Known As the Rich Grandchild From Shanghai, Let’s Get Better Acquainted With NCT’s Chenle!


Let’s Get Acquainted With the NCT Member Who is Known to have a Dolphin Voice – ChenLe

Zhong Chenle was born on November 22nd, 2001, in Shanghai, China. He is also known professionally as ChenLe. He studied at Beijing Contemporary Music School. In 2006, he entered the small television station Shanghai Ying Siu Sing School and started attending dance classes. In 2008, he was admitted to Shanghai Little Flute Art Troupe and studied vocal music with Huang Jing. He is a Chinese singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor based in Seoul, South Korea. He is a member of the popular South Korean boy band NCT, as a part of their subunit NCT Dream. He debuted with NCT Dream in August 2016, a rotational unit of NCT consisting of teenage members. He is one of the two members in the entire group alongside Renjun (the other Chinese member of NCT Dream) who was not introduced as a part of SM Rookies before the group’s debut. He debuted in NCT after only 2 months of training. NCT Dream made their debut with the single album Chewing Gum.

In this article, Channel-Korea will provide you with a rundown of everything you need to know about NCT Dream’s Chinese Member From Shanghai, Zhong Chenle, so, stay tuned!

Full Profile and Facts


ChenLe’s Profile

Birth Name Zhong Chen-Le (钟辰乐 / 鍾辰樂)
Stage Name Chenle (천러)
Korean Name Jong Jin-rak (종진락)
Date and Place of Birth November 22nd, 2001, in Shanghai, China
Position In Group Main Vocalist
Zodiac Sign Scorpio/Sagittarius Cusp
Height 174,2 cm (5’9″)
Weight 58 kg (128 lbs)
Blood Type A
Social Media Weibo: Chenle

Facts About ChenLe

  • He was born in Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China.
  • His family is very rich.
  • He has an older brother.
  • Education: Beijing Contemporary Music School.
  • He debuted only after 2 months of training.
  • He can play the piano.
  • Chenle is known as “Dolphin” because of his high-pitch laughing and screams.
  • He speaks Mandarin in his sleep.
  • His hobbies are cooking, football, and everything related to music.
  • His favorite school subjects are Physical Education, Mathematics, English and his most disliked subjects are Sociology and Science.
  • He really likes kimchi and eggs (eats about four fried eggs a day and makes the eggs himself).
  • Chenle likes Chocolate Milk (pretty much anything chocolate).
  • His favorite sports are basketball and football.
  • Chenle is afraid of spiders.
  • One of his catchphrases is “Oh my Gawd!”
  • Renjun said that when Chenle makes eggs, oil is all over the floor.
  • He appreciates EXO’s Lay a lot.
  • He is a former China Got Talent contestant.
  • He appeared in a movie called Soul Rhythm 2013.
  • He released 3 albums before his debut.
  • He participated in a Chinese show together with Jisung in 2013 and now they are together in NCT Dream.
  • Chenle was exposed by his members that he was the type of person to create excuses for why he has lost a game. (K-RUSH Season 3 Ep. 28)
  • Chenle doesn’t live in the dormitory anymore, his mom bought a house in Seoul and stays with him. If his mom has a business to attend to in China, his aunts stay with him. (One Night Sleepover).

ChenLe’s Family Background

NCT Dream fans may already know that Chenle is one of the members who joined NCT at the very end. Unlike the other 5 members of NCT Dream, Chenle and Renjun immediately debuted without being introduced as members of SM Rookies.

Coming from a wealthy family, recently, Chenle’s family background has been highlighted by netters on online community sites. The 2001-born singer from Shanghai, China is reportedly the grandson of a conglomerate that is one of the 20 most successful entrepreneurs in China. This doesn’t seem surprising if we see Chenle’s pre-debut photos. The pre-debut photos of the owner of Zhong Chenle’s full name are indeed different from other pre-debut members’ photos where it is very obvious that he is from a wealthy family.


One photo shows Chenle posing in front of a Buick, while in another photo, the singer of “My First and Last” poses on the balcony of a beachfront resort. In other photos, he appears to be playing in the courtyard against the background of a large house.

“Wow, his class is different. No wonder the pre-debut photos seem wow,” a netter commented. “I had guessed when I saw his pre-debut photos. I was wondering why he wanted to debut as an idol,” said another netter. “He has released 3 solo albums as a child singer. It’s interesting to see how hard it is to live life as an idol,” said another.

NCT’s Chenle Will Appear in Let Me Sleep For One Night


Member of the boy band NCT, Chenle, will appear on KBS2 TV’s variety show One Night Sleepover Trip or also known as Let Me Sleep For One Night. This time, Chenle will perform with his family in China in the upcoming episode, precisely on May 29th, at 11:10 pm KST. This will answer the mystery that has emerged among fans about the background of the family of the 2001-born idol.

One Night Sleepover Trip is hosted by Lee Sang-min and Kim Jong-min. The program invites the audience to see the two hosts, Lee Sang-min and Kim Jong-min, traveling abroad. There, they are asked to interact with the local residents and have a mission to be allowed to stay one night at the residents’ house.

Known to be from the Rich Family, This is NCT’s Chenle Home in Shanghai!

Not only he posses a variety of talents, but NCT’s Chenle is also often reported as a child from a wealthy family and we can finally see what his family home in Shanghai, China is like. In the latest episode of KBS’ One Night Sleepover Trip, the cast of the program visited NCT’s Chenle’s home in Shanghai, China.

At the beginning of the episode, Lee Sang-min asked Chenle, “I want to ask for help. We will be going to Shanghai next week, and in this program, we cannot sleep in a hotel. Your house is in Shanghai, so can you let us sleep for one night? I will let you sleep in Itaewon for ten nights.” Lee Sang-min also observed, “I’ve heard that your grandfather is very rich,” but Chenle replied, “He only lives comfortably now.”

NCT’s Chenle also said that he also owned a house in South Korea, where his parents lived. But in Shanghai, he lives in a luxury apartment with bamboo forests, swimming pools, and the value of the real estate is more than 4 billion won (more than 51 billion rupiahs). Wow, the house is really spacious and very comfortable.


He also introduced the show cast to his mother and gave them a tour of their apartment filled with photos of Chenle. Chenle’s mother also showed them videos of Chenle who appeared on China’s Got Talent as a child.


When the cast met with Chenle’s other family members, Chenle turned out to have many aunts. They also showed extraordinary affection for Chenle. An aunt said, “Chenle’s mother was initially opposed to the idea of having another child (Chenle was the second child) because of the one-child policy (which is in China). But I told her that if she had another child, I would help her, and I persuaded her. So glad she decided to have Chenle.”

Chenle himself is a lot younger than his brother. It’s a 13-year difference in age. Chenle’s mother commented, “Chenle grew up like having ten mothers. Aunts on both sides of our family took care of him as if he was their own son.”


Zhong ChenLe’s Discography

Solo Albums and Singles

  • Tomorrow (2010)
  • My Wings (2011)
  • You Are There (2014)
Year Title Notes
2011 Yellow Maple Leave Shanghai Art Humanities Channel “Time Song” Premiere
2012 Strong Children A sound of a guitar accompaniment solo
Do Not Be Afraid Movie: “Monster Wanted Order” theme song
Amazing Grace Shenzhen Satellite TV “Beware 00” Opening Remarks
An Angel Shenzhen TV “The Mysterious Baby Mid-Autumn Festival Concert with Rice” Premiere
Childhood Companion “Jade Qiaolin Story” OST
Travel The Wind “Jade Qiaolin Story” theme song
Ben Cover Song
Eyes on Me
Can You Feel The Love Tonight Movie: “The Lion King” Theme Song
2014 龙月情缘 (The Dragon’s Romance) Wunderkindz by “Zeke & The Kiddos” (The Musical Summit) in Buenos Aires City, Argentina

Albums and Singles With NCT

  • Chewing Gum (泡泡糖)
  • My First and Last (마지막 첫사랑 / 最後的初戀)
  • We Young
  • Trigger The Fever
  • Joy (SM Station 2)
  • Go (NCT 2018 Empathy Album)
  • Black On Black (NCT 2018 Empathy Album)
  • We Go Up
  • 사랑한단 뜻이야 (Candle Light) (SM Station 3)

Zhong ChenLe’s Filmography



Year Title Title in Mandarin Notes
2013 Soul Rhythm 靈魂的節奏 Pre-debut
2014 A Candy for Mother (A Short Film) 掌心的糖果 Pre-debut

Television Series

Year Title Title in Mandarin Notes
2013 The Queen of SOP 2 勝女的代價2 Pre-debut
Bund Police 外滩警事

Variety Shows

Year Title Title in Mandarin Notes
2010 China’s Got Talent 中国达人秀 Pre-debut
Sunday My Biggest 周日我最大 Performing the song “Tomorrow”
2011 Happy Blue Sky 快乐蓝天下 Performing the song “Memory”
We Have a Set 我们有一套 Performing the song “Memory” and “You Raise Me Up”
Day Day Up 天天向上 Performing the song “Memory”
2012 Red Star 红星闪闪
Talented Children’s Voice 天才童声
Innocence Hit the Earth 童心撞地球
Table Plan 同桌计划 Performing the song “Memory”
Sound One Team 天声一队 Performing “Memory”, “Tell Me Why” and other songs.
The Mysterious Baby Mid-Autumn Festival Concert with Rice 饭没了秀之魔力宝宝中秋演唱会 Performing the song “Tell Me Why”
Beware 00 小心00后 Performing the song “Amazing Grace”
2013 Flash World 闪天下 Performing the songs “My Songs”, “Tell Me Why” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
I Love My Motherland 我爱我的祖国 Performing the song “You Raise Me Up”
Super Voice 超级童声 Judge
China New Voice Generation 中国新声代 Performing “Amazing Grace” and “Snail”
2014 Wunderkindz by “Zeke & The Kiddos” 神童们 Performing the song “The Dragon’s Romance” (El romance del dragón – 龙月情缘)

Zhong ChenLe’s Award Achievements

Year Award Result
2009 Yueyue Elf Vs Season Trial “Elf Genie Award” Won
2010 National Outstanding Students Competition Won
2010 National Award for Young Talents in China Won