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"Eight immortals Crossing the Sea"

Penglai, Shandong, China

Nov. 11, 2005, 13:20

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Having long been known as a fairyland, Penglai is one of the three supernatural mountains inhabited by immortals. The other two are Yingzhou and Fangzhang, which have frequently been visited for wonder herbs by emperors since the Qin and Han dynasties.

The famous legend of "Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea" finds its origin here. It is said that the eight immortals (Lu Dongbin, Tie Guaili, Zhang Guolao, Han Zhongli, Cao Guojiu, He Xiangu, Lan Caihe, Han Xiangzi) got drunk at Penglai Pavilion and crossed the sea by different tricks of their own without ships or boats. Their performance hovering over the waves against wind left a popular saying that "like the Eight Immortals crossing the sea, each one showing his or her special feats; each tries to outwit the other."
Nikon D100, Sigma 8mm, High-Pole

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