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Han Han: Racecar driver, all round bad boy and China’s biggest blogger

Notorious ‘public intellectual’ Han Han talks about his love-hate relationship with Shanghai and being one of Time magazine’s ‘most influential figures’

Dropping out of school at 16, Han Han is not well-educated in traditional Chinese values, but he is one of China’s most influential literary figures, publishing his own magazine and authoring the most popular blog in the country. According to, Han’s blog, hosted on the popular portal and forum (find it here, Chinese only), has the most clicks in the Chinese-speaking world. Starting in 2003, Han Han added “professional race car driver” to his ever-growing resume when he officially entered the pro circuit racing in a number of Chinese and international events. Han Han was named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people this year in 2009. Click here to read more »

Han Han

The 2010 TIME 100

By Simon Elegant

Best-selling novelist, champion race-car driver, wasp-tongued enfant terrible of China’s literary world — Han Han has been all these things. But the Shanghai native, 27, has vaulted into a unique new role in the past year. In mid-2009, Han became China’s most popular blogger. He doesn’t focus on the mundane details of his daily life or celebrity gossip. Instead, he zeroes in on the ills of contemporary Chinese society, his barbed posts targeting topics from official venality to the failings of a state-produced movie about Confucius.

So far, Han has been adept at negotiating the authorities’ unspoken boundaries on permissible criticism. He is aware of the responsibility that comes with his new prominence. “All of us standing on this stage…should strive to slowly remove those high walls,” he wrote in a recent post in which he discussed government restrictions on the Internet. “Then, when the sun shines in, it will be such a light that no one will ever be able to extinguish it again.”

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Heartthrob’s Blog Challenges China’s Leaders

“The government wants China to become a great cultural nation, but our leaders are so uncultured.” Han Han



IT’S not so easy being Han Han, the heartthrob race car driver and pop novelist who just happens to be China’s most widely read blogger. Click here to read more »