Zhao Yun 趙雲 was a general of Liu Bei and played a great part in the establishment of Shu-Han. Zhao Yun's early life is only vaguely described in historical sources so it is hard to give a complete biography of him.


Zhao Yun, Zilong hailed from Zhending of Changshan. Zhao Yun was originally under Gongsun Zan and when Gongsun Zan ordered Liu Bei to assist Tian Kai to fend off Yuan Shao, Zhao Yun followed along as Liu Bei’s main cavalry forces. During the time when Liu Bei was pursued by Cao Cao’s forces at Dangyang Changban, Liu Bei abandoned his wife and child to flee south. Zhao Yun carried the young child, who was Liu Shan and also protected Lady Gan, the mother of Liu Shan, hence all of them were able to escape the dangers. Zhao Yun was later appointed as YaMen JiangJun (General of the Standard). While Liu Bei entered the Shu region, Zhao Yun remained in Jingzhou.[2]


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  1. de Crespigny. A Biographical Dictionary of Later Han to the Three Kingdoms, biography of Zhao Yun.
  2. Kongming's Archives, Zhao Yun (Zilong)