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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
F-Trip 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.

Namkhai Norbu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from China
Journey among the Tibetan nomads, Primordial Experienc, The supreme source Namkhai Norbu is a Dzogchen teacher who was born in Derge, eastern Tibet on 8 December 1938. When he was two years old, Namkhai Norbu was recognized as the 'mindstream emanation', a tulku, of ...more

Kai Lai Chung is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from China
course in probability theory, Chance & Choice, Green Kai Lai Chung was a Chinese American mathematician known for his significant contributions to modern probability theory.

Zhuangzi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from China
Zhuangzi, Bai hua Zhuangzi, Das wahre Buch vom südlichen Blütenland Zhuang Zhou, often known as Zhuangzi was an influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th century BC during the Warring States period, a period corresponding to the summit of Chinese ...more

Li Yu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from China
The Carnal Prayer Mat, Feng zheng wu, Bi mu yu Li Yu, also known as Li Liweng, was a Chinese playwright, novelist and publisher. Born in Rugao, in present day Jiangsu province, he lived in the late-Ming and early-Qing dynasties. Although he ...more

Yuen Ren Chao is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from China
Cantonese primer, Language and symbolic systems, Ambiguity in Chinese Yuen Ren Chao, was a Chinese-American linguist, educator, scholar, poet, and composer, best known for his contributions to the modern study of Chinese phonology and grammar. Chao was born and ...more

Geling Yan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from China
Siao Yu, The Lost Daughter of Happiness, Yi ge nu bing di qiao qiao hua Geling Yan is a famous Chinese writer, author of several novels, short stories and screenplays. Much of her work has been adapted for film. She is currently represented by the Hong Kong based ...more

Gu Long is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from China
Juedai Shuangjiao, Feidao Youjian Feidao, Biancheng Langzi Xiong Yaohua, better known by his pen name Gu Long, was a Chinese novelist, screenwriter, film producer and director. A graduate of Cheng Kung Senior High School and Tamkang University, Xiong is ...more

Chia-Tung Lee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from China
Communications engineering, A Completeness Theorem and a Computer Program for Finding Theorems Derivable from Given Axioms Chia-Tung Lee is a researcher, writer, and university professor.

Mervyn Peake is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from China
Titus Groan, Gormenghast, The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb Mervyn Laurence Peake was an English writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books. The three works were part of what Peake ...more

Feng Jicai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from China
Gao nü ren he ta di ai zhang fu, Voices from the whirlwind, Wo shi Feng Jicai Feng Jicai is an author who focuses most of his works on writing stories which explain historical events that have occurred in his hometown of Tianjin, China. He also writes stories about the ...more

Dai Qing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from China
Wo di ru yu, Tiananmen Follies, Liang Shuming Wang Shiwei Chu Anping Dai Qing, born in August 1941, is a journalist and activist for China-related issues; most significantly against the Three Gorges Dam Project. Dai is also an author who has published many ...more

Bo Yang is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from China
Poems of a period, Golden Triangle, frontier and wilderness Boyang, sometimes also erroneously called Bai Yang, was a Chinese poet, essayist and historian based in Taiwan. He is also regarded as a social critic. His pen name is found in most sources as ...more

Chen Ning Yang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from China
Selected papers (1945-1980), with commentary, Elementary particles Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, also known as Yang Zhenning, is a Chinese-born American physicist who works on statistical mechanics and particle physics. He and Tsung-dao Lee received the 1957 Nobel ...more

Lang Lang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from China
Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story, Dragon Songs Lang Lang is a Chinese concert pianist who has performed with leading orchestras in Europe, the United States and his native China.

Cao Xueqin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from China
Dream of the Red Chamber, Shi tou ji, Sin-e orciġuluġsan Hūng leo meng bicig Cao Xueqin was a Chinese writer during the Qing dynasty. He is best known as the author of Dream of the Red Chamber, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

Wu Cheng'en is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from China
Journey to the West, Baraġunsi jorciġsan temdeglel, Puteshestvie na Zapad Wu Cheng'en, courtesy name Ruzhong, pen name "Sheyang Hermit," was a Chinese novelist and poet of the Ming Dynasty, and is considered to be the author of Journey to the West, one of ...more

Hu Shih is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from China
Wo De Fu Qin Mu Qin, China's own critics, The Chinese renaissance Hu Shih, was a Chinese philosopher, essayist and diplomat. Hu is widely recognized today as a key contributor to Chinese liberalism and language reform in his advocacy for the use of written ...more

Liu Xiaobo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from China
Mysteries of Thought and Dreams of Mankind, 2 volumes, Criticism on Contemporary Chinese Intellectuals Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist who called for political reforms and the end of communist single-party rule. He is currently incarcerated as ...more

Wang Dulu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from China
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon #3, Crouching Tiger Wang Baoxiang, courtesy name Xiaoyu, better known by his pen name Wang Dulu, was a Chinese writer of wuxia novels. Wang is best known for his work, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, that was ...more

Ivy Ho is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from China
Ivy Ho Sai-Hong is a Hong Kong screenwriter and film director. Ho's work has received high critical acclaim in Hong Kong. Perry Lam of Muse magazine wrote, 'As a writer, Ho excels as a ...more

Ken Yeang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from China
Rethinking the Skyscraper, Ecodesign, T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Ken Yeang is a Malaysian architect, ecologist and author known for his signature ecoarchitecture and ecomasterplans. Yeang is an early pioneer of ecology-based green design and masterplanning, ...more

Confucius is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from China
The Doctrine Of The Mean, Analects, Book of Rites Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental ...more

Louis Cha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from China
The Deer and the Cauldron, Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain, Sword Stained with Royal Blood Louis Cha Leung-yung, GBM, OBE, better known by his pen name Jin Yong, is a modern Chinese-language novelist. Having co-founded the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao in 1959, he was the paper's first ...more

Gu Cheng is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from China
Nameless flowers, Selected poems, Sea of dreams Gu Cheng was a famous Chinese modern poet, essayist and novelist. He was a prominent member of the "Misty Poets", a group of Chinese modernist poets.

Wang Xiaobo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from China
The Pleasure of Thought, Silent Majority, Age of Bronze Wang Xiaobo was a renowned contemporary Chinese novelist and essayist from Beijing. He was a Rusticated Youth of China in Yunnan during Cultural Revolution. From 1978 to 1982, he studied at ...more