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

Mao ZedongMao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)

26 December 1893

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

Yao MingYao Ming
(Basketball Player)

12 September 1980

ConfuciusConfucius
(Renowned Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher)

28 September 0551

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

31 October 1887

Kris WuKris Wu
(Actor, model, singer)

06 November 1990

Fan BingbingFan Bingbing
(Actress, Singer)

16 September 1981

Qin Shi HuangQin Shi Huang
(King)

0259 BC

Zhang ZiyiZhang Ziyi
(Actress)

09 February 1979

Yang MiYang Mi
(Actor, Singer)

12 September 1986

Jackson WangJackson Wang
(Rapper)

28 March 1994

PuyiPuyi
(Last Emperor of China)

07 February 1906

Liu YifeiLiu Yifei
(Actress, Singer, Model)

25 August 1987

BodhidharmaBodhidharma
(Buddhist Monk)

0483 AD

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping

22 August 1904

Deng LunDeng Lun
(Actor)

21 October 1992

AngelababyAngelababy
(Model)

28 February 1989

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

0544 BC

Wu ZetianWu Zetian
(Chinese Empress)

17 February 0625

Empress Dowager CixiEmpress Dowager Cixi
(Chinese Empress Dowager)

29 November 1835

Lu HanLu Han
(Singer)

20 April 1990

Zhao LiyingZhao Liying
(Chinese Actress)

16 October 1987

Cao CaoCao Cao
(Chinese warlord)

18 March 0155

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

21 December 1942

Jiang ZeminJiang Zemin
(Politician)

17 August 1926

Victoria SongVictoria Song
(Singer)

02 February 1987

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

07 October 1980

Ching ShihChing Shih
(19th Century Pirate)

1775 AD

Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo
(Chinese Human Rights Activist)

28 December 1955

Zhao WeiZhao Wei
(Actress)

12 March 1976

Xi MingzeXi Mingze
(Daughter of Xi Jinping)

27 June 1992

Lin DanLin Dan
(Badminton Player)

14 October 1983

Tiffany TangTiffany Tang
(Actress)

06 December 1983

Wang JianlinWang Jianlin
(Business Magnate)

24 October 1954

WengieWengie
(YouTuber)

09 January 1986

Hu Yi TianHu Yi Tian
(Actor)

26 December 1993

Vin ZhangVin Zhang
(Actor)

19 January 1993

Hans ZhangHans Zhang
(Actor)

06 October 1984

Li NaLi Na
(Tennis player)

26 February 1982

Lin GengxinLin Gengxin
(Actor)

13 February 1988

Zhou XunZhou Xun
(Actor, Singer)

18 October 1974

Zhao ZiyangZhao Ziyang
(Former Prime Minister of China)

17 October 1919

Peng LiyuanPeng Liyuan
(Wife of Xi Jinping)

20 November 1962

Hu GeHu Ge
(Actor)

20 September 1982

Deng ChaoDeng Chao
(Actor, Singer)

02 February 1979

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

04 February 1901

Liu TaoLiu Tao
(Actress, Singer)

12 July 1978

MenciusMencius
(Philosopher)

0372 BC

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

30 June 0156

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

04 May 1883

Tinglan HongTinglan Hong
(Models)

1979 AD

James Wong Howe James Wong Howe
(Cinematographer)

28 August 1899

Chen XiaoChen Xiao
(Actor)

05 July 1987

Ruth GrahamRuth Graham
(Philanthropist, Poet, Author)

10 June 1920

Mo YanMo Yan
(Novelist & Short Story Writer)

17 February 1955

Yip ManYip Man
(Martial Artist)

01 October 1893

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

0569 AD

Tsung-Dao LeeTsung-Dao Lee
(Physicist)

24 November 1926

Lin YutangLin Yutang
(Writer)

10 October 1895

Franklin DiazFranklin Chang Díaz
(Former NASA Astronaut)

05 April 1950

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

12 November 1866

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

0601 BC

An WangAn Wang
(Co-founder of Wang Laboratories)

07 February 1920

Ming Na WenMing Na Wen
(Actress)

20 November 1963

Nina LuNina Lu
(Actress)

18 September 2003

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

25 December 1939

Olivia SuiOlivia Sui
(YouTuber)

14 August 1993

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

27 July 1963

Qianlong EmperorQianlong Emperor
(Emperor of China)

25 September 1711

Hu YitianHu Yitian
(Actor)

26 December 1993

Tank ManTank Man
Sun Yat-senSun Yat-sen
(Politician, Physician, Philosopher)

12 November 1866

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

22 June 1962

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.