Zhou Yu

175 - 210

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Zhou Yu (Chinese: 周瑜, ) (175–210), courtesy name Gongjin (Chinese: 公瑾), was a Chinese military general and strategist serving under the warlord Sun Ce in the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. After Sun Ce died in the year 200, he continued serving under Sun Quan, Sun Ce's younger brother and successor. Zhou Yu is primarily known for his leading role in defeating the numerically superior forces of the northern warlord Cao Cao at the Battle of Red Cliffs in late 208, and again at the Battle of Jiangling in 209. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhou Yu has received more than 702,257 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Zhou Yu is the 143rd most popular military personnel (up from 207th in 2019), the 89th most popular biography from China (up from 124th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Chinese Military Personnel.

Zhou Yu is most famous for being the general of the Sun family during the Three Kingdoms period. He was also a strategist and tactician.

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  • 26

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  • 6.30

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Over the past year Zhou Yu has had the most page views in the with 149,820 views, followed by Japanese (99,242), and English (90,153). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Korean (252.31%), Min Dong (248.53%), and Classical Chinese (85.02%)


Among military personnels, Zhou Yu ranks 143 out of 2,058Before him are Ferdinand Schörner, Robert Peary, August von Mackensen, Chester W. Nimitz, Ubba, and Hamilcar Barca. After him are Pyotr Bagration, José de San Martín, Draža Mihailović, Louis-Alexandre Berthier, Aleksandr Vasilevsky, and Ludwig Beck.

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Among people born in 175, Zhou Yu ranks 1After him are Sun Ce, Ammonius Saccas, Himiko, and Gan Ning. Among people deceased in 210, Zhou Yu ranks 2Before him is Sextus Empiricus.

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In China

Among people born in China, Zhou Yu ranks 89 out of 1,610Before him are Emperor Yingzong of Ming (1427), Daoguang Emperor (1782), 2nd Dalai Lama (1476), Emperor Wen of Sui (541), Toghon Temür (1320), and Hongxi Emperor (1378). After him are Qu Yuan (-343), Hua Tuo (200), Walter Houser Brattain (1902), An Lushan (702), Yang Guifei (719), and Qin Er Shi (-229).


Among military personnels born in China, Zhou Yu ranks 7Before him are Chiang Kai-shek (1887), Cao Cao (155), Guan Yu (162), Lü Bu (161), Zhang Fei (167), and Dong Zhuo (139). After him are Zhao Yun (168), Bai Qi (-250), Sun Jian (155), Yue Fei (1142), Sun Ce (175), and Han Xin (-231).