Quiz – How well do you know your Chinese celebrities?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in News | 3 Comments

No. 1

Last week saw the visit of Chinese President, Hu Jintao, to the United States. The visit sparked an online flurry of activity around everything Chinese. As the world wakes up to the looming, unavoidable realisation that China is here and here to stay, more and more people are focusing their attention on the Middle Kingdom and are striving to learn more about it.

One of my stated aims with my photography and this blog is try and assist people in their understanding of China and act as a window into this deeply mysterious and fascinating country. This week, I thought I would be fun to focus on those that I have photographed, in particular a number of Chinese celebrities that I have had the opportunity to meet and take pictures of, since I have been in China. The question is: How well do you know your Chinese celebrities?

No. 2

All you need to do is take a look at the 5 pictures in this post and correctly identify who they are. They all come from quite diverse areas of Chinese culture including politics, education, sport etc but they all have the same thing in common in that they are very very well known here in China. Once you think you know who they are, write a list of their names in the comment section below. The first person to answer all 5 correctly (or closest to 5) will win a signed 9″x6″ print of this image. Easy as that!

To assist you, I advise you to peruse my blog archives, portfolio site and YouTube channel as all of these individuals appear at some point online on my sites. Good luck!

No. 3

N.B.1. I’m afraid this competition is only open to non-Chinese. I am very much an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory, fair play photographer BUT I think this will be too easy for Chinese people! Don’t worry, I will run some future competitions which will be completely open to all.

No. 4

N.B.2 In finding images for this competition I realised that I have photographed very few famous Chinese women, none that are famous on a national level anyway. This is why all the images are of Chinese men. Again, I am an equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory photographer(!)….it’s just the way my assignments have fallen in the past few years. I hope this changes and rectifies the balance soon!

No. 5

N.B.3. Print will be sent via China Post, regular service. Delivery times may vary depending on winner location. Delivery outside of China may take between 1-3 weeks. Winner will be contacted directly to confirm details.


  1. Julio Aracil
    January 24, 2011

    1. (no idea)
    2. Wen Jiabao
    3. Yu Hua
    4. Li Yang
    5. Pan Shiyi

    I’ll try to look for the first one. 🙂

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  3. Sean Gallagher
    February 3, 2011

    Well, it looks like I may have made this quiz a little too hard! This page seemed to get a lot of hits, but not many guesses. This was a real test of knowledge for China watchers and I fear it was a tad too hard this time. However…

    JULIO! Congratulations…You are the winner with the one and only guess! It was a good guess though and you got 4 out of 5.

    Here are the answers:

    1. Ding Jun Hui 丁俊晖 – China’s superstar snooker player. As famous as Yao Ming to sports fans.

    2. Wen Jia Bao 溫家寶 – The Chinese President Hu Jintao’s right hand man. China’s Premier and second in power in the middle kingdom.

    3. Yu Hua 余华 – International bestselling author. Author of ‘Brothers’ and ‘To Live’.

    4. Li Yang 李阳 – Founder of ‘Crazy English’, arguably China’s most famous English school, using ‘crazy’ teaching methods. Regularly conducts classes in front of stadium filled audiences.

    5. Pan Shi Yi 潘石屹 – Chairman of SOHO China, the largest real estate developer in China. Much loved businessman and TV celebrity, raised from humble beginnings to become one of the most wealthy people in China.

    Julio…Please contact me via the email address at the top-right of this page to organise getting the print to you. Congrats again!


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