Famous Chinese Sportspersons

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 1 Bruce Lee

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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 20, 1973

An iconic actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee, in his short life, gained international fame and developed his own form of martial arts, Jeet Kune Do. In films, he debuted as a child actor and became a huge Hollywood star after the release of his last film Enter the Dragon.

 2 Yao Ming

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Widely regarded as one of the greatest Chinese basketball players ever, Yao Ming represented the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Known as the Ming Dynasty in the US, Ming's popularity and success in the NBA made him a symbol of China. One of China's most popular sportsmen, Ming is also credited with introducing the Chinese Basketball Association to the world.

 3 Donnie Yen

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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film director, Choreographer, Martial artist, Judoka, Karateka, Taekwondo athlete, Thai boxer
Birthdate: July 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guangzhou

 4 Yip Man

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Famous As: Martial Artist
Birthdate: October 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Foshan
Died: December 2, 1972

Yip Man was a Chinese martial artist best remembered for teaching martial arts to the famous Chinese American martial artist, Bruce Lee. Yip Man is credited with teaching not only Bruce Lee but also many other students who went on to become martial arts masters. A biographical martial arts film titled Ip Man was inspired by his life and career.

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 5 Lin Dan

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Famous As: Badminton Player
Birthdate: October 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Longyan

With 666 career wins, including two Olympic and two World Cup golds, Lin Dan is one of the veterans of Chinese badminton. He is the only player to achieve a Super Slam, winning all nine major badminton titles. Known for his fitness and attacking style, Dan retired at 37.

 6 Jet Li

Jet Li.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Jet Li is one of the most popular Asian actors to have made it big in the American film industry. A martial artist and former Wushu champion, he won a national championship before retiring from competitive Wushu to focus on his acting career. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jet Li is closely associated with the Red Cross Society of China.

 7 Li Ching-Yuen

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Famous As: Herbalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Chongqing, China
Died: May 6, 1933
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 8 Sun Yang

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hangzhou
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 9 Chen Long

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: January 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shashi District, Jingzhou, China

 10 Ip Ching

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Famous As: martial artist
Birthdate: 1936 AD
Birthplace: Foshan
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 11 Gordon Liu

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Birthdate: August 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Foshan, China

 12 Wu Jing

Wu Jing
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Famous As: actor, film director
Birthdate: April 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beijing
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 13 Hou Yifan

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: February 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Xinghua, China

 14 Li Xuerui

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: January 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chongqing, China

 15 Xie Xingfang

Xie Xingfang
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: January 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

 16 Fu Haifeng

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: August 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jieyang, Guangdong, China

 17 He Kexin

He Kexin
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: January 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beijing, China

 18 Zhang Nan (badminton)

Zhang Nan (badminton)
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: March 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beijing, China

 19 Zhao Yunlei

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: August 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yichang, China

 20 Cai Yun

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: January 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

 21 Li Na

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhan

Li Na is a Chinese former tennis player. A former world No. 2, Li Na won two Grand Slam singles titles over the course of her career. She achieved international recognition in 2011 after becoming the first Asian Grand Slam singles champion. In 2019, she became the first Asian-born player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

 22 Ding Liren

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: October 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wenzhou, China

 23 Gao Ling

Gao Ling
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: March 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhan, Hubei, China

 24 Wong Fei-hung

Wong Fei-hung
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Famous As: Physician, Acupuncturist
Birthdate: July 9, 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Foshan
Died: March 25, 1924

 25 Liu Xiang

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Famous As: hurdler, athletics competitor
Birthdate: July 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai

 26 Li Lingwei

Li Lingwei
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: January 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lishui, Zhejiang, China

 27 Ge Fei

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: October 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nantong, Jiangsu, China

 28 Han Aiping

Han Aiping
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: April 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wuhan, China
Died: October 16, 2019

 29 Wang Zhizhi

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Famous As: basketball player
Birthdate: July 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beijing

 30 Shi Yuqi

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nantong, Jiangsu, China

 31 Ma Lin

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Famous As: table tennis player
Birthdate: February 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shenyang

 32 Wang Shixian

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Suzhou, China

 33 Wang Ruiji

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Famous As: Fencer
Birthdate: February 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: China

 34 Lang Ping

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Famous As: Volleyball player
Birthdate: December 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tianjin, China

 35 Steven Ho

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Famous As: actor, film director, television actor, karateka
Birthdate: March 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bandung

 36 Ju Wenjun

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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: January 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 37 Li Ning

Li Ning
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liuzhou, China

 38 Hou Yi

Hou Yi
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Famous As: Archer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: China

 39 Sun Yue

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Famous As: basketball player
Birthdate: November 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cangzhou

 40 Ma Long

Ma Long
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Famous As: table tennis player
Birthdate: October 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Anshan

 41 Guo Jingjing

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Famous As: Diver
Birthdate: October 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baoding, China

 42 Huang Yaqiong

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhejiang, China

 43 Wang Hao

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Famous As: table tennis player
Birthdate: December 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Changchun

 44 Wu Minxia

Wu Minxia
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Famous As: Olympic Athlete
Birthdate: November 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 45 Zheng Jie

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Famous As: Chinese tennis player
Birthdate: July 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chengdu

 46 Wang Junxia

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Famous As: Long-Distance Runner
Birthdate: January 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jiaohe, Jilin, Jilin City, China

 47 Zheng Siwei

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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China

 48 Liao Hui

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Famous As: weightlifter
Birthdate: October 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Xiantao

 49 Xia Xuanze

Xia Xuanze
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: January 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rui'an, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China

 50 Zhang Ning

Zhang Ning
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: May 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jinzhou, Liaoning, China