Guan Yu

162 - 220

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Guan Yu ([kwán ỳ] ; d. January or February 220), courtesy name Yunchang, was a Chinese military general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. Along with Zhang Fei, he shared a brotherly relationship with Liu Bei and accompanied him on most of his early exploits. Guan Yu played a significant role in the events leading up to the end of the Han dynasty and the establishment of Liu Bei's state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guan Yu has received more than 3,126,200 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Guan Yu is the 29th most popular military personnel (up from 36th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from China (up from 26th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chinese Military Personnel.

Guan Yu is most famous for his bravery and loyalty to his country. He was a general in the army of the Han Dynasty. He was captured by the enemy and executed by being beheaded.

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Over the past year Guan Yu has had the most page views in the with 340,588 views, followed by Chinese (319,790), and Japanese (155,216). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Korean (180.15%), Simple English (179.34%), and Urdu (120.88%)


Among military personnels, Guan Yu ranks 29 out of 2,058Before him are Friedrich Paulus, Arminius, Heinz Guderian, Cesare Borgia, Jan Žižka, and Wilhelm Keitel. After him are Vercingetorix, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Eugène de Beauharnais, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Belisarius, and Alfred Dreyfus.

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Among people born in 162, Guan Yu ranks 1After him is Marcus Annius Verus Caesar. Among people deceased in 220, Guan Yu ranks 2Before him is Cao Cao. After him are Tertullian, Xiahou Dun, Huang Zhong, Lü Meng, and Julius Paulus Prudentissimus.

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Among people born in China, Guan Yu ranks 23 out of 1,610Before him are Chiang Kai-shek (1887), Wu Zetian (624), Cao Cao (155), Hu Jintao (1942), Xuanzang (602), and Qianlong Emperor (1711). After him are Liu Bei (161), Ip Man (1893), Kangxi Emperor (1654), Zhuge Liang (181), Mencius (-372), and Cai Lun (48).


Among military personnels born in China, Guan Yu ranks 3Before him are Chiang Kai-shek (1887), and Cao Cao (155). After him are Lü Bu (161), Zhang Fei (167), Dong Zhuo (139), Zhou Yu (175), Zhao Yun (168), Bai Qi (-250), Sun Jian (155), Yue Fei (1142), and Sun Ce (175).