2. Meanwhile, China Is Under Attack
The opening scene of the movie depicts the leader of the Huns leading his army over the Great Wall of China. The guards stationed on the wall light a sequence of fires to let the emperor and the armies throughout the empire know that China is under attack.
The Huns were a real people who lived across Europe and Asia at about the same time that the stories about Mulan began to appear in China – between the fourth and sixth centuries, CE. However, they probably didn’t go as far as China, so this part of the Disney story is likely fictional.