Chi Li (born 30 May 1957) is a contemporary female Chinese writer based in Wuhan. She graduated from department of Chinese literature at Wuhan University in 1986.[2][3] The setting for some of her stories is Changtangkou (长埫口镇) in Xiantao, Hubei.

Chi Li
Native name
Born (1957-05-30) May 30, 1957 (age 63)
Xiantao, Hubei, China[1]
Alma materWuhan University
Period1986 - present
Notable worksLife Show
Comes and Goes
Don't Talk about Love
Chinese name

In 2014, she participated in the International Writing Program's Fall Residency at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.[4]


Chi Li has written a number of novels, including the following:

  • Life Show, a story about the owner of a small restaurant on Jiqing Street in Wuhan. The book was later made into a movie, also titled Life Show, starring Tao Hong and Tao Zeru.
  • Comes and Goes, a story of extramarital affairs occurring in Wuhan. TV series of same name starring Pu Cunxin, Lü Liping, Xu Qing, Li Xiaoran.
  • Don't Talk about Love and The Sun was Born, adapted into TV series Don't Talk about Love. Two antithetical families took totally different attitudes to their children's love.
  • Good Morning, Lady, adapted to a 20-episode TV series of same name.
  • Willow Waist
  • Cold or Hot, It's Good to Live (冷也好熱也好活著就好), 1990


  1. ^ Leung, Laifong (2017). "Chi Li". Contemporary Chinese Fiction Writers: Biography, Bibliography, and Critical Assessment. Routledge. pp. 51–55. ISBN 978-0-7656-1760-6.
  2. ^ Hongwei Lu (2006). "TV Romance and Popular Cultural Mood: The Chi Li Phenomenon". The China Review. Chinese University Press. 6 (1): 125 ff. ISSN 1680-2012.
  3. ^ "Chi Li, a Special Figure among Chinese Writers". Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ "2014 Resident Participants | The International Writing Program". Retrieved 2017-04-10.