Louis Cha Jing-yong, better known by his pen name Jin Yong, was a famed Chinese wuxia ("martial arts and chivalry") novelist and essayist who co-founded the Hong Kong daily newspaper Ming Pao in 1959 and served as its first editor-in-chief.
- Pen name /ˈpen ˌneɪm/：笔名
- Martial arts and chivalry /ˈmɑr·ʃəl ˈɑrt/ /ˈʃɪv·əl·ri/：武侠（其中Martial arts意为武术；Chivalry意为骑士、侠士）
His works were largely set in the world of the jianghu, a pugilistic society where martial arts exponents travel China trading blows, teaching skills and upholding a strict code of honour.
- Pugilistic /ˌpjuː.dʒɪˈlɪs.tɪk/：江湖的
- Trade blows：过招；比试
He was one of the best-selling Chinese authors, with more than 300 million copies of his works sold worldwide.
Hailed as a literary giant, his fictional works have been translated into multiple languages including English, French, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai. Here are some English titles of Cha's works.
The Legend of the Condor Heroes
The Return of the Condor Heroes
The Deer and the Cauldron
The Smiling, Proud Wanderer
The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber
Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils
Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain
- Condor /ˈkɑːn.dɔːr/：神鹰；秃鹰
- Cauldron /ˈkɑːl.drən/：大锅；釜
- Saber /ˈseɪ·bər/：军刀；佩剑
- Demi- /ˈdem·i, -ɑɪ/;Semi- /ˈsem·i, -ɑɪ/：半；部分（其中demi来自法语；semi来自拉丁语）
After Cha completed all his works, it was discovered that the first characters of the first 14 titles can be joined together to form a couplet with 7 characters on each line:
Shooting a white deer, snow flutters around the skies;
Smiling, [one] writes about the divine chivalrous one, leaning against bluish lovebirds [or lover]