Many famous warriors from China's long history can be found in the Three Kingdoms period from 220 to 280 A.D. Two of the most notable are Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.
Guan Yu and Zhang Fei were both generals that served under Liu Bei, who controlled one of the three kingdoms. These three men were pledged to each other as the result of a sacred oath they made in a peach orchard. Both Guan Yu and Zhang Fei were described as formidable men who defeated many powerful generals from the opposing armies. Guan Yu, with his long flowing beard, is one of the most recognizable figures in Chinese history, and he is still worshiped as a deity in parts of China today. He is said to embody the traits of loyalty, honesty and righteousness.