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List of the most popular authors from China, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Chinese authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Chinese writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Authors here include everything from Chen-Ning Yang to Lu Xun.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from China?" and "Who are the best Chinese authors?"

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Laozi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from China
Diederichs Gelbe Reihe, Bd.19, Tao Te King
Laozi was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. He is best known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, but he is also revered as a deity in ...more

Ni Kuang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from China
Gu huo, Li ren jie, Gui jie
Ni Cong, courtesy name Yiming, better known by his pen name Ni Kuang, is a Hong Kong novelist and screenwriter. He has written over 300 Chinese-language wuxia and science fiction novels, and ...more

Albert Leung is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from China
'Once–Lin Xi's 1990s from beginning to end'
Lin Xi is a lyricist.

Ai Qing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from China
Selected Poems of Ai Qing, Black eel
Aì Qīng, is regarded as one of the finest modern Chinese poets. He was known under his pen names Línbì, Kè'ā and Éjiā.

Lu Xun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from China
The True Story of Ah Q, Lu Xun xuan ji, Call To Arms
Lǔ Xùn or Lu Hsün, was the pen name of Zhou Shuren, a leading figure of modern Chinese literature. Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese, Lu Xun was a novelist, ...more

Lin Yutang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from China
The vigil of a nation, A Leaf in the Storm, A history of the press and public opinion in China
Lin Yutang was a Chinese writer, translator, linguist and inventor. His informal but polished style in both Chinese and English made him one of the most influential writers of his generation, ...more

John Woo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from China
John Woo: Interviews
John Woo SBS is a Hong Kong film director, writer, and producer. He is considered a major influence on the action genre, known for his highly chaotic action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and ...more

Katherine Paterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from China
Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Of Nightingales That Weep
Katherine Paterson is an American author best known for children's novels. For four different books published 1975-1980, she won two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. She is one of ...more

Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from China
Reverberations, Mo Takuto goroku, The political thought of Mao Tse-tung
Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which ...more

Ba Jin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from China
Sha ding, Xu ba ji, Ba Jin de nei xin shi jie
Li Yaotang, courtesy name Feigan, is considered to be one of the most important and widely read Chinese writers of the 20th century. He wrote under the pen name of Ba Jin, also known as Li ...more

Mo Yan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from China
Red Sorghum, Big Breasts and Wide Hips, The Republic of Wine
Guan Moye, better known by the pen name Mo Yan, is a Chinese novelist and short story writer. Donald Morrison of U.S. news magazine TIME referred to him as "one of the most famous, ...more

Mike Medavoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from China
You're Only as Good as Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films, and 100 for Which I Should Be Shot
Morris Mike Medavoy is an American film producer and executive, co-founder of Orion Pictures, former chairman of TriStar Pictures, former head of production for United Artists and current ...more

Mao Dun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from China
Bōjun, Zi ye, Chʻun tsʻan
Mao Dun was the pen name of Shen Dehong, a 20th-century Chinese novelist, cultural critic, and journalist. He was also the Minister of Culture of China from 1949 to 1965. He is renowned as one ...more

Eileen Chang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from China
The Rice Sprout Song, Naked earth, Written on Water
Eileen Chang, also known as Zhang Ailing or Chang Ai-ling, was one of the most influential modern Chinese writers. Chang is noted for her fiction writings that deal with the tensions between men ...more

Fiona Sit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from China
Fiona Sit is a Chinese Cantopop singer and actress from Hong Kong.

Chen Kaige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from China
King of the children
Chen Kaige is a Chinese film director and a leading figure of the fifth generation of Chinese cinema. His films are known for their visual flair and epic storytelling. Chen won the Palme d'Or at ...more

Han Suyin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from China
The Mountain Is Young, A Many-Splendoured Thing, Destination Chungking
Han Suyin was the pen name of Elizabeth Comber, born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chou. She was a China-born Eurasian, a physician, and author of books in English and French on modern China, novels ...more

Niki Chow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from China
Cherish, Detailed Little Things, The Child Woman
Niki Chow is a Hong Kong actress and Cantopop singer. She terminated her contract with management company BMA and label BMA Records in January 2011 and currently has an artist contract with TVB ...more

Wayne Wang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from China
Wayne Wang is a Hong Kong-born American film director.

Su Tong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from China
Wives and Concubines, Shih i chi, Shang xin de wu dao
Su Tong is the pen name of Chinese writer Tong Zhonggui. He was born in Suzhou and lives in Nanjing. He entered the Department of Chinese at Beijing Normal University in 1980, and started to ...more

Pang Ho-Cheung is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from China
Edmond Pang Ho-Cheung is a Hong Kong novelist, playwright, actor and filmmaker.

Bright Sheng is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from China
The Stream Flows, Three Chinese Love Songs, H'un (Lacerations): In Memoriam 1966-1976
Bright Sheng is a Chinese-American composer, conductor, and pianist. He has lived in the United States since 1982 and is on faculty at the University of Michigan. In 1999, the White House ...more

Shiing-Shen Chern is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from China
Riemann-Finsler geometry, Chen Xingshen wen xuan, Minimal submanifolds in a Riemannian manifold
Shiing-Shen Chern was a Chinese-born American mathematician. He was regarded as one of the leaders in differential geometry of the twentieth century.

Sima Qian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from China
Records of the Grand Historian, guang zhu yu shi Shi ji jing hua, Tu jie Shi ji
Sima Qian, formerly romanized Ssu-ma Chien, was a Chinese historian of the Han dynasty. He is considered the father of Chinese historiography for his work, the Records of the Grand Historian, a ...more

Gao Xiaosong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from China
Face on the Wall
Xiaosong Gao is a film director, film score composer and screenwriter.