These tales rely even more heavily on acceptance of strange powerful beings and unearthly lands than those of Japan. There is a richness in these tales that is unequaled in these of the other collections; the landscape of China and the Chinese people are three dimensional, in spite of the folk tale form. The well known Eight Immortals of China are here in one tale. But, one of the most unusual and enjoyable stories is of an artist who is given the power to give life to whatever he paints. These tales constitute a sound introduction to the Oriental mood which is a necessity for the appreciation of Chinese literature.