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  Famous Chinese Historical Figures    
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Ten Chinese historical figures are featured on many Chinese TV series and movies. Some of them are featured in three of the four Chinese classics: "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", "Water Margin" and "Journey to the West".
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  Chinese People    
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China is one of the most populous countries in the world. Find out about some of the most notable people from this country. Good luck!
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  The Early Life of Mao Zedong    
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Mao Zedong (1893-1976) was a man who rose from humble beginnings to become the supreme leader of the People's Republic of China for three decades.
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  Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?    
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Wong Fei-Hung was a legend in China in his day and beyond. He has inspired many not only in healing but in martial arts. I've made this quiz to see how much you actually know. Now it's time to know more about the legend...
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Chinese: Famous & Historical Trivia Questions

1. Where and when was Wong Fei-Hung born?

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Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?

Answer: Fushan district, 1847

Wong was his family name. In China the family name came first. Thus everyone of the Wong family was called Wong "so and so".

2. A 2008 TV series "Bing Sheng" (The Ultimate Master of War) is about the life of military strategist Sun Tze (Sunzi). He appeared in what period of the Chinese history?

From Quiz Famous Chinese Historical Figures

Answer: Spring and Autumn Period

Sun Tze aka Sun Wu (544-496 BCE) was born in the state of Qi (present-day Shandong Province). This period was the Spring and Autumn period about 770 to 481 BC, which was during the first half of the Eastern Zhou period. Sun Tze is well-known for writing the 13-chapter "Art of War" which is still a thesis widely used today. He served the state of Wu under King Helu (reigned 514-496) toward the end of the Spring and Autumn period.

3. The Xinhai Revolution in 1911 greatly influenced Mao's view on government. How did he spend six months from 1911 to 1912 when he was at Changsha, Hunan Province?

From Quiz The Early Life of Mao Zedong

Answer: Soldier

In 1911, Mao began his middle school education in Changsha. Due to the influence of Sun Yat-sen, the revolutionary sentiment was very strong. The people in favour of a Chinese republic formed a rebel army forcing the Changsha's governor to flee the city, leaving the city in republican control. Inspired by the revolution, Mao became a private soldier in the rebel army, but did not see any action during his six-month stint.

4. Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general and tactician, who was very influential in China. Which equally influential book on military strategy is he credited with writing?

From Quiz Chinese People

Answer: The Art of War

"The Art of War" contains 13 chapters about different aspects of warfare. Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC) described war as a "necessary evil that must be avoided whenever possible". The book has been extremely influential with military and political leaders all over the world. The name Sun Tzu literally means "Master Sun".

5. Wong Fei-Hung was known as many things. What three things was he most notably known as?

From Quiz Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?

Answer: a martial artist, an intellect and a healer

Though Wong Fei-Hung has been quoted as being many things, including a hero, he is most known for his martial arts including the creation of new movements, his healing which combined chi and herbal medicine and his intellect. Many martial artists were also Taoist and philosophers.

6. The TV series "The Great Revival" in 2007 is a historical series about Goujian of what state during 5th century BC just after the death of Sun Tze? Goujian had to overcome many trials including serving as a slave to his conqueror in the state of Wu.

From Quiz Famous Chinese Historical Figures

Answer: Yue

Goujian (reigned 496-465 BC) was the king in the Kingdom of Yue (present-day northern Zhejiang), toward the end of the Spring and Autumn period. After he succeeded his father, he defeated the superior Wu armies led by King Helu around 496 BC. King Helu died in the battle and was succeeded by his son Fuchai (reigned 495-473 BC). In 494 BC, Goujian was utterly defeated by Fuchai when he launched an attack on Wu. Instead of taking Goujian's life, Fuchai humiliated Goujian by taking him and his wife to serve him as slaves in Wu. After serving for 3 years, Goujian was allowed to Yue. During the 3 years, Yue was run by Fan Li and Wen Zhong, two of Goujian's most trusted officials. They secretly built up the Yue armies to be ready for revenge when the opportunity arises. In 473 BC, Goujian took advantage of Fuchai's expedition to the north. He successfully led an attack on the Wu capital, killing the Wu crown prince. Fuchai was killed and his state was annexed by Yue.

7. In 1921, Mao became a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in which northern city?

From Quiz The Early Life of Mao Zedong

Answer: Beijing

After his training to be a teacher, he left for Beijing with his mentor, Yang Changji, to work in the University library as an assistant to Li Dazhao. Li wrote articles on the Russian October Revolution, and later added Marxism to the doctrine of the Chinese revolutionary movement. Mao was greatly influenced by Li's doctrine on Marxism. In 1921, Li became a co-founder of the CCP with Chen Duxiu supported by the Russian communist party. Mao became a CPC founding member in the same year and returned to Changsha to set up a branch there.

8. What system was Wong Fei-Hung credited for creating?

From Quiz Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?

Answer: Hung Gar, Tiger Crane

Hung Gar was a martial arts systems from the southern shaolin temple. It was a family system from the Hung family that utilized tiger, crane, snake, dragon and panther moves. It was most known for its stance training where the students were known to have to maintain a horse stand for hours at a time. Fei-Hung's original teacher was Lam Fuk Sing, later his father Kay-Ying took over his training.

9. Though in martial arts, especially Chinese martial arts, you learn the use of many weapons, what is the weapon that Wong Fei-Hung was most known for?

From Quiz Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?

Answer: Staff (Gun)

Wong Fei-Hung was known for defending the weak from criminals. His Shaolin Staff fighting skills were legendary; one time he single-handedly defeated a 30 man gang with nothing more than a staff!

10. Who was the famous strategist and statesman, the chancellor of Shu Han during the 3rd century AD? He was featured in "Romance of The Three Kingdom" 84-episode series in 1994, often depicted wearing a Taoist robe holding a fan made of crane feathers.

From Quiz Famous Chinese Historical Figures

Answer: Zhuge Liang

Zhuge Liang (181-234) aka Kongmíng was a Chinese military engineer, strategist, statesman, and writer. He was the chief military strategist of the state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period. He was widely recognized as the most accomplished in his era, comparable to Sun Tze. He was mainly responsible for his service to his lord Liu Bei (161-223) to secure a stronghold in Sichuan. After Liu Bei death in 223, he continued to serve his son Liu Shan (207-271). After his death in 234, Shu Han was conquered by Wei in 263.

11. In 1929, Mao and Zhu De, who later became the commander of Red Army, decided to move their army to what location? The capital city of this province was the first major confrontation between the CPC and KMT in August 1927.

From Quiz The Early Life of Mao Zedong

Answer: Jiangxi

In the spring of 1929, realizing that Jinggang mountains could not sustain enough food supply, they moved their armies of about 2,000 men to Jiangxi. Mao had to leave his infant daughter Mao Jinhua for adoption by another family. In February 1930, Mao moved to Jiangxi, and established the South-west Jiangxi Provincial Soviet Government. Jiangxi was considered a safe haven by the CCP Central Committee. In November 1929, Jiangxi was proclaimed by the Soviet Republic of China as an independent communist-governed state. Although he was the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars, due to major disagreement of the strategies with key CPC leaders, Mao lost his authority and his control of Red Army to Zhou Enlai. Mao favored a peasant movement, but the key CPC leaders under the influence of the Soviet advisers wanted to focus their efforts in the urban areas.

12. Wong Fei-Hung and his father were known as two of the best fighters in China. What were the best fighters known as?

From Quiz Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?

Answer: 10 Tigers of Canton

The 10 Tigers of Canton were considered the greatest of all the martial artists of their time. This is how Wong got one of his nicknames which ment "Tiger".

13. Emperor Yang was the second emperor of which short-lived dynasty for 27 years? He was largely responsible for the downfall of this dynasty.

From Quiz Famous Chinese Historical Figures

Answer: Sui

The Sui dynasty lasted from 518 to 618 AD. Emperor Yang aka Yang Guang (569-619) succeeded his father Emperor Wen (541-604) aka Yang Jian in 604. During his reign (604-618), he committed several large projects of which the most well known as the Grand Canal. He also ordered several military operations against Champa and Korea. The military campaigns resulted in death of thousands of Sui soldiers from malaria. The disastrous campaigns left the empire bankrupt causing the people to revolt. In 618, he was strangled to death in a coup led by his general Yuwen Huaji.

14. In 1930, which of Mao's relatives was executed by the local warlord in Changsha, Hunan, for refusing to denounce communism?

From Quiz The Early Life of Mao Zedong

Answer: Wife

Mao had an arranged marriage by his father in 1907 when he was only 14-years old. He refused, however, to acknowledge his 17-year old wife named Luo Yixiu, who died in 1910. In 1920, he married his second wife, Yang Kaihui, the daughter of his mentor Yang Changji. Yang had three children with him - Mao Anying, Mao Anqing, and Mao Anjong. In 1927, Yang actively supported her husband's activities organizing many peasant movements in Shaoshan. In the same year, she returned to Bancang alone to organize underground activities against the KMT in Changsha. In October 1930, she and her eldest son, Mao Anying, were captured by the local KMT warlord, He Jian. She refused to denounce communism and was executed on 14 November 1930 at the age of 29 in front of her 8-year old son.

15. The President of the People's Republic of China for ten years, this man worked hard to improve China's relationship with the United States, and recovered the territories of Hong Kong and Macau. Who is he?

From Quiz Chinese People

Answer: Jiang Zemin

Jiang Zemin (born 1926) was the President of China from 1993 to 2003. During his term, he managed to get Hong Kong back from the United Kingdom, as well as Macau from Portugal. He also served as the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party from 1989 to 2002.

16. Wong Fei-Hung's father owned one of the most famous "clinics" in all of China. What was it called?

From Quiz Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?

Answer: Po Chi Lam

Po Chi Lam was the famous "clinic" Po Chi Lam was a place of healing and center for learning. More then what we think of as a modern day clinic. Yi Yuan is hospital, and Yi Wu Shi and Yi Wu Suo are both clinics. Wong and his father not only healed the sick, but also promoted health through their martial arts.

17. Wu Zetian was the only female emperor in Chinese history. She ruled for 15 years during which dynasty? She was featured in the TV series "The Empress of China" portrayed by Fan Bingbing in 2012 to 2013.

From Quiz Famous Chinese Historical Figures

Answer: Tang

Wu Zetian (624-705), known by personal name Wu Zhao, was the de facto ruler of the Tang dynasty from 665 to 705. She was first empress of consort of Emperor Gaozong (Li Zhi) from 665 to 690. The period she ruled was briefly known Wu-Zhou, but it was largely still a part of Tang dynasty as recorded by historian. After the death of her husband, she took over the reign from her son and ruled from 15 years from 690 to 705. In fact, she was an effective rule and as her dynasty grew larger, its culture and economy were revitalized, making Tang dynasty one of the greatest in Chinese history.

18. Lhamo Thondup is a major religious figure. He is the Tibet's political leader since he was aged 15, and an example to follow for many Buddhists all over the World. He is known as the Dalai _____.

From Quiz Chinese People

Answer: Lama

Lhamo Thondup (born 1935) became the 14th Dalai Lama on November 1950. He has devoted his life to humanitarian causes, and was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. He has also worked to remove Tibet from China rule: this has led to conflict between many Tibetans and the Chinese government.

19. Sometimes money was hard to come by for the poor. What would Fei-Hung do if a patient was too poor to pay? What would his Father do?

From Quiz Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?

Answer: Both Fei-Hung and Kay-Ying would treat a patient regardless. They would only charge what they could afford to pay.

Kay-Ying was known for treating a patient regardless of whether they could pay or not. He taught these good morals to his son, Fei-Hung, who continued with the tradition of treating everyone he could. This is one of the many things that made Fei-Hung so famous.

20. Who was this figure, twice serving as chancellor under the reign of Wu Zetian during in the 7th century? In TV series and film, he is often depicted as the amazing detective. He was portrayed by famous Hongkong actor Andy Lau in a 2010 movie.

From Quiz Famous Chinese Historical Figures

Answer: Di Renjie

Di Renjie (630-700) was a statesman during the Tang and Wu Zhou dynasties. He was one of the most important officials of Wu Zetian's reign, twice serving as chancellor. In the Chinese TV series, he was depicted as the amazing detective who could solve the most difficult cases and mysteries using his experience and intelligence.

21. This Chinese monk is a central character in the 16th century novel "Journey to the West" by Wu Cheng'en. This novel is based on which historical monk in the 7th century?

From Quiz Famous Chinese Historical Figures

Answer: Xuanzang

Xuanzang (602-664) born Chen Hui/Chen Yi, was also known by his Sanskrit name Moksadeva, who became a monk by the age of 12. He was also known as Tang Sanzang or Tang Seng. He was the founder of the Idealistic School who traveled to India to collect and study Buddhist scriptures from 629 to 645. Upon his return to China, he translated many Buddhist canons. He played an important role in the history of Buddhism in China.

22. During his time at Yan'an, Mao wrote several texts for his troops. What was the name of the book which dealt with guerrilla and mobile military tactics?

From Quiz The Early Life of Mao Zedong

Answer: Protracted Warfare

"Protracted Warfare", aka "People's War" is a book of Maoist military strategy. The strategy was developed by Mao to win the support of the people and draw the enemy deep into the countryside. Using mobile warfare and guerrilla tactics, the book explained how the people army could stretch and cut the supply lines of their enemies. The strategies were adopted during the war against the Japanese from 1937 to 1945 and the Civil War from 1945 to 1949 against the KMT.

23. Chow Yun-fat, born in Hong Kong, is an actor with a filmography of more than 120 movies. Some of his movies include "Hidden Dragon" and "Crouching Tiger", but in which 2007 Disney movie did he act in?

From Quiz Chinese People

Answer: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Chow Yun-fat (born 1955) appeared in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" as Sao Feng, a Chinese ship captain. He has been nominated for many Hong Kong Film Awards.

24. Wong Fei-Hung was known for a legendary technique that was so fast it was considered unblockable. There are many sugestions of how this technique was used but the name is still known to this day. What is it?

From Quiz Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?

Answer: Shadowless or No-Shadow Kick

The Shadowless Kick! Some say it's a kick combo done in the air where he would kick multiple times before landing. Others say he threw a kick with such speed that it was not seen. Some say it's a rapid fire kick thrown with blinding speed at the same spot. Today it's practiced as a low kick, which is thrown after distracting with the hands, giving the impression it came from nowhere.

25. After the surrender of Japan in August 1945, Mao met his adversary Chiang Kai-shek for the last time at which location to discuss the possibility of a joint-government? The city was the wartime capital during the Sino-Japanese War from 1937 to 1945.

From Quiz The Early Life of Mao Zedong

Answer: Chongqing

During the Chongqing negotiation, the CPC and KMT held meeting from 29th August to 10th October 1945 to strike an agreement to form a joint government. The meeting concluded after 43 days of meeting and both sides signed the Double Tenth Agreement. The Agreement did not progress as planned, as both sides refused to give up the territories they held. This led to the resumption of the Civil War in 1946. In 1949, the Communists captured the last KMT's strong hold in Chongqing and Chengdu, forcing the KMT to flee to Taiwan.

26. At 2.29 meters tall, this professional basketball player played for the Houston Rockets from 2002 to 2011, winning the NBA All-Star award eight times. Which Chinese basketball player is he?

From Quiz Chinese People

Answer: Yao Ming

Yao Ming (born 1980) was the first overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. From 1997 to 2002, he played with the Shanghai Sharks of China, before being signed by the Houston Rockets. He was forced to retire in 2011 because of many ankle and foot injuries.

27. Wong Fei-Hung was married four times how did he meet his last wife?

From Quiz Wong Fei-Hung Who Was He...?

Answer: During a lion dance he accidently hit her in the face with his shoe.

Mok Gwai Lan was Fei-Hung's last wife, and a very accomplished martial artist in the Mok Gar style. It is said that though he pursued her to apologize, she refused. He had to pursue her for a while before he finally won her hand in marriage. Cute I know.

28. This rebellious leader is the main character in the 14th century classical novel "Water Margin" by Shi Nai'an. The novel is about which historical figure during the Song dynasty in the 12th century?

From Quiz Famous Chinese Historical Figures

Answer: Song Jiang

During early 12th century, Song Jiang was the leader of the armed rebellion against the ruling Song Dynasty under the reign of Emperor Huizong (1100-1126) He led the band in the present-day provinces of Shandong and Henan. He was offered amnesty by Emperor Huizong and later served the Imperial Court as an official. In the classical novel "Water Margin", he is the central figure of 108 heroes who come together to form a stronghold in Shandong's Liangshan Marsh. Lu Junyi, Lin Chong and Wu Song are 3 of the 108 heroes.

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