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

Chiang Kai-shekChiang Kai-shek
31 October 1887
President of the Republic of China

Yao MingYao Ming
12 September 1980
Basketball Player
28 September 0551
Renowned Chinese teacher, politician, and

Liu YifeiLiu Yifei
25 August 1987
Actress, Singer, Model

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping
22 August 1904

07 February 1906
Last Emperor of China
Kris WuKris Wu
06 November 1990
Actor, model, singer

Qin Shi HuangQin Shi Huang
0259 BC
0483 AD
Buddhist Monk

Jackson WangJackson Wang
28 March 1994

Hu JintaoHu Jintao
21 December 1942
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of
Deng LunDeng Lun
21 October 1992

Dilraba DilmuratDilraba Dilmurat
03 June 1992
28 February 1989

Zhang ZiyiZhang Ziyi
09 February 1979

Dylan WangDylan Wang
20 December 1998
Hu YaobangHu Yaobang
20 November 1915
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Jiang ZeminJiang Zemin
17 August 1926
Xi MingzeXi Mingze
27 June 1992
Daughter of Xi Jinping

Joshua WongJoshua Wong
13 October 1996
Political Activist

Sun TzuSun Tzu
0544 BC
Ancient Military General, Strategist & Philosopher

Qianlong EmperorQianlong Emperor
25 September 1711
Emperor of China
Liu BeiLiu Bei
0161 AD
Founder of the Chinese Shu Han Dynasty
Gong LiGong Li
31 December 1965

Fan BingbingFan Bingbing
16 September 1981
Actress, Singer

Yang MiYang Mi
12 September 1986
Actress, Singer

Wu ZetianWu Zetian
17 February 0625
Chinese Empress
Empress Dowager CixiEmpress Dowager Cixi
29 November 1835
Chinese Empress Dowager

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Zhou EnlaiZhou Enlai
05 March 1898
First Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of

Zhao LiyingZhao Liying
16 October 1987
Chinese Actress

Ma HuatengMa Huateng
29 October 1971
CEO of Tencent

Zhuge LiangZhuge Liang
0181 AD
Military Strategist, Inventor
Zheng HeZheng He
23 September 1371

Ai WeiweiAi Weiwei
28 August 1957
Lu HanLu Han
20 April 1990

Cao CaoCao Cao
18 March 0155
Chinese warlord

Zhao ZiyangZhao Ziyang
17 October 1919
Former Prime Minister of China
Ching ShihChing Shih
1775 AD
19th Century Pirate

Vin ZhangVin Zhang
19 January 1993
Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo
28 December 1955
Chinese Human Rights Activist

Kangxi EmperorKangxi Emperor
04 May 1654

Faye WongFaye Wong
08 August 1969
Actress, Singer

Tiffany TangTiffany Tang
06 December 1983

Zhao WeiZhao Wei
12 March 1976
Lee Hoi-chuenLee Hoi-chuen
04 February 1901
Opera Singer, Actor

Yuan ShikaiYuan Shikai
16 September 1859
Former President of the Republic of China

Emperor Taizong of TangEmperor Taizong of Tang
28 January 0598

Lin DanLin Dan
14 October 1983
Badminton Player
Ren ZhengfeiRen Zhengfei
25 October 1944
CEO of Huawei

Victoria SongVictoria Song
02 February 1987
Tinglan HongTinglan Hong
1979 AD

Hans ZhangHans Zhang
06 October 1984

Joan ChenJoan Chen
26 April 1961
Peng LiyuanPeng Liyuan
20 November 1962
Wife of Xi Jinping

Edison Chen Edison Chen
07 October 1980
Actor, Singer, Record Producer
Hua ChenyuHua Chenyu
07 February 1990
Mandopop Singer

Hongwu EmperorHongwu Emperor
21 October 1328
Emperor of China

09 January 1986
Lin GengxinLin Gengxin
13 February 1988

Hu Yi TianHu Yi Tian
26 December 1993
Hawick LauHawick Lau
13 October 1974
Singer, Actor

Zhou XunZhou Xun
18 October 1974
Actress, Singer

Vincent TanVincent Tan
23 March 1952

Wang JianlinWang Jianlin
24 October 1954
Business Magnate
0372 BC
Yongle EmperorYongle Emperor
02 May 1360

Hu GeHu Ge
20 September 1982

Wang Jingwei (Wang Ching-wei)Wang Jingwei
04 May 1883
Politician, Diplomat

Emperor Wu of HanEmperor Wu of Han
30 June 0156
Emperor of China
Ruth GrahamRuth Graham
10 June 1920
Philanthropist, Poet, Author

Deng ChaoDeng Chao
02 February 1979
Actor, Singer

Gladys AylwardGladys Aylward
24 February 1902

Chen XiaoChen Xiao
05 July 1987

Yip ManYip Man
01 October 1893
Martial Artist
Li NaLi Na
26 February 1982
Tennis player

Liu TaoLiu Tao
12 July 1978
Actress, Singer
Mo YanMo Yan
17 February 1955
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Franklin DiazFranklin Chang Díaz
05 April 1950
Former NASA Astronaut

Emperor Yang of SuiEmperor Yang of Sui
0569 AD
Emperor of China’s Sui dynasty
James Wong Howe James Wong Howe
28 August 1899

Tsung-Dao LeeTsung-Dao Lee
24 November 1926
Lin YutangLin Yutang
10 October 1895

Yang JiangYang Jiang
17 July 1911

Shen YueShen Yue
27 February 1997
Actress, Model

An WangAn Wang
07 February 1920
Co-founder of Wang Laboratories
Olivia SuiOlivia Sui
14 August 1993

Chen Ning YangChen Ning Yang
01 October 1922
Ming Na WenMing Na Wen
20 November 1963

Sun Yat Sen Sun Yat Sen
12 November 1866
Chinese Revolutionary and 'Father of Modern china'
Robert Charles ChienRobert Charles Chien
Entrepreneur, Lea Salonga’s Husband

Lao Tzu (Laozi)Lao Tzu (Laozi)
0601 BC
Akong RinpocheAkong Rinpoche
25 December 1939
Founder of the Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland

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.