Li Yuan, Emperor Gaozu of Tang
Li Yuan, Emperor Gaozu of Tang (566-635), whose courtesy name was Shude, native of Chengji, Longxi and origin of Yaoshan, Xingzhou, was the founder of the Tang Dynasty. In the late period of the Sui Dynasty, Li Yuan rose up and occupied Chang’an. In May (lunar calendar), the second year of Emperor Yining, Li Yuan accepted the demise of Emperor Gongdi of Sui and established the Tang Dynasty with Chang’an as the capital. Afterwards, he gradually conquered the sects in all areas and reunified the whole country. He died of illness in the 9th year of Emperor Zhenguan, and was given the posthumous title "Emperor Taiwu" or Gaozu.