Liang Yusheng is the penname of Chen Wuntong. He was born
in Mengshan County, Guangxi Province. Growing up in a prominent family he was able to read
many classical writings and poems. He followed Professor Jian Youwun studying history in
1943, and later entered Lingnan University to study international economies. He worked for
the newspaper Sin Wan Bao in Hong Kong after his graduation, and settled there after 1949.
Not long ago he relocated in Sydney, Australia.
Liang Yusheng has loved reading knight-errant novels ever
since he was very young. As a multitalented writer interested in history and literature,
he wrote columns, critiques and essays under different names including Liang Hueru and
The year 1954 saw a public contest between the two Schools
of martial arts, Taiji and Baihe in Hong Kong. The city was excited and the newspaper, Sin
Wan Bao, encouraged him to write a knight-errant serial to entertain readers. So he began
his first novel Longhu Dou Jinghua, which was very successful; he kept writing and became
famous. From 1954 to 1984 he wrote thirty-six books. Liang is recognized as the most
influential writer of Hong Kong as the reputation Jin Yong has.
Usually Liang opens his novels with a poem. His
protagonists are versatile and interested in literature. Combining historical events with
fictional episodes is also Liang's style. He does not regard Shaolin and Wudang as the
leading schools of martial arts like other writers do, instead he worships the School of
The three of his novels he himself likes best are Pingzong
Siaying Lu, Nyudi Ciying Jhuan, Yunhai Yugong Yuan. Some of his books have been turned
into movies and TV serials such as Baifa Monyu Jhuan.