The Three Kingdoms has been a popular historical novel in China for centuries. It tells the story of the rise and fall of the Kingdoms of Wei, Shu and Wu during the waning years of the Han Dynasty. Characters portrayed in this novel have become folk heroes whose deeds are sung by generations of Chinese through such literary genres as drama and opera. Their personalities and actions have made their way into familiar idioms in everyday language. Read this book to learn more about various Chinese traditional values, many of which are still being observed by Chinese today. Traditional Chinese characters, zhuyin.