Jin Yong's death great loss to literary world: Presidential Office

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Renowned martial arts novelist Louis Cha (查良鏞), better known by his pen name Jin Yong (金庸)

Renowned martial arts novelist Louis Cha (查良鏞), better known by his pen name Jin Yong (金庸)

Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) The death of renowned Chinese martial arts novelist Louis Cha (查良鏞), better known by his pen name Jin Yong (金庸), is a great loss to the literary world, Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said Tuesday.

Lin made the remark in wake of Hong Kong media reports of Cha's death at the age of 94.

According to the website of the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao, which Cha founded in 1959, he died earlier that day at a hospital in Hong Kong.

"His works will always be one of the most important in the Chinese martial arts genre," Lin said.

Cha's works are Chinese martial arts classics and the source of countless television series, movies and programs, Lin went on, adding that they also have a deep influential role in ethnic Chinese communities.

His works not only allow readers around the world to understand the way of martial arts and the deeds of Kung Fu practioners, but the vivid scenarios he created also allow readers to be curious about history and what people ate and drank in the past, Lin pointed out.

Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) also wrote on his Facebook page that he was shocked to hear that Cha, who he referred to as a "grandmaster," had died and expressed his deepest condolences.

"The martial arts world that he created not only gave me happiness but also much inspiration," Lai said.

Cha was born on March 10, 1924 in Haining, in China's Zhejiang Province and he moved to Hong Kong in 1948.

The novels he wrote include "The Legend of the Condor Heroes," which made Jin Yong a household name in ethnic Chinese communities around the world.

Renowned martial arts novelist Louis Cha (查良鏞), better known by his pen name Jin Yong (金庸)

(By Yeh Su-ping and William Yen)
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