The Legend of Hua Mulan: As the daughter of a frail and elderly man, Hua Mulan bravely takes her father's place in the Chinese army after Turks invade their homeland. Disguising her gender, Mulan fights bravely alongside her fellow soldiers for 12 years before finally returning home. And though her superiors seek to honor her with treasure and position, she insists on returning to her humble life with her family.
This enduring folktale remains amongst China's most popular. As a tale of great filial love and devotion, Mulan's story has been understood as an example of courage, duty and, more recently, the value of gender equality. Over time, Mulan has gained worldwide fame. Her prominence was especially furthered with the 1998 Disney film, Mulan, which is one of several stage, film and television adaptations of Mulan's amazing story.
The longstanding Temple of Hua Mulan was first built in the Tang Dynasty. During subsequent Dynasties, the Temple was rebuilt and enlarged, eventually covering an area of 10,000 square meters and containing with over 100 rooms. The Temple's Main Hall features an impressive statue of the great heroine along with paintings depicting her story. Meanwhile, two steles featured in the Temple record the entire story of Mulan. In honor of the great warrior maiden, the Chinese Mulan Cultural Festival is held once every two years. Thousands of Mulan's admirers, both foreign and domestic, come to celebrate her at this Festival.