Yang Zhi (Water Margin)

Yang Zhi (Water Margin)

Yang Zhi (Water Margin)

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Yang Zhi is a fictional character in the Water Margin, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. He ranks 17th of the 36 Heavenly Spirits of the 108 Liangshan heroes and is nicknamed "Blue Faced Beast".


The Water Margin describes Yang Zhi as about seven chi tall, with red whiskers on the sides of his face, and a blue birthmark on his face, which earns him the nickname of "Blue Faced Beast". Yang Zhi is highly-skilled in martial arts and uses either a saber or a spear in battle. He is also an excellent archer as well. Yang Zhi is a descendant of the famous Song Dynasty general Yang Ye. He works as a low-ranking military officer in the office of Grand Marshal Gao Qiu in Dongjing (present-day Kaifeng).

Once, he is tasked with escorting a convoy of rare minerals and plants obtained from the common people, known as a huashigang (花石綱) tribute, for the emperor, but loses the goods by accident while crossing the Yellow River during a storm. He is afraid of returning to report to his superior after failing his mission. Yang Zhi manages to scrape some money in order to compensate for the lost goods and travels back to Dongjing, but overhears news that the emperor is going to grant amnesty to certain people who have violated the law, to mark his ascension to the throne. On the way back to the capital, he passes by Liangshan Marsh and encounters Lin Chong. Lin Chong wants to kill him and take his head to prove his loyalty to...
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