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Yáng Chūn (陳達) is a fictional character in the
Margin, one of the Four Great Classical Novels
literature. He ranks 73rd of the 108 Liangshan heroes and 37th
of the 72 Earthly Fiends. He is nicknamed "White Flower Serpent"
Yang Chun is from Jieliang (解良), Puzhou (蒲州; present-day Yongji). The
Water Margin describes Yang Chun as a man with a lean
build and long skinny arms. Despite his appearance, Yang possesses
great strength and excels in martial arts. He wields a long saber in combat. He is
nicknamed "White Flower Serpent".
Yang Chun becomes one of the leaders of a bandit group on Mount
Shaohua (少華山) together with Zhu
Wu and Chen Da. The local government is
afraid of them. Once, the stronghold lacks provisions and the
bandits decide to raid and loot the nearby Huayin County for
supplies. They have to pass by Shi Jin's village along the way. Zhu Wu has
reservations about the attack as Shi Jin has a reputation for being
a powerful martial artist and he may stand in their way. Chen Da
ignores Zhu Wu's warnings and leads his men to attack Shi Jin's
village. He is defeated by Shi Jin and captured.
Zhu Wu and Yang Chun travel to Shi Jin's village and plead with
him to release Chen. Shi Jin is moved by their strong sense of
brotherhood and he releases Chen. The three bandit leaders become
fast friends with Shi Jin and they visit and send gifts to each
other often. The hunter Li Ji
discovers Shi Jin's relationship with the outlaws and he reports to
the county magistrate for a reward. The magistrate sends soldiers
to surround the village and arrest the four men. Shi Jin burns down
his village and joins the three heroes in fighting their way back
to Mount Shaohua where they are safe.
Later, Lu Zhishen
goes to invite the four heroes to join the outlaw band at Liangshan Marsh. He learns that Shi Jin has
been captured by Prefect
He and attempts to rescue Shi but fails and he is captured as
well. Zhu Wu notifies the Liangshan outlaws who come to the rescue.
After the victory, Zhu Wu, Chen Da and Yang Chun follow the heroes
back to Liangshan and join the band there.
Yang Chun becomes one of the leaders of the Liangshan calvary
after the Grand Assembly. He follows the heroes on their campaigns
against the Liao
invaders and southern rebel forces after they have been granted amnesty by the Imperial Court.
During the Fang La campaign,
Yang Chun is assigned to attack the enemy territory of Yuling Pass
(昱岭關) with Shi Jin and another four heroes. Shi Jin is killed by
the enemy general Pang Wanchun and the rest of them are
killed by dozens of arrows fired at them.