|Three Kingdoms 220-280|
The Three Kingdoms period may be the most well-known period in all of Chinese history across the chinese-speaking community. This is because of the book, The Romance of Three Kingdoms by Luo GuanZhong. This book was based on a chronicle, Sanguo Zhi, as well as many other sources such as folklores. The Romance of Three Kingdoms (Sanguo Yanyi) is one of the 4 most famous novels from ancient China. But even if there were no such book, this period would still be famous as the stories from this time have passed generations by generations and have survived centuries.
The Three Kingdoms period, although only lasted 60 years (right after the fall of East Han), is one of excitement and turbulence. It has been regarded by many as the greatest period of warfare in China, a sort of golden age of chivalric campaigning and epic bouts between fierce generals. The period was a chaotic time of turbulence and instability, when warlords and tyrants ruled with the might of their armies. Their stories and some of their noble qualities still touch us today.