Bei Dao

1949 - Today

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Bei Dao (simplified Chinese: 北岛; traditional Chinese: 北島; pinyin: Běi Dǎo; lit. 'Northern Island', born August 2, 1949) is the pen name of the Chinese-American writer Zhao Zhenkai (S: 赵振开, T: 趙振開, P: Zhào Zhènkāi). Among the most acclaimed Chinese-language poets of his generation, he is often regarded as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bei Dao has received more than 152,542 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Bei Dao is the 1,312th most popular writer (up from 4,197th in 2019), the 372nd most popular biography from China (up from 802nd in 2019) and the 27th most popular Chinese Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 150k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 59.68

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 29

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.65

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.55

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Kai suo
Translations into English, Pei-tao,, Chinese Poetry
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History, General, Biography/Autobiography
Po tung
Chinese Short stories, Fiction, Social life and customs
Notes from the city of the sun
Lan fang zi


Among writers, Bei Dao ranks 1,312 out of 7,302Before him are Alfonsina Storni, Ken Kesey, Widukind of Corvey, Lina Heydrich, Marcus Garvey, and Hunter S. Thompson. After him are Khaled al-Asaad, Matteo Bandello, Ubertino of Casale, Sadegh Hedayat, Rasul Gamzatov, and Zachris Topelius.

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Among people born in 1949, Bei Dao ranks 86Before him are Margareta of Romania, Gary Ridgway, Svetislav Pešić, Valeriy Borzov, Peter Agre, and Paloma Picasso. After him are Larry Holmes, Annie Leibovitz, Quini, Josephine Chaplin, Joachim Sauer, and Twiggy.

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In China

Among people born in China, Bei Dao ranks 372 out of 1,610Before him are Guo Moruo (1892), Yoshiko Yamaguchi (1920), Fuchai (-550), Trisong Detsen (742), Terence Young (1915), and Xu Guangqi (1562). After him are Zhang Daoling (34), 11th Dalai Lama (1838), Emperor Zhaozong of Tang (867), Guo Xi (1020), Taiichi Ohno (1912), and Gengshi Emperor (null).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Bei Dao ranks 27Before him are Cai Yan (177), Pu Songling (1640), Shi Nai'an (1296), Lao She (1899), Meng Haoran (690), and Lu Yu (733). After him are Lin Yutang (1895), Yan Fu (1854), Sima Xiangru (-179), Liang Qichao (1873), Qiu Jin (1875), and Du Mu (803).