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Hosoda Eishi - Yang Gui Fei

Painting of Hosoda Eishi titled "The Chinese beauty Yang Guifei". Edo period, about AD 1800-20.

Litchi Princess is based off on the Yang Yuhuan (traditional Chinese: 楊玉環; simplified Chinese: 杨玉环; pinyin: Yáng Yùhuán; Wade–Giles : Yang2 Yü4-huan2) (26 June,[citation needed] 719 — 15 July 756), often known as Yang Guifei (Yang Kuei-fei; simplified Chinese: 杨贵妃; traditional Chinese: 楊貴妃; pinyin: Yáng Guìfēi; Wade–Giles: Yang2 Kuei4-fei1; literally "Imperial Consort Yang") (with Guifei being the highest rank for imperial consorts during her time), known briefly by the Taoist nun name Taizhen (太真). She was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. She was the beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang during his later years.

During the An Lushan Rebellion, as Emperor Xuanzong and his cortege were fleeing from the capital Chang'an to Chengdu, the emperor's guards demanded that he put Yang to death because they blamed the rebellion on her cousin Yang Guozhong and the rest of her family. The emperor capitulated and reluctantly ordered his attendant Gao Lishi to strangle Yang to death.