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
27 November 1940
Actor, Martial Artist
Xi JinpingXi Jinping
15 June 1953
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
26 December 1893
Communist Leader of China

Jack MaJack Ma
10 September 1964
Founder & Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group

Yao MingYao Ming
12 September 1980
Basketball Player

0483 AD
Buddhist Monk
Chiang Kai-shekChiang Kai-shek
31 October 1887
President of the Republic of China

Liu YifeiLiu Yifei
25 August 1987
Actress, Singer, Model

28 September 0551
Renowned Chinese teacher, politician, and
Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping
22 August 1904

Dilraba DilmuratDilraba Dilmurat
03 June 1992
Qin Shi HuangQin Shi Huang
0259 BC

Hu JintaoHu Jintao
21 December 1942
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

07 February 1906
Last Emperor of China

Jackson WangJackson Wang
28 March 1994

Zhang ZiyiZhang Ziyi
09 February 1979
Xi MingzeXi Mingze
27 June 1992
Daughter of Xi Jinping

Kris WuKris Wu
06 November 1990
Actor, model, singer

Jiang ZeminJiang Zemin
17 August 1926

Sun TzuSun Tzu
0544 BC
Ancient Military General, Strategist & Philosopher
Fan BingbingFan Bingbing
16 September 1981
Actress, Singer

Wu ZetianWu Zetian
17 February 0625
Chinese Empress
Yang MiYang Mi
12 September 1986
Actress, Singer

28 February 1989

Qianlong EmperorQianlong Emperor
25 September 1711
Emperor of China
Ching ShihChing Shih
1775 AD
19th Century Pirate

Dylan WangDylan Wang
20 December 1998
Gong LiGong Li
31 December 1965

Hu YaobangHu Yaobang
20 November 1915
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Lu HanLu Han
20 April 1990
Peng LiyuanPeng Liyuan
20 November 1962
Wife of Xi Jinping

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Zhou EnlaiZhou Enlai
05 March 1898
First Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of
Empress Dowager CixiEmpress Dowager Cixi
29 November 1835
Chinese Empress Dowager

Victoria SongVictoria Song
02 February 1987

Deng LunDeng Lun
21 October 1992

Zheng HeZheng He
23 September 1371
Cao CaoCao Cao
18 March 0155
Chinese warlord
Zhao LiyingZhao Liying
16 October 1987
Chinese Actress

Joan ChenJoan Chen
26 April 1961

Ma HuatengMa Huateng
29 October 1971
CEO of Tencent

Ai WeiweiAi Weiwei
28 August 1957
Hans ZhangHans Zhang
06 October 1984

Zhao ZiyangZhao Ziyang
17 October 1919
Former Prime Minister of China

Tiffany TangTiffany Tang
06 December 1983

Kangxi EmperorKangxi Emperor
04 May 1654

Liu BeiLiu Bei
0161 AD
Founder of the Chinese Shu Han Dynasty
Yuan ShikaiYuan Shikai
16 September 1859
Former President of the Republic of China

Zhuge LiangZhuge Liang
0181 AD
Military Strategist, Inventor
Zhao WeiZhao Wei
12 March 1976

Yongle EmperorYongle Emperor
02 May 1360

Faye WongFaye Wong
08 August 1969
Actress, Singer
Vincent TanVincent Tan
23 March 1952

Hongwu EmperorHongwu Emperor
21 October 1328
Emperor of China
Vin ZhangVin Zhang
19 January 1993

Hua ChenyuHua Chenyu
07 February 1990
Mandopop Singer

Lee Hoi-chuenLee Hoi-chuen
04 February 1901
Opera Singer, Actor

Edison Chen Edison Chen
07 October 1980
Actor, Singer, Record Producer

Liu ShaoqiLiu Shaoqi
24 November 1898
Emperor Taizong of TangEmperor Taizong of Tang
28 January 0598

09 January 1986

Zhou XunZhou Xun
18 October 1974
Actress, Singer

Lin DanLin Dan
14 October 1983
Badminton Player
Li BaiLi Bai
19 May 0701

Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo
28 December 1955
Chinese Human Rights Activist
Ren ZhengfeiRen Zhengfei
25 October 1944
CEO of Huawei

Hawick LauHawick Lau
13 October 1974
Singer, Actor

Lin GengxinLin Gengxin
13 February 1988
Hong XiuquanHong Xiuquan
01 January 1814

Joshua WongJoshua Wong
13 October 1996
Political Activist
Wang Jingwei (Wang Ching-wei)Wang Jingwei
04 May 1883
Politician, Diplomat

Li NaLi Na
26 February 1982
Tennis player

Wang JianlinWang Jianlin
24 October 1954
Business Magnate
Emperor Wu of HanEmperor Wu of Han
30 June 0156
Emperor of China

Hu GeHu Ge
20 September 1982
Ruth GrahamRuth Graham
10 June 1920
Philanthropist, Poet, Author

Gladys AylwardGladys Aylward
24 February 1902

0372 BC

Deng ChaoDeng Chao
02 February 1979
Actor, Singer
Liu TaoLiu Tao
12 July 1978
Actress, Singer
Yip ManYip Man
01 October 1893
Martial Artist

Robert Charles ChienRobert Charles Chien
Entrepreneur, Lea Salonga’s Husband

Chen XiaoChen Xiao
05 July 1987

Mo YanMo Yan
17 February 1955
Novelist & Short Story Writer
James Wong Howe James Wong Howe
28 August 1899

Tsung-Dao LeeTsung-Dao Lee
24 November 1926

Emperor Yang of SuiEmperor Yang of Sui
0569 AD
Emperor of China’s Sui dynasty

Etta Ng Chok LamEtta Ng Chok Lam
19 November 1999
Jackie Chan's Daughter

Yang JiangYang Jiang
17 July 1911
Lin YutangLin Yutang
10 October 1895

Hu Yi TianHu Yi Tian
26 December 1993
Tinglan HongTinglan Hong
1979 AD

Olivia SuiOlivia Sui
14 August 1993
Franklin DiazFranklin Chang Díaz
05 April 1950
Former NASA Astronaut
An WangAn Wang
07 February 1920
Co-founder of Wang Laboratories

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.