Born in Yantai , Zhongli Quan was once a general serving the Han Dynasty. According to legends, bright beams of light filled the labour room during his . After birth he did not stop crying until seven full days had passed.
In Daoism, he is known as "正陽祖師" , literally the True-Yang First-Master. He is also called "Master of the Cloud-Chamber" in accounts describing his encounter with Lü Dongbin before achieving immortality.
He has a rare two-character , Zhongli .
Usually depicted with his chest and belly bare and holding a fan.