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Xiang Yu(232BC-202BC), an important rebellion leader against Qin Dynasty, called himself Xichu Bawang(literally means The Unbeatable King of West Chu State) after his victory to overturn Qin Dynasty. Xiang Yu was the grandson of Xiang Yan, a famous marshal of Chu Kingdom and the famous militarist. Xiang Yu in Chinese history objectively was an outstanding militarist and warrior. Xiang Yu begun to rise and rebel against oppression of Qin Dynasty when Dazexiang Peasant Insurgency led by Chen Sheng and Wu Guang happened. He first led his troops into Guanzhong(today it roughly is located in Shanxi Province) and overturned the failed reign of Qin Dynasty. He, since then, was widely known, and appointed 18 local kingdoms but the general management was mastered still by Xiang Yu. At the time, he seemed to be an Emperor but not yet. Historically, Xiang Yu was a unique and classic man that influenced many aspects of China's late development. In literature, students unavoidably learn his famous poetic song, Dafengge or Gale Song, which greatly expressed his despair and helplessness when he with his beloved Concubine Yu surrounded closely by troops of Liu Bang in Gaixia. In opera, mostly in Peking Opera, audiences also see such a classical scene that Xiang Yu loudly reciting his Gale Song to say farewell to his beloved.
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