Lan Caihe

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Zhang Lu's painting of Lan Caihe (depicted here as a man sitting on a turtle), early 16th century
A woodcut print of Lan Caihe

Lan Caihe (Chinese: 藍采和; pinyin: Lán Cǎihé; Wade–Giles: Lan Ts'ai-ho) is a Chinese mythological figure and one of the Eight Immortals in the Taoist pantheon.


The person's age and sex are not clearly defined. The character is usually depicted as a boy or girl dressed in sexually ambiguous clothing and carrying a bamboo flower basket and/or a pair of bamboo castanets (an artifact of Cao Guojiu, also one of the immortals). Lan Caihe is said to have been in a drunken stupor when they left the human world by riding on a celestial swan or crane into Heaven. One legend says that they became an Immortal with the help of Sun Wukong, who transferred 500 years of magical powers to them.

Modern depictions[edit]

In the television show Jackie Chan Adventures, Lan Caihe was shown to be the Immortal who sealed away Dai Gui, The Earth Demon. and is portrayed as a man.

See also[edit]

Media related to Lan Caihe at Wikimedia Commons