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Li Hu 李虎

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Served: Miscellaneous, Wei

Zong chieftain who submitted to Cao Cao. Moved North when Liu Bei took Hanzhong.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Li Hu
Simplified Chinese: 李虎
Pronunciation: Li3 Hu2
Cantonese (Yale): Lei Fu
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Lei Fu
Min-Nan: Li Houw

Birthplace: Ba

Other Names: Li Hei

Li Hu


Historic (Confirmed)

A chief of the Zong tribe. His people followed the cult teachings of Zhang Lu. Li Hu led his people to settle at Yangche slope. Here they acted as brigands and highwaymen, robbing people within the vicinity. When Cao Cao defeated Zhang Lu and took Hanzhong, Li Hu surrendered to him. Later, Liu Bei seized Hanzhong from Cao Cao, whereupon Li Hu’s following and several other tribes of Yizhou moved to the North. (De Crespigny 416)

Li Hu was the grandfather of Li Te. Li Te was later to evacuate the North and flee South with several refugees. Te eventually founded the Cheng dynasty in the same approximate territory as Shu-Han, with his capital at the old Shu-Han capital of Chengdu. While observing the strong natural defenses in the region of Shu, Li Te supposedly exclaimed, “Liu Shan had a place like this, yet he was bound by submission by another [Deng Ai]. Surely he must have been a man of merely common talent.”


De Crespigny, Rafe. A Biographical Dictionary of Later-Han to the Three Kingdoms (AD 23–220. Leiden: Brill, 2007. Print.

Kleeman, Terry. Great Perfection. University of Hawaii Press. 1998.



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April 10, 2023