Xu Fu

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Xú Fú ( (not to be confused with the character ); Japanese: ) was born in 255 BC in Qi, and served as a court sorcerer in Qin Dynasty China. He was sent by Qin Shi Huang to the eastern seas twice to look for the elixir of life. His two journeys occurred between 219 BC and 210 BC. It was believed that the fleet included 60 barques and around 5,000 crew members, 3,000 boys and girls Various records suggest that he may have arrived and died in Japan.

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The ruler of Qin, Qin Shi Huang feared death and sought a way to live forever. He entrusted Xu Fu with the task of finding the secret of immortality. In 219 BC, Xu Fu was sent with three thousand virgin boys and girls to retrieve the elixir of life from the immortals, including Anqi Sheng, who lived on Penglai Mountain in the eastern seas. Xu sailed for several years without finding the mountain. In 210 BC, when Qin Shi Huang...
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