In ancient Chinese legend, there were eight immortals (Iron-Crutch Li, Han Chung-li, Chang Kuo-lao, Lan Tsai-ho, Ho-Hsien-Ku, Lu-Tung Pin, Han Hsiangtzu and Tsao Kuo Chiu). Each was a master of individual and unique abilities. They were once gathered and drinking in Penglai Pavilion and on the verge of drunkenness, Iron-Crutch Li suggested taking a trip to the sea. The other immortals agreed and upped the ante, saying they could not take a boat but had to cross the sea using their martial skills.
Han Chung-li went first, throwing his palm-leaf fan onto the sea, laying on top of it and floating away. Next, Ho-Hsien-Ku threw her lotus onto the water and stood on it, also floating away. Then, Lu-Tung Pin, Chang Kuo-lao, Tsao Kuo Chiu, Iron-Crutch Li, Han Hsiangtzu, and Lan Tsai-ho each threw their various personal treasures onto the water and one after another, using supernatural powers, crossed the depths of the sea.
乘兴:( chéng xìng) adj. while one is in high spirits 齐声:( qí shēng) adj. in chorus 附和:( fù hè) v. to repeat what others say 神通:( shéntōng) n.supernatural powers