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Han Geng (born February 9, 1984), better known in Korea as Hankyung, is a Chinese pop singer, and actor. He is the only Chinese member of the large boy band Super Junior and the leader of its subgroup Super Junior-M. He is regarded as one of the four lead dancers of Super Junior and is also one of the two members in the group who frequently performs Chinese martial arts in Super Junior's dance routines, the other being Sungmin. Han is well-known for his dancing, being particularly skillful in Chinese traditional dances from the 56 minority Chinese ethnic groups. As a member of a Korean music group, he is an important contributor to the Korean wave in China.[3] Han was also a torch bearer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, being the first boy band member to be chosen in history.
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Early life

Han Geng, an ethnic Nanai from Northeast China, was born in Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China.At the age of 13 he joined Central University for Nationalities to perfect his craft in the dance industry.

When he was preparing his graduation from the Central University for Nationalities at the age of 17, he was discovered in December 2001 at the H.O.T. CHINA Audition Casting that was held in Beijing, China, where the competition rate was 3000 to 1.
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He signed a contract with SM Entertainment the year after, but it was not until early 2003 when he arrived to South Korea to receive private lessons in singing, dancing, and acting, as well as Korean language. A year later he was put in lessons with the rest of the trainees in SM Entertainment.

On February 6, 2005, SM Entertainment officially announced Han Geng as one of the 12 members of Super Junior 05, the first generation of the large all-male supposed rotational group, Super Junior. Han Geng was the first Chinese and the first foreigner to debut in South Korea, thus creating close media attention. Three months later after the announcement, Han made his first media appearance as a runway model, in a Fashion Show F/W general idea by Bum Suk.
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Super Junior

On November 6, 2005 after three years of training, Han Geng, along with 11 other Korean members of Super Junior 05, officially debuted on SBS's music program, Popular Songs, performing the group's first single, "TWINS (Knock Out)." The group released their full studio album a month later, and the album debuted as #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.As the group's second single, "Miracle", came to an end, his talent agency was about to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation, Super Junior 06. However, plans changed when the company added in a 13th member, Kyuhyun, and the company declared that future Super Junior generations were rumors. The group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially Super Junior. The new group hit big after they released their first CD single "U" the following summer in 2006, which became Super Junior's most successful single in the music charts, leading Super Junior to set #1 records in their music career since then. A year later in the fall of 2007, the group released their second official album, Don't Don, which became Super Junior's best-selling album and Korea's second best-selling album of the year.

Han was chosen as the leader of Super Junior's third sub-unit, Super Junior-M, and on April 8, 2008, the Mandopop group debuted in China at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards with their first single, "U". The subgroup released their first Chinese-language studio album, Me on May 2, 2008. The album debuted on Taiwan's G-music combo charts as #2 and #1 on many of China's and Thailand's music charts.
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Film and television career

Before joining SM Entertainment in the fall of 2002, Han worked briefly as a cameo actor in short low-budget Chinese films to earn a salary while he lived in Beijing before entering college. When SM's next Chinese talent, Zhang Liyin, debuted a year after him, his company arranged him to play a role in Zhang's debut music video, "Timeless", where he acted alongside Lee Yeonhee and his bandmate Siwon. He was also the lead role in Zhang's debut Chinese music video, "星愿 (I WILL)" that also featured Yeonhee and Siwon, which was released in March 2008.

His first big-scale film was Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, an SM Pictures production that starred all Super Junior members except Kyuhyun. He played the role of a popular basketball player who later got attacked by a mysterious force. Despite positive critical ratings, that film did not do well in the box-office, but all four versions of the film's DVD were all sold out and broke chart records.

He is one of the few members of Super Junior who actively appears on variety shows, such as being a regular guest in Love Letter and Star Golden Bell. Being active in variety shows, his popularity within Super Junior grew and Han became popular overseas. Aside South Korea, Han is also well-known in China, where he has made guest appearances in over three different Chinese variety shows, being one of the first K-pop idols to appear in them.

In 2008, Han Geng was chosen to play the leading role of a CCTV mini drama called Stage of Youth (青春舞台). He plays Xia Lei (夏磊), a young man who loves to dance; and has to go through numerous obstacles and challenges in order to achieve his dream to become the new generation’s dancing star. The cast also includes Huang Yi, Zhang Jun Ning, Joey Yung, Yumiko Cheng and Kenny Kwan. The 12-episode drama was a Chinese New Year Special and also a tribute to the Beijing Olympics 2008. It aired on CCTV-Children (少儿频道) from January 19 to 31, 2009.
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2008 Beijing Olympics torch bearer

On March 20, 2008, Han was announced to be one of the torch bearers for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, being the first boy band member to be chosen in history.Being active in a foreign country, Han has simultaneously promoted Chinese culture to Korea, gaining positive reviews from the judges. His torch relay was in the Beijing route on August 07, 2008. He was runner number 240.
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Visa controversy

Before debut, Han entered Korea with a vacation's visa and had to return to China every three months for a new one.After his debut in 2005, his company had him hold an E-6 (Entertainment Industry) passport for his longer stay. However, the passport strictly limited his promotional activities and appearances in various broadcasting corporations in Korea. According to law, a foreigner in Korea was only allowed to perform on three television stations, and he was allowed to perform on only KBS and SBS, as stated by Lee Soo Man during a Harvard Korean Wave conference in early 2007. Fellow labelmate, Zhang Liyin, was also under the same issue, also performing in Korea with an E-6 passport. Initially, the company did not know of the procedures, and was fined because of it. Before Han signed contracts with KBS and SBS, he performed on stage with a mask and hat on to hide his face on screen. Many thought Han was just a back-up dancer until three months later when bandmate Heechul finally revealed him to the media by publicly taking off his mask.

Despite visa restrictions, Han was seen performing with the rest of the members at the 2007 M.NET/KM Music Festival and the 2007 Golden Disk Awards, both award ceremonies that airs on the channels that Han was restricted to perform in. On August 1, 2008, the Korean government's law of restrictions on foreigners were lifted, and foreign entertainers in Korea are now allowed to perform in every station. However, Han is still unable to perform on M.NET due to the channel's controversy with his company.
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Personal life

He currently attends Central University for Nationalities, majoring in ballet and traditional dance. His legs are 12 cm longer than the length of his upper body.
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