Jin Yong

1924 - 2018

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Louis Cha Leung-yung (Chinese: 查良鏞; 10 March 1924 – 30 October 2018), better known by his pen name Jin Yong (Chinese: 金庸), pronounced "Gum Yoong" in Cantonese, was a Chinese wuxia ("martial arts and chivalry") novelist and essayist who co-founded the Hong Kong daily newspaper Ming Pao in 1959 and served as its first editor-in-chief. He was Hong Kong's most famous writer, and is named along with Gu Long and Liang Yusheng as the "Three Legs of the Tripod of Wuxia". His wuxia novels have a widespread following in Chinese communities worldwide. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jin Yong has received more than 1,128,554 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Jin Yong is the 650th most popular writer (down from 630th in 2019), the 171st most popular biography from China (down from 154th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Chinese Writer.

Jin Yong is one of the most famous and well-known authors of wuxia novels. He is best known for his novel, "The Legend of the Condor Heroes".

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  • 35

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  • 4.50

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  • 3.17

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Among writers, Jin Yong ranks 650 out of 5,794Before him are John Irving, Camilo José Cela, Poliziano, Aratus, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, and Ryszard Kapuściński. After him are Christopher Tolkien, Hermann Broch, Sven Hassel, Giambattista Basile, Dashiell Hammett, and Ben Jonson.

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Among people born in 1924, Jin Yong ranks 29Before him are Sergei Parajanov, Lys Assia, Sidney Lumet, Mário Soares, Ezer Weizman, and Jovanka Broz. After him are Christopher Tolkien, Georges Charpak, Willard Boyle, Kōbō Abe, Dmitry Yazov, and Ed Wood. Among people deceased in 2018, Jin Yong ranks 24Before him are Peter Grünberg, Burt Reynolds, Lys Assia, Paul Allen, France Gall, and Billy Graham. After him are Robert Venturi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Arto Paasilinna, Francis Lai, Hubert de Givenchy, and Arvid Carlsson.

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In China

Among people born in China, Jin Yong ranks 171 out of 1,186Before him are Yuan Shu (155), Emperor Renzong of Song (1010), Zhu De (1886), Huineng (638), Emperor Hui of Han (-210), and Huo Yuanjia (1868). After him are Hong Xiuquan (1814), Empress Wanrong (1906), Tianqi Emperor (1605), Huang Zhong (148), Zhang Sanfeng (1200), and Emperor Suzong of Tang (711).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Jin Yong ranks 11Before him are Wu Cheng'en (1500), Luo Guanzhong (1330), Mo Yan (1955), Wang Wei (699), Bai Juyi (772), and Kumārajīva (343). After him are Zhang Sanfeng (1200), Su Shi (1037), Faxian (340), Kang Youwei (1858), Tao Yuanming (365), and Cao Xueqin (1724).