Chen Jingwen is a promising sprinter who specialises in the 400 metres. She represented China at the 2008 Olympic Games and, at just 22 years of age, continues to improve.
The girl group that Fei is famous for fronting, Miss A, were formed in South Korea, where they are hugely popular. However, Fei was born and raised in the Chinese city of Guangzhou. The 25-year-old is one of the most recognised female celebrities of Chinese origin active in the South Korean entertainment scene.
Nicknamed “Jenny”, Shanshan Feng started playing golf at the tender age of 10 and would go on to become the first player from China to secure membership on the LPGA Tour, in 2008. The 22-year-old clinched her first major title in June 2012, when she won the LPGA Championship.
Huang Zhongming is a male rower who represented Team China at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Coached by Wu Jining, his hobbies include computer games and music.
One of China’s top models, Li Ai has worked for some of the most prominent designers in fashion, including Valentino and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Ai also hosts the Chinese edition of ‘American’s Next Top Model’ and graduated from Guangzhou University with a management degree.
The 20-year-old, Li Zhilang, is a midfielder who plays for his local team Guangzhou Evergrande. As a result of an overhaul of the entire club over the past 12 months, the former China Under-20 international now finds himself taking orders from Italian World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi, who was appointed manager of the 2011 Super League champions in May 2012.
Peng Shaoxiong is another midfielder in the Guangzhou Evergrande ranks who now plays alongside footballers of genuine class, including Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios, which could bring out the best in this talented 23-year-old.
Although she lives in Sydney, Sarah Song was born in Guangzhou, and won the Miss Chinese International award in 2007. The 26-year-old model isn’t just a pretty face, however; she can also speak three languages – Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
At the age of three she moved to Hong Kong, she now lives in New York, but Vivienne Tam was born and spent the early years of his life in Guangzhou. Her fashion brand is named after her and is inspired by Chinese culture, design and modern fashion.
Tang Xiaoyin specialises in the 400 metres and represented China in the 4×400 metres relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2009, at the Chinese National Games, she earned a gold medal in the same event.
Wang Zhengming is a gifted badminton player who finished as runner-up to his idol Lin Dan at the 2010 Badminton Asia Championships. The 22-year-old also won titles at junior level and could well become a big player over the next few years.
When it comes to Guangzhou-born badminton players, few can match the achievements of Xie Xingfang. She has won a host of medals in countries across the world, and picked up a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, losing to her compatriot Zhang Ning in the final.
You Meihong is a young Chinese swimmer who competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Born in Guangzhou in 1993, Meihong won the 800 metre freestyle event at the 2008 China Open.
Although very much an Argentinian, Dario Conca has lived in Guangzhou since July 2011, when he became one of the world’s best-paid footballers. The 29-year-old is a gifted playmaker and has lit up the Tianhe Stadium since Fluminense.
He shone at Borussia Dortmund, but Paraguay international Lucas Barrios made the move to Guangzhou in 2012, becoming the latest player to join the Chinese football revolution. At 27, he will spend his prime years with the Super League champions.