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  Taoist Immortal flying on crane

 

Vietnam

This mural in the Cantonese Assembly Hall in Hoi An (fig.) shows a Xian, i.e. a Taoist Immortal, flying on a crane (fig.), a bird normally associated with Han Hsiang Tzu (fig.). The Immortal is holding a peach, a symbol of longevity (fig.) and some Peony (fig.), the national flower of China, and while the conifers also represent longevity, the bats are symbols for good luck.