Fan Bingbing – China’s Sweetheart

Fan Bingbing (or Bingbing Fan, depending on your Chinese name transcription preferences) is a super popular Chinese film and TV actress, with a delightfully airy name. Just say it, “Fan Bingbing”. Quite fun, eh?

Fan Bingbing, seen here holding a giant golden...something.

Fan Bingbing, seen here holding a giant golden…something.

Fan was ranked the number one most influential Chinese celebrity twice in a row in 2013 and 2014 by the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list, which is a thing, saying something about her popularity. She has been nominated for or won a number of well named acting awards, including the Golden Rooster, Golden Horse, Golden Bauhinia, and of course the Hundred Flowers awards. That’s a lot of golden stuff. And bauhinias, whatever that is.

Western audiences may have spied her in the recent blockbuster X-Men : Days of Future Past (A “whoa”-inducing title for stoners if I’ve ever seen one) where she played a mutant named Blink, who has the ability to teleport from place to place. This seems like a great skill, particularly in Hollywood where traffic can be murder. Come to think of it, it may be even more useful in China, where I once rode in a taxi that mounted a sidewalk at 40 miles per hour because the street was a tad too crowded for the driver’s liking.

She also appeared in the 2013 superhero film Iron Man 3, in a some-might-say cynical ploy to increase Asian box office grosses. She can only be seen in the version of the film released in China, which tells you something about how necessary the character is to the film’s story. The plot worked though – Iron Man 3 was the year’s second biggest hit in China, just behind the intriguing sounding Journey to the West : Conquering the Demonswhich I picture as a Journey concert film, and just ahead of the less intriguing sounding Personal Tailor.

She also wears super cool green head thingies at times. We like that.

She also wears super cool green head thingies at times. We like that.

We may well see more of Ms. Bingbing in the near future, since her overwhelming fame in her native land is likely to attract more international suitors (or personal tailors, even!). All hail Fan Bingbing!


About Arto

Co-founder of the Funny Names Blog, Hawaiian shirt enthusiast, and holder of a funny name himself with too many vowels for any sensible person. Currently residing in San Diego, California, scouring through obscure documents on a hunt for more funny names.
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22 Responses to Fan Bingbing – China’s Sweetheart

  1. ksbeth says:

    love her name, almost sounds musical or like the name of a musical.

  2. Such a beautiful woman too. The name…so very original.

  3. Makes you wonder with her traveling/movie making potential, has Ms. Bingbing ever tried eating tinapang bangus? Food for thought. 🙂

  4. Dave says:

    Arto! I never knew you traveled to China?!? Or maybe I did but forgot. When were you there?

  5. kerbey says:

    She gives me the willies. She is like a porcelain statue. I hear her sibling’s name is Chengcheng Fan. What is up with all this repetition? I wouldn’t name my daughter StephanieStephanie. I think I’ll go to Cheesecake Factory and get some Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp. That pleases me more than BingBing.

  6. markbialczak says:

    Her parents were listening to old Bing Crosby on the old turntable and the needle skipped, Arto?

  7. wdydfae says:

    Fan Bingbing.


    Bring big fan.

  8. Liz says:

    methinks you have a teeny tiny bit of a crushcrush on Ms. Bingbing, Arto. Perhaps? She’s gorgeous. And that green head thingie? A hat. Just for future reference. You are a versatile topic picker outer, Arto. And it’s all fun to read.

  9. Nice article – I’m definitely a Bingbing Fan now. I think I met her brother Bangbang once…

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