There are a lot of people who think that Chinese actors are only martial artists and singers only. However, there is another side to them that many people do not know. For example, many Chinese actors have extremely athletic bodies but do not show off their bodies in public. That is very rare in most Asian cultures and gives them uniqueness. Overall, even though many Chinese actors are famous for martial arts and singing abilities, there is also a sporty side to them that people overlook. So, here we have the top 10 Chinese actors who have a sporty side:
1. Jackson Wang
A member of the K-pop boy group GOT7 and a solo singer, Jackson Wang, is a fashion icon. But before becoming an international hip-hop artist, Jackson Wang was a fencer on the national team of Hong Kong. His father was formally on the Chinese national Fencing team and even won gold. Jackson won multiple awards for Hong Kong's fencing team under the training of his coaches and father at the age of 10.
2. Ian Chan
A multi-talented artist and a member of the C-pop boy group MIRROR, Ian Chan is not only a vocalist and actor but is also an all-around athlete. Chan used to play basketball and volleyball in middle school, and even table tennis and taekwondo, in that he has a blackbelt.
3. Alex Fong
Before beginning his career in the Entertainment Industry, as an actor and singer, Alex Fong got involved in swimming for his father's wish. He trained under Richard Shoulberg, a renowned American Coach. Alex had the nickname "Little Flying Fish" and even competed at Sydney Olympics in 2000. In 2020 at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Alex Fong hosted with TVB as a reporter.
4. Stephanie Ho
At 16, Stephanie Ho participated in TVB's singing competition 'The Voice', wowing crowds with her voice. She later signed on with TVB as an actress and released her music in 2013. But apart from being only a good singer, Stephanie Ho has been playing golf since she was six, and even joined the Hong Kong National Golf Team and became a champion in 2009. Although she stopped playing golf as a teenager, she recently started playing it again, are participating in local competitions since 2018.
5. Stephy Tang
Stephy Tang has led an extensive career in showbiz, from starting as a model to joining the C-pop girl group Cookies and becoming an actress. She always had a passion for sports and was once a volleyball player, though her interest has recently shifted towards yoga. Since middle school, Tang played on Hong Kong's volleyball team. She gave up sports to focus on her entertainment career. On ViuTV's show We are the Littles, Tang joined Mirror boys as their team's coach.
6. Ruco Chan
Before Ruco Chan's tv debut in 1994 in the dramas like Forensic Heroes III and A Fist Within Four Walls, Ruco spent his days playing table tennis for Hong Kong's National Team. After training under Jubilee Sports Academy at 13, he joined the Hong Kong table tennis team and became the youngest player to represent the city. Recently, at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, he had the chance to show off his talent with the TVB artists in TVB's All Stars Sports Day.
7. Jet Li
Jet Li, born in 1963, is a Chinese actor, producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu Champion. He trained for three years with acclaimed teacher Wu Bin and won his first National Championship for Beijing's Wushu team. At 19, he retired from competitive Wushu and went on to create a career as an actor making his debut in the film Saolin Temple (1982). He even went on to star in international action films like Kiss of the Dragon (2001) and Unleashed (2005). He even acted in other films like The Forbidden Kingdon (2008) with Jackie Chan and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).
8. Huang Hong
Huang Hong, born in 1980, is a Chinese team handball player and a Chinese skit and sitcom actor and writer. She competed at the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008.
9. Wong Jing
Wong Jin is a Hong Kong actor, producer, director, presenter, and screenwriter. He had played many prominent roles in the Hong Kong Cinema with instincts for crowd-pleasing and publicity.
10. Bolo Yeung
Bolo Yeung, born in 1946, is a former bodybuilder, martial artist, and film actor. He is best known for his performances in the movie Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Bloodfight, and many other Hong Kong martial arts films.