1954

Mianyang

Scorpio

Hu GeHu Ge
(Actor)

20 September 1982

Shanghai, China

Virgo

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

30 June 0156

29 March 0087

Chang'an

Cancer

Deng ChaoDeng Chao
(Actor, Singer)

02 February 1979

Nanchang, China

Aquarius

MenciusMencius
(Philosopher)

0372 BC

0289 BC

Zoucheng, China

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

04 May 1883

10 November 1944

Sanshui, Guangdong, Qing Dynasty, China

Taurus

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

04 February 1901

07 February 1965

Shunde District, China

Aquarius

Li NaLi Na
(Tennis player)

26 February 1982

Wuhan

Pisces

Chen XiaoChen Xiao
(Actor)

05 July 1987

Hefei

Cancer

Mo YanMo Yan
(Novelist & Short Story Writer)

17 February 1955

Gaomi, Shandong, China

Aquarius

Tinglan HongTinglan Hong
(Models)

1979 AD

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

0569 AD

11 April 0618

Tsung-Dao LeeTsung-Dao Lee
(Physicist)

24 November 1926

Shanghai, China

Sagittarius

Franklin DiazFranklin Chang Díaz
(Former NASA Astronaut)

05 April 1950

San José

Aries

Lin YutangLin Yutang
(Writer)

10 October 1895

26 March 1976

Banzai, Pinghe, Zhangzhou, Fujian

Libra

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

0601 BC

0531 BC

Henan

An WangAn Wang
(Co-founder of Wang Laboratories)

07 February 1920

24 March 1990

Shanghai, China,

Aquarius

James Wong Howe James Wong Howe
(Cinematographer)

28 August 1899

12 July 1976

Taishan, Guangdong, China

Virgo

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

12 November 1866

12 March 1925

Zhongshan

Scorpio

Ming Na WenMing Na Wen
(Actress)

20 November 1963

Coloane, Macau

Scorpio

Nina LuNina Lu
(Actress)

18 September 2003

Los Angeles, California

Virgo

Akong RinpocheAkong Rinpoche
(Founder of the Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland)

25 December 1939

08 October 2013

Kham

Capricorn

Donnie YenDonnie Yen
(Actor, Film producer, Film director, Choreographer, Martial artist, Judoka, Karateka, Taekwondo athlete, Thai boxer)

27 July 1963

Guangzhou

Leo

Hu YitianHu Yitian
(Actor)

26 December 1993

Jianggan District

Capricorn

Sun Yat-senSun Yat-sen
(Politician, Physician, Philosopher)

12 November 1866

12 March 1925

Guangzhou

Scorpio

LaoziLaozi

Henan

Stephen ChowStephen Chow
(Film director, Actor, Film producer, Screenwriter, Comedian)

22 June 1962

Hong Kong

Cancer

Zheng HeZheng He
(Chinese diplomat)

23 September 1371

1433 AD

Yunnan

Virgo

Gong LiGong Li
(Actor)

31 December 1965

Shenyang

Capricorn

Tank ManTank Man

1970 AD

Zhou EnlaiZhou Enlai
(Politician, Diplomat)

05 March 1898

08 January 1976

Huai'an District

Pisces

Leslie CheungLeslie Cheung
(Singer, Composer, Film director, Actor, Songwriter)

12 September 1956

01 April 2003

Kowloon

Virgo

Guan YuGuan Yu

0219 AD

John WooJohn Woo
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film editor)

01 May 1946

Guangzhou

Taurus

Yuan ShikaiYuan Shikai

1859 AD

Henan

Wong Kar-waiWong Kar-wai
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)

17 July 1958

Shanghai

Cancer

Zhuge LiangZhuge Liang

0181 AD

Shandong

Toshiro MifuneToshiro Mifune
(Actor, Film producer, Film actor)

01 April 1920

24 December 1997

Qingdao

Aries

XuanzangXuanzang
(Scholar)

0602 AD

05 February 0664

Henan

Vin ZhangVin Zhang
(Chinese actor)

Wuxi

The teachings of the ancient philosopher Confucius laid the foundation for the rich cultural and political heritage of China. His philosophy emphasized on morality, social relationships, justice and sincerity—qualities that the Chinese uphold to this day. From time immemorial Chinese scientists, mathematicians and doctors have made important inventions and discoveries. The contributions of the Chinese to the areas of astronomy, surgery, science and technology, and philosophy have been immense. The modern Chinese are following in the footsteps of their illustrious forefathers in making their homeland proud and enriching the whole of the world with their good works. Browse this section to read all about the famous Chinese who helped shape the world.