Famous Chinese Revolutionaries

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 1 Sun Yat-Sen

Sun Yat-Sen
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Famous As: Chinese Revolutionary and 'Father of Modern china'
Birthdate: November 12, 1866
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuiheng, Zhongshan, China
Died: March 12, 1925
Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat Sen, also known as the "Father of the Nation" in China, ousted the Qing Dynasty in 1911. He was the first leader of the Nationalist Party of China and laid down the Three Principles of the People, which included nationalism, democracy, and livelihood.

 2 Chiang Kai-shek

Chiang Kai-shek
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Famous As: President of the Republic of China
Birthdate: October 31, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Xikou
Died: April 5, 1975

Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese revolutionary who led the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975, first in mainland China until 1949 and later on in Taiwan until his death. He is credited with successfully leading the Northern Expedition against the Beiyang government, achieving Chinese unification. He was involved in a civil war with Communist Party of China, which he lost in 1949 and retreated to Taiwan.

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 3 Jiang Qing

Jiang Qing
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhucheng, Weifang, China
Died: May 14, 1991

 4 Hu Yaobang

Hu Yaobang
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Famous As: Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Birthdate: November 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liuyang, Changsha, China
Died: April 15, 1989

Hu Yaobang served as the Chinese Communist Party's general secretary from 1982 to 1987. Prior to his position as the general secretary, Hu served as the party's chairman from 1981 to 1982. Under Deng Xiaoping's leadership, Hu Yaobang rose to prominence and played a crucial role in the Boluan Fanzheng program, which was initiated by Deng.

 5 Hong Xiuquan

Hong Xiuquan
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: January 1, 1814
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hua County, Guangdong, Qing China
Died: June 1, 1864

Hong Xiuquan was a Hakka Chinese revolutionary best remembered for leading the Taiping Rebellion against the much-feared and powerful Qing Dynasty. Credited with establishing the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, Hong Xiuquan later served as an inspiration to the Communists under Mao Zedong. In 1959, China established a small museum to honor his legacy.  

 6 Chen Yun

Chen Yun
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: June 13, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Qingpu District, Shanghai, China
Died: April 10, 1995

Chen Yun was a Chinese political leader who played a major role during the Chinese economic reform. He was regarded as one of the most influential political leaders of China during the '80s and '90s. He also played an important role during the Chinese Civil War and was later counted among the Eight Great Eminent Officials of China.

 7 Zhang Xianzhong

Zhang Xianzhong
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Famous As: Rebel
Birthdate: September 18, 1606
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dingbian, China
Died: January 2, 1647
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 8 Huang Xing

Huang Xing
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: October 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Huangxing, Changsha, China
Died: October 31, 1916

Huang Xing was a Chinese politician and revolutionary leader who served as the first supreme commander of the Republic of China. He is credited with founding the Kuomintang (KMT), one of the most popular political parties in Taiwan. In a 2011 historical drama film titled 1911, Huang Xing was played by actor and martial artist Jackie Chan.

 9 Song Jiaoren

Song Jiaoren
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 5, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Taoyuan, China
Died: March 22, 1913

Song Jiaoren was expelled from school for being involved in revolutionary activities. However, that didn’t stop Jiaoren from establishing the Nationalist Party, which won 269 of the 596 seats in the parliament in China’s first democratic election. He was later assassinated by criminals associated with the Yuan Shikai regime.

 10 Chen Boda

Chen Boda
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hui’an, China
Died: September 20, 1989

 11 Shi Dakai

Shi Dakai
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 1, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guigang, China
Died: June 27, 1863

 12 Li Lisan

Li Lisan
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: November 18, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liling, Zhuzhou, China
Died: June 22, 1967

Born in Hunan and educated in Paris, Li Lisan went back to China to join the Communist Party, becoming one of its top leaders later. He is remembered for his strategy known as the Li Lisan line. He committed suicide when he was attacked during the Cultural Revolution.

 13 Zhang Binglin

Zhang Binglin
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Famous As: Philologists
Birthdate: January 12, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yuhang District, Hangzhou, China
Died: June 14, 1936

 14 Chen Jiongming

Chen Jiongming
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Famous As: Political Figure
Birthdate: January 18, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haifeng County, Shanwei, China
Died: September 22, 1933

Chen Jiongming was a Chinese revolutionary, political figure, and anarchist. Chen is best remembered for making immense contributions to the formation of modern China. A multi-faceted personality, Chen wanted to reorganize China as a democratic republic. In order to realize his dream, he joined forces with Sun Yat-sen and helped him gain power. 

 15 Qu Qiubai

Qu Qiubai
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Changzhou, China
Died: June 18, 1935

Communist Party of China leader Qu Qiubai had initially a Russian language institute only because it charged no fees and promised a job. Superfluous Words, one of his iconic works, was written by him in prison. He was later executed by the Kuomintang. He died singing songs and screaming slogans.

 16 Liang Shuming

Liang Shuming
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 18, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: June 23, 1988

 17 Huang Hua

Huang Hua
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: January 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ci County, Handan, China
Died: November 24, 2010

Chinese revolutionary Huang Hua, who had been China’s foreign minister and also its vice premier, had also served as the translator of Mao Zedong. He was a key force behind the development of relations between China and India during the 1980s. He was also China’s ambassador to the UN.

 18 Wang Li

Wang Li
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: August 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huai'an District, Huai'an, China
Died: October 21, 1996

 19 Ma Yuanyi

Ma Yuanyi
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Famous As: Rebel
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: not known