Encyclopedia: Yan Baihu

Yan Baihu [White Tiger Yan]; Yen Paihu; 嚴白虎

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Yan Baihu [White Tiger Yan] 嚴白虎

Lived: Unknown


Served: Yan Baihu

Fought with Sun Ce, but was defeated. Killed by Dong Xi.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Yen Paihu [White Tiger Yen]
Simplified Chinese: 严白虎
Pronunciation: Yan2 Bai2hu3  Pronunciation
Cantonese (Yale): Yim Baakfu
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Jim Baakfu
Min-Nan: Giam Pekhouw

Birthplace: Wu

Other Names: White Tiger of Yan, White Tiger Yan, White Tiger King, White Tiger

Name Notes:白虎’ translates to ‘White Tiger’, thus his alleged Chinese name of Yan Baihu actually reads ‘White Tiger of Yan’, as he appears in several English books. Yan Baihu was recorded in history by his nickname. His real name, if he actually had one, is unknown.

Family and Relationships

Yan Yu (Brother)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Yan Baihu was not killed by Dong Xi, he was still alive when Sun Ce was killed.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 15

Sanguozhi: Wu 1


Historic (Confirmed)

Known as White Tiger Yan, he was a local leader in the hills of Wu commandery, south of Qu’a. He formed a loose confederation that allied with Taschi Ci’s attempts to form a rival administration to Sun Ce’s. When Xu Gong was defeated by Sun Ce, he fled to Yan Baihu but only after Wang Lang surrendered did Sun Ce turn his attention to Yan Baihu.

Sun Ce defeated the confederation but Yan Baihu escaped to regroup his forces. Chen Yu worked secretly with Yan Baihu to destroy Sun Ce but the plan was defeated when Lü Fan attacked Chen Yu while Sun Ce led an expedition against Yan Baihu who escaped. Yan Baihu revolted again on Chen Deng’s encouragement, Sun Ce assassinated before he could launch a campaign against Yan Baihu.



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May 13, 2014