Encyclopedia: Zhang Liao

Zhang Liao (Wenyuan); Chang Liao (Wên-yüan); 張遼 (文遠)

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Zhang Liao (Wenyuan) 張遼 (文遠)

Lived: AD 165–222


Served: Lü Bu, Wei

Served in Wei after Cao Cao defeated Lü Bu. Close friend of Guan Yu.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Chang Liao (Wên-yüan)
Simplified Chinese: 张辽 (文远)
Pronunciation: Zhang1 Liao2 (Wen2yuan3Pronunciation
Cantonese (Yale): Jeung Liu (Man-yun)
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Zoeng Liu (Man-jyun)
Min-Nan: Thio Liauw (Bun-wan)

Birthplace: Mayi County, Yanmen Commandery
(Presently Su County in Shanxi Province)

Rank and Titles

Commander of the Moving Riders (Qianqi Duwei); General of the Gentleman of the Household; Marquis (Guan Nie Hou); Assistant Moving General; Zhong Jian Jiang Jun; General Who Vanquishes Bandits; Marquis of a Chief Commune; General Who Conquers the East; General of the Van; Marquis of Jinyang

Groups and Associations

Five Generals of Wei ƒ

Family and Relationships

Zhang Fan (Brother); Zhang Hu (Son)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Died of illness, not a shot to the groin.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 11, 12, 1621, 2328, 3033, 40, 42, 46, 4850, 53, 58, 67, 68, 85, 86, 98

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Xu Huang vs Zhang Liao
Date: 06/12     Replies: 20
Zhang He Equal of Zhang Liao and Xu Haung?
Date: 07/09     Replies: 22
Zhang Liao: Great Guy, Brave, Charismatic… but Smart?
Date: 04/04     Replies: 64
Zhang Liao, Gan Ning, and Zhu Ran.
Date: 03/04     Replies: 93
Zhang Liao’s Reputation
Date: 01/04     Replies: 88
Guan Yu, Zhang Liao and Xu Huang
Date: 10/03     Replies: 20


Zhang Liao SGYY Bio
Date: 08/04     Replies: 6

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February 17, 2023