Mulan Fortress on Mulan Mountain, 70 km northeast of Wuhan, Hubei, China. February, 2008
The Disney-popularized story of Mulan has some seeds in history.
The story of the female general, Mulan, was originally a folk song dating from the Northern Wei dynasty, 386 to 534 AD.
According to legend, the aged father of a young woman named Mulan was conscripted.
Mulan disguised herself as a man and joined the army in his place.
For the next ten years she showed remarkable skill as a warrior and became a female general.
Her true identity remained hidden from her comrades until the end.