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Friday, January 6, 2017, 17:02

Celebrities born in the Year of the Rooster

By Li Hongrui
Celebrities born in the Year of the Rooster
Li Xiaopeng at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (left), young Li holds many awards. (Photo/IC; VCG)

Li Xiaopeng

A four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner with 16 world titles, Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng impressed the world with his amazing performances in gymnastics.

Born on July 27 in 1981, Li started gymnastics training when he was 5 years old and was selected for the national team at 15. By the time when he retired in 2009, Li has surpassed Li Ning, who was titled as "Prince of Gymnastics", in the number of his championships and medals.

Celebrities born in the Year of the Rooster
Li Longji portrayed in a fresco (left); Yang Yuhuan played by Lin Fangbing in 1990 TV series Tang Ming Huang. (File photo)

Li Longji

Born on Sept 8 in 685, Li Longji is one of the most well-known emperors in Chinese history. During his reign in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), China enjoyed unprecedented prosperity It also saw a great boom in cultural exchanges with foreign countries, including 70 countries in Asia and Africa.

Li was good at music and writing poetry and fond of playing the pi pa,a four-stringed plucked musical instrument. He composed the famous song Ni Chang Yu Yi Qu (《霓裳羽衣曲》) and about 100 melodies.

Love stories between the emperor and his concubine Yang Yuhuan have been adapted into many poems, novels and TV series.

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