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Louis Cha, better known by his pen name Jin Yong, was born on February 6, 1924 in Haining county of Zhejiang province in mainland China. In 1947, Cha joined Ta Kung Pao, a Chinese newspaper agency, which would lead him to move to Hong Kong a year later when he became the copy editor of the newspaper. Soon after, Cha was transferred to Hsin Wan Pao, the evening version of Ta Kung Pao, as Deputy Editor. He would met Chen Wentong, and under Chen's influence, Cha wrote his first serialized Martial Arts novel. In 1957, he became a scenarist-director at the Great Wall Movie Enterprises Ltd. and Phoenix Film Company. In 1959, Louis Cha founded Ming Pao Daily News, a popular Hong Kong newspaper, with Shen Baoxin, his former high school classmate. Although he was born in China, Cha has spent the majority of his life and career in Hong Kong. He is considered to be one of the best Chinese writers.
lkcondor.gif Wuxia= Martial Arts + Chivalry
Cha introduced the majority of his novels in daily installments in the Ming Pao Daily News. The book editions of his novels were published later on. Cha wrote fourteen novels and one short story.
In chronological order:
  1. The Book and the Sword (書劍恩仇錄) (1955)
  2. Sword Stained with Royal Blood (碧血劍) (1956)
  3. The Legend of the Condor Heroes (射鵰英雄傳) (1957)
  4. Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain (雪山飛狐) (1959)
  5. The Return of the Condor Heroes (神鵰俠侶) (1959)
  6. Other Tales of the Flying Fox (飛狐外傳) (1960)
  7. Swordswoman Riding West on White Horse (白馬嘯西風) (1961)
  8. Blade-dance of the Two Lovers (鴛鴦刀) (1961)
  9. Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre (倚天屠龍記) (1961)
  10. A Deadly Secret (連城訣) (1963)
  11. Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (天龍八部) (1963)
  12. Ode to Gallantry (俠客行) (1965)
  13. The Smiling Proud Wanderer (笑傲江湖) (1967)
  14. The Deer and the Cauldron (鹿鼎記) (1969–1972)
  15. Sword of the Yue Maiden (越女劍) (1970)

Wuxia novels were normally set in ancient times. The heroes in Chinese Wuxia fiction do not usually serve a lord, have military power, or belong to wealthy and elite families. They are often from lower social classes of ancient Chinese society. Wuxia heroes are normally bounded by a code of chivalry that requires them to perform good deeds, especially for those less fortunate. The Wuxia heroes fight for justice and bring retribution for past wrongs. These heroes and their code of chivalry can be compared to but are not exactly the same as the Japanese Samurai and Bushido, European knights and their chivalrous traditions, and the gunslingers of American Westerns.