Hotties in Chinese History

by Tin

Meng Xiaodong

Recently I stumbled upon this hilarious and informative Bangable Dudes in History: Dead man porn for your still-beating heart by a blogger named Megan B. She even drew pie charts to show you why those dudes are so bangable for crying out loud! She did an interview with Salon if you want to go deep into her reasoning behind the blog.

Two Chinese dudes in history made her list–first Premier of the People’s Republic of China Zhou Enlai and the Last Emperor of China Puyi–which got me thinking, what other historical/cultural figures in Chinese history in the last century or so one might be hot and bothered by? So without further ado, here is my list of hot ladies and germs gents in Chinese history. And no I am not drawing any pie charts.

Meng Xiaodong


Call her China’s first and most popular drag king. Meng Xiaodong was prominent as a Peking Opera singer who specialized in Sheng (male) roles. Born in Shanghai in 1908, she commanded the opera stage with a suave presence. Some said she was “more of a man than a man.” She was recently portrayed by Zhang Ziyi in Chen Kaige’s Forever Enthralled and, trust me, Zhang did NOT do Meng’s hotness justice.

Mei Lanfang

Of course it takes someone as beautiful as another Peking Opera singer Mei Lanfang (China’s most famous drag queen) to win the heart of Meng Xiaodong.  Exclusively known for his dan (female) role, he was said to assume a female role better than a woman. He was so devastatingly hot and talented that he already had two wives when he married Meng.

Xu Zhimo

Very quietly I take my leave / As quietly as I came here; Gently I flick my sleeves / Not even a wisp of cloud will I bring away

A pioneer of the modern Chinese poetry movement and a true romantic, Xu was inspired to write poems by his love for a woman named Lin Huiyin. He rebelled against arranged marriage and fought hard for the women he loved. Being a poet is hot enough. Being a famous one and good-looking? Priceless!

Chiang Kai-shek

Leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party, the Kuomintang (KMT), he was an ally of Sun Yat-sen and fought hard to uphold his political ideals. Sure he was forced to retreat to Taiwan but who cares when you had a hot wife like Soong Mei-ling (see below). And he is quite a looker himself.

Chiang Wei-kuo

Like father like son. Even though he was actually adopted by Chiang Kai-shek, Wei-kuo made the hot list with his (allegedly) mixed-race good looks.  All politics aside, he looked particularly dapper in a military uniform.

The Soong Sisters


Soong Mei-ling

No sisters in Chinese history are as eminent as the Soong Sisters (hence the 1997 Hong Kong film of the same name).

Together with their husbands, they were the most powerful political figures in the early 20th century. All three of them were well-educated and held their own despite their famous male counterparts. Personally I think Soong Mei-ling is the hottest. And she attended lesbian factory Wellesley College. Hey, one can fantasize!

Nien Cheng

Nien Cheng (Right) with her beloved daughter Meiping

-This gorgeous woman penned the famous Life and Death in Shanghai, a memoir  that recounted her disturbing experience during the Cultural Revolution. Angelic yet tough as a cookie, she tolerated over 6 years of inhumane imprisonment but never gave into false confession.

Any other prominent historical/cultural figures you find titillating? I am off to get a nice, cold drink.

4 responses to “Hotties in Chinese History

  1. Wow, fun yet also educational post! Also, I’m proud to say that my film fest screened Forever Enthralled 2 years ago. : )

  2. I love this blog, Tin. Thanks for the great clips! However, I have to say it would be hard for me to masturbate Chiang Kai-shek, the father of Taiwan, no matter how cute he was!

    • Lol Quentin. That’s exactly why I did not include Sun Yat-sen, the father of Republican China, on the list. But then again, all that power…

  3. Fabulous reporting Tin! so cool!

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