Celebrities in Yunnan

Celebrities in Yunnan will tell  you the main famous people in Yunnan in all ages, including military celebrities, cultural celebrities, which will help you better know Yunnan.

Ancient Celebrities in Yunnan


Piluoge (皮羅閣; 697-748) was the founder of the Nanzhao kingdom in what is now Yunnan, China.[1] He reigned from 728 or 738 through 748.

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Duan Siping(段思平)

Duan Siping was a statesman who founded and became the First Emperor of the Kingdom of Dali in 937. The Kingdom retained independence from unified China until the Mongol invasion in 1253 led by Kublai Khan.

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Zheng He(郑和)

Zheng He (1371-1433), formerly surnamed Ma, was born into a Hui family in Jinning county, Yunnan.

As a Muslim, Zheng began to learn Muslim doctrines and canons when he was a little boy. Both his father and grandfather had gone on pilgrimages to Mecca, the holy city for Muslims, which gave them sufficient knowledge about foreign countries. Zheng made seven expeditions by sea from 1405 to 1433, and reached 37 countries in Asia and Africa, totaling over 100,000 li (50 million meters). Zheng's voyages started a new era in the world's seafaring history.

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Modern Celebrities in Yunnan

Tang Jiyao(唐继尧)

Tang Jiyao, Wade-Giles romanization T’ang Chi-yao, (born 1881, Huize (now in Jinzhong), Yunnan, China—died May 23, 1927, Kunming), military governor of China’s Yunnan province from 1913 to 1927. In 1915 Tang provided crucial military support to the rebels opposing Yuan Shikai’s reestablishment of the monarchy. Thereafter he remained a somewhat lukewarm supporter of Sun Yat-sen. After Sun’s death in 1925 Tang made an abortive attempt at the leadership of the national government. By that time, however, the corruption of his regime had led to the erosion of his power in Yunnan.

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Xiong Qinglai(熊庆来)

Xiong Qinglai, or Hiong King-Lai (October 20, 1893-February 3, 1969), was a Chinese mathematician from Yunnan. He was the first person to introduce modern mathematics into China, and served as an influential president of Yunnan University from 1937 through 1947. A Chinese stamp was issued in his honor.

Luo Binghui(罗炳辉)

Luo Binghui (1897-1946), former name Luo Defu, was born in a peasant family in Adushe Village of Jiaokui Town, Yiliang County (彝良). He once participated in the North Expedition War (1916-1928) against the Beiyang Government based in Beijing during the Republic of China (1911-1949), and took the posts such as the commander of the Second Company of the Sixth Corps of the Red Army, and deputy commander of the New Fourth Army and Shandong Military Region before 1949. 

Nie Er(聂耳)

Nie Er (1912-1935) is the composer of the national anthem of the People's Republic of China.

Influenced by his mother, Nie was very fond of folk music. He wrote a total of 37 pieces in his life, all in the two years before his death. A significant proportion of these songs reflected working class life and struggles including the Graduation SongProgress Song and Song of the Big Road.

In 1982, March of the Volunteers was officially adopted by the Fifth Plenary Session of the Fifth National People's Congress as the national anthem of the People's Republic of China.

Yang Liping(杨丽萍)

Yang Liping (born 10 November 1958) is a Chinese dancer and choreographer of Bai Minority. She is known across China for her creativity and her performance of the Dai peacock dance. Yang has been dubbed as the “Peacock Princess of China”. In May 2009, she revealed a dance and music production 'Sound of Yunnan Show', at the Yunnan Art Institute's Experimental Theater. On November 17, 2009, US President Barack Obama is visit to China, she performed the classic dance “The Spirit of the Birds” at the Great Hall of the People.

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Foreign Celebrities in Yunnan

Joseph Stilwell

Joseph Warren Stilwell (March 19, 1883 – October 12, 1946, aka Shih Ti-wei/約瑟夫·華倫·史迪威 in China) was a United States Army general who served in the China Burma India Theater during World War II. His caustic personality was reflected in the nickname “Vinegar Joe”.

Distrust of his Allies and a lack of resources meant Stilwell was continually forced to improvise. He famously differed as to strategy, ground troops versus air power, with his subordinate, Claire Chennault, who had the ear of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. General George Marshall, the Army Chief of Staff, acknowledged he had given Stilwell “one of the most difficult” assignments of any theater commander.

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Claire Lee Chennault

Claire Lee Chennault (September 6, 1893 – July 27, 1958) was an American military aviator best known for his leadership of the “Flying Tigers” and the Republic of China Air Force in World War II.

Chennault was a fierce advocate of “pursuit” or fighter-interceptor aircraft during the 1930s when the United States Army Air Corps was focused primarily on high-altitude bombardment. Chennault retired from the United States Army in 1937, and went to work as an aviation adviser and trainer in China.

Starting in early 1941, Chennault commanded the 1st American Volunteer Group (nicknamed Flying Tigers). He headed both the volunteer group and the uniformed U.S. Army Air Forces units that replaced it in 1942. He feuded constantly with General Joseph Stilwell, the U.S. Army commander in China, and helped China's Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek to convince President Roosevelt to remove Stilwell in 1944. The China-Burma-India theater was strategically essential in order to fix many vital elements of the Imperial Japanese Army on the Chinese mainland to limit their use against Allied forces advancing towards Japan in the two Pacific campaigns.

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Joseph Francis Charles Rock

Joseph Francis Charles Rock(1884-1962) was an Austrian-American explorer, geographer, linguist and botanist.Underwent renovation years ago, the Rock Joseph’s Former Residence in Yuhu Village was opened to tourist as “Exhibition Hall for Former Residence of Dr. J.F. Rock”.

Joseph Rock, an Austria-American botanist and explorer, lived in Yuhu village and other places in that region from 1922 to 1949. He was also a naturalist and Photographer, and the first foreign scholar to introduce Lijiang ethnic culture to the western world.

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