Encyclopedia: Liao Hua

Liao Hua (Yuanjian); Liao Hua (Yüan-chien); 廖化 (元儉)

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Liao Hua (Yuanjian) 廖化 (元儉)

Lived: AD c.185–264


Served: Yellow Scarves, Shu

Officer in service of Shu. Served through the full span of the Shu Kingdom.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Liao Hua (Yüan-chien)
Simplified Chinese: 廖化 (元俭)
Pronunciation: Liao4 Hua4 (Yuan2jian3)
Cantonese (Yale): Liu Fa (Yun-gim)
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Liu Faa (Jyun-gim)

Birthplace: Xiangyang

Name Notes: Also known as Liao Chun (廖淳).

Rank and Titles

Chief Secretary; Grand Administrator of Yidu; Advisor to the Prime Minister; Controller of the Guangwu Region; General of the Chariots; Cavalry of the Right; Inspector of Bing Province; Marquis of Zhongxiang

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • There is no historical mention of him being in the Yellow Scarves
  • Faked his own death to get back to Shu—he wasn’t sent as an envoy to Meng Da to request help

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 27, 63, 65, 73, 74, 76, 77, 79, 91, 97, 99, 100, 102, 103, 106, 109, 113118, 119



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May 13, 2014