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List of famous writers from China, listed alphabetically with photos when available. China is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Chinese writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of China and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different writers, including Qin Wenjun and Tang Xianzu.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Chinese writers?" and "Which writers are from China?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of China in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in China, but they're all of China descent.

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Mervyn Peake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from China
Died at 57 (1911-1968) 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

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Wu Cheng'en is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from China
Died at 76 (1506-1582) 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

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 64 Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised ...more

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Katherine Paterson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 86 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

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Sammo Hung is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 66 Sammo Hung, also known as Hung Kam-bo, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film producer and director, known for his work in many martial arts films and Hong Kong action cinema. He has been a ...more

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Louis Cha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 94 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

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Gao Xingjian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 78 Gao Xingjian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and ...more

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Wong Jing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 63 Ging Wong is a film producer.

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Luo Guanzhong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from China
Died at 70 (1330-1400) Luo Ben, better known by his courtesy name Guanzhong, was a Chinese writer who lived during the Yuan and Ming periods. He was also known by his pseudonym Huhai Sanren. Luo was attributed with ...more

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Eric Tsang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 65 Tsang Chi-wai MH, also known as Eric Tsang is a Hong Kong actor, film director, producer, and television host best known for hosting the variety show Super Trio series on the Hong Kong ...more

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Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 55 Li Lianjie, better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalised Singaporean ...more

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Tsui Hark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 68 Tsui Hark, born Tsui Man-kong, is a Vietnamese-born New Wave film director, producer and screenwriter. Tsui has produced & also directed several influential Hong Kong films such as A Better ...more

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Ni Kuang is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 83 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

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Stephen Chow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 56 Stephen Chow is a Hong Kong actor, screenwriter, film director, producer and political adviser of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

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Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 55 Donnie Yen, also known as Yen Ji-dan, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director and producer, action choreographer, and world wushu tournament medalist. Yen is credited by many for ...more

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Ashanti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 38 Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song ...more

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from China
Died at 33 (1940-1973) Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese ...more

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Tony Leung Ka-fai is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 60 Tony Leung Ka-fai is a four-time Hong Kong Film Award-winning film actor. As he is often confused with actor Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Tony Leung Ka-fai is known as "Big Tony", while Tony ...more

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John Woo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 72 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

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Ann Hui is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 71 Ann Hui On-Wah, MBE is a Hong Kong actress, film director, film producer and occasional screenwriter, one of the most critically acclaimed amongst the Hong Kong New Wave. She is best known for ...more

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Lam Suet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 54 Lam Suet is a Hong Kong actor.

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Derek Yee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 61 Derek Yee Tung-sing, born in 1957, is a former Shaw Brothers actor from Hong Kong, currently a film director and screenwriter, who has achieved fame and respect in Hong Kong and international ...more

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Zhang Yimou is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 67 Zhang Yimou is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. He is counted amongst the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, having made his directorial ...more

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Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 57 Joan Chen is a Chinese-American actress, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. She became famous in China for her performance in the 1979 film Little Flower and came to international ...more

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Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from China
Died at 83 (1893-1976) 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

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Wong Kar-wai is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 60 Wong Kar-wai, BBS is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Days of Being Wild, ...more

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Chang Cheh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from China
Died at 79 (1923-2002) Chang Cheh was a film director and screenwriter.

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Lin Yutang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from China
Died at 81 (1895-1976) 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

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Danny Lee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 66 Danny Lee is a Hong Kong actor, film producer, screenwriter, director, action director and presenter. He is known for frequently portraying Hong Kong police officers in films such as Law With ...more

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Mike Medavoy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 77 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

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Ekin Cheng is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 51 Ekin Cheng is a Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer. Early in his career, he used the name Dior as a first name. He has also been referred to as Noodle Cheng, after a popular noodle product with ...more

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Leon Lai is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 52 Leon Lai Ming, BBS, MH is Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer. He is dubbed one of the "Cantopop Four Heavenly Kings" of Hong Kong. He uses the stage name "Li Ming" or ...more

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Lu Xun is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from China
Died at 55 (1881-1936) 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

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Kenneth Tsang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 80 Kenneth Tsang Kong is a Hong Kong actor. Tsang's career has spanned 50 years and included a variety of acting roles.

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Jeffrey Lau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 66 Jeffrey Lau Chun-Wai is a Hong Kong film director, screenwriter, actor and producer. He was born on August 2, 1952. Liu Zhenwei is famous for writing and directing "mo lei tau" ...more

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Alfred Cheung is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 63 Alfred Cheung's hometown is Kaiping City, Guangdong province. He was born in Hong Kong in 1956 and also grew up there. His mother, with one suitcase and two children, left their hometown in ...more

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Yuen Woo-ping is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 73 Yuen Woo-ping is a Chinese martial arts choreographer and film director, renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong action cinema. He is one of the ...more

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Gordon Chan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 59 Gordon Chan Kar-Seung, born in 1960, is a Hong Kong film director, writer and producer. His most notable works include Beast Cops, Fist of Legend, Painted Skin, 2000 AD and Legend of the Fist: ...more

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Jimmy Wang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 75 Wang Zhengquan, better known as Jimmy Wang Yu and Wong Yu-lung, is a Shanghai-born Taiwanese actor, film director, producer and screenwriter. Wang rose to fame in 1967 with his starring role in ...more

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Kent Cheng is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 67 Kent Cheng Jak-si is a Hong Kong film and television actor. He has won twice the best actor award in the Hong Kong Film Awards.

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Tsai Ming-liang is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 61 Tsai Ming-liang is a Malaysian Chinese and one of the most celebrated "Second New Wave" film directors of Taiwanese Cinema, along with earlier contemporaries such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien ...more

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Jia Zhangke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 48 Jia Zhangke is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. He is generally regarded as a leading figure of the "Sixth Generation" movement of Chinese cinema, a group that also includes ...more

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Wai Ka-Fai is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 63 Wai Ka-Fai is a Hong Kong screenwriter, producer, film director, and former TV director and producer. Wai is best known for his frequent collaborations with Johnnie To, another former TV turned ...more

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Herman Yau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 57 Herman Yau Lai-To, born 1961 in Hong Kong is a film director, scriptwriter.

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Jiang Wen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 55 Jiang Wen is a Chinese film actor, screenwriter and director. As a director, he is sometimes grouped with the "Sixth Generation" that emerged in the 1990s. Jiang is also well known ...more

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Chen Kaige is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 66 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

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Ringo Lam is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 63 Ringo Lam Ling-Tung, is a Hong Kong film director, producer and scriptwriter. Born in Hong Kong in 1955, Lam initially went to an acting school. After finding he preferred making films to ...more

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Fruit Chan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 59 Fruit Chan Gor is an independent Hong Kong Second Wave screenwriter, filmmaker and producer, who is best known for his style of film reflecting the everyday life of Hong Kong people. He is well ...more

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Lau Kar-leung is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from China
Died at 79 (1934-2013) Lau Kar-leung, also known as Liu Chia-liang, was a Hong Kong-based Chinese actor, filmmaker, choreographer and martial artist. Lau is best known for the films he made in the 1970s and 1980s for ...more

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Fiona Sit is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from China
age 37 Fiona Sit is a Chinese Cantopop singer and actress from Hong Kong.