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

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)

26 December 1893

Yao MingYao Ming
(Basketball Player)

12 September 1980

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

15 June 1953

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

10 September 1964

Qin Shi HuangQin Shi Huang

0259 BC

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

31 October 1887

(Renowned Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher)

28 September 0551

Jackson WangJackson Wang

28 March 1994

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping

22 August 1904

Deng LunDeng Lun

21 October 1992

Zhang ZiyiZhang Ziyi

09 February 1979

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Dylan WangDylan Wang

20 December 1998

Kris WuKris Wu
(Actor, model, singer)

06 November 1990

(Last Emperor of China)

07 February 1906

Fan BingbingFan Bingbing
(Actress, Singer)

16 September 1981

Liu YifeiLiu Yifei
(Actress, Singer, Model)

25 August 1987


28 February 1989

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(Buddhist Monk)

0483 AD

Yang MiYang Mi
(Actress, Singer)

12 September 1986

Zhao LiyingZhao Liying
(Chinese Actress)

16 October 1987

Wu ZetianWu Zetian
(Chinese Empress)

17 February 0625

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

0544 BC

Empress Dowager CixiEmpress Dowager Cixi
(Chinese Empress Dowager)

29 November 1835

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

21 December 1942

Cao CaoCao Cao
(Chinese warlord)

18 March 0155

Ching ShihChing Shih
(19th Century Pirate)

1775 AD

Jiang ZeminJiang Zemin

17 August 1926

Vin ZhangVin Zhang

19 January 1993

Ai WeiweiAi Weiwei

28 August 1957

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Lu HanLu Han

20 April 1990

Xi MingzeXi Mingze
(Daughter of Xi Jinping)

27 June 1992

Ma HuatengMa Huateng
(CEO of Tencent)

29 October 1971

Zhao WeiZhao Wei

12 March 1976

Tiffany TangTiffany Tang

06 December 1983

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

07 October 1980

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Lin DanLin Dan
(Badminton Player)

14 October 1983

Victoria SongVictoria Song

02 February 1987

Lin GengxinLin Gengxin

13 February 1988

Hans ZhangHans Zhang

06 October 1984

Zhao ZiyangZhao Ziyang
(Former Prime Minister of China)

17 October 1919

Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo
(Chinese Human Rights Activist)

28 December 1955

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Tinglan HongTinglan Hong

1979 AD

Joan ChenJoan Chen

26 April 1961

Peng LiyuanPeng Liyuan
(Wife of Xi Jinping)

20 November 1962


09 January 1986

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

04 February 1901

Zhou XunZhou Xun
(Actress, Singer)

18 October 1974

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Hu Yi TianHu Yi Tian

26 December 1993

Hu GeHu Ge

20 September 1982


0372 BC

Wang JianlinWang Jianlin
(Business Magnate)

24 October 1954

Deng ChaoDeng Chao
(Actor, Singer)

02 February 1979

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

30 June 0156

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Liu TaoLiu Tao
(Actress, Singer)

12 July 1978

Ruth GrahamRuth Graham
(Philanthropist, Poet, Author)

10 June 1920

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

04 May 1883

Li NaLi Na
(Tennis player)

26 February 1982

Chen XiaoChen Xiao

05 July 1987

Mo YanMo Yan
(Novelist & Short Story Writer)

17 February 1955

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Yip ManYip Man
(Martial Artist)

01 October 1893

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

0569 AD

Franklin DiazFranklin Chang Díaz
(Former NASA Astronaut)

05 April 1950

Lin YutangLin Yutang

10 October 1895

Tsung-Dao LeeTsung-Dao Lee

24 November 1926

Shen YueShen Yue
(Actress, Model)

27 February 1997

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James Wong Howe James Wong Howe

28 August 1899

Olivia SuiOlivia Sui

14 August 1993

Lao Tzu (Laozi)Lao Tzu (Laozi)

0601 BC

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

12 November 1866

An WangAn Wang
(Co-founder of Wang Laboratories)

07 February 1920

Ming Na WenMing Na Wen

20 November 1963

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Nina LuNina Lu

18 September 2003

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

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

25 December 1939

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.