Liu Bei Biography
(Founder of the Chinese Shu Han Dynasty)
Born In: Zhuozhou, Baoding, China
Liu Bei, also known as Xuande, was a Chinese warrior who founded the Shu-Han dynasty, one of the ‘Three Kingdoms’ that formed China at the end of the Han dynasty. Although it seems he was of noble descent, he was raised amidst poverty. He proved his worth in a battle during the ‘Yellow Turban Rebellion’ and became one of the main Han generals and a strong rival to another great general, Cao Cao. Although he suffered many defeats, he managed to form his own realm in central China, around Sichuan. He was later memorialized as a character in the 14th-century historical novel ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms.’ The dynasty he founded did not expand much, but he was said to be a kind and compassionate ruler who surrounded himself with good advisers and a great politician with Confucian tendencies.