Xu Fu (Chinese: 徐福) was a court sorceror in Qin Dynasty China. The ruler of Qin, Qin Shihuang feared death and sought a way to live forever. He tasked Xu Fu with finding the secret to immortality. In 210 BC, Xu Fu was sent with three thousand virgin boys and girls to retrieve the elixir of life from immortals that lived on Penglai Mountain in the sea to the east. He never returned from this trip, and legend has it that he ended up in Japan or an island somewhere between Japan and Korea. The Qin Dynasty (Chinese: ç§¦æ; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Chin Chao) (221 BC - 206 BC) was preceded by the Zhou Dynasty and followed by the Han Dynasty in China. ... Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇) (November or December 260 BC - September 10, 210 BC), personal name Zheng, was king of the Chinese State of Qin from 247 BC to 221 BC, and then the first emperor of a unified China from 221 BC to 210 BC, ruling under the name First... Immortality (or eternal life) is the concept of existing for a potentially infinite, or indeterminate, length of time. ... The elixir of life, also known as the elixir of immortality and sometimes equated with the Philosophers stone, is a legendary potion, or drink, that grants the drinker eternal life or eternal youth. ... In China, the mystical Penglai Mountain (è¬èå±±) is often said to be the base for the Eight Immortals, or at least where they travel to have a banquet. ... Korea (Korean: (ì¡°ì or íêµ, see below) is a geographic area, civilization, and former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. ...
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