"But I don't want to live for ever," objected Wang Chih; "I wish to go back and live in the days when my wife and children were here." "Ah, well! For that you must mix the elixir of life with some water out of the Sky-Dragon's mouth." "And where is the Sky-Dragon to be found?" inquired Wang Chih. "In the sky, of course. You really ask very stupid questions. He lives in a cloud-cave.

While he was far away the cloud-cave looked like a dark hole in the midst of a soft, white, woolly mass, such as one sees in the sky on an April day; but as he came nearer he found the cloud was as hard as a rock, and covered with a kind of dry, white grass. When he got there, he sat down on a tuft of grass near the cave, and considered what he should do next.

Wang Chih sat on the White Crane's back, and was taken up, and up, and up through the sky to the cloud-cave where the Sky-Dragon lived. And the Dragon had the head of a camel, the horns of a deer, the eyes of a rabbit, the ears of a cow, and the claws of a hawk. Besides this, he had whiskers and a beard, and in his beard was a bright pearl.

While he was far away, the cloud-cave looked like a dark hole in the midst of a soft, white, woolly mass, such as one sees in the sky on an April day; but as he came nearer he found the cloud was as hard as a rock, and covered with a kind of dry, white grass. When he got there, he sat down on a tuft of grass near the cave, and considered what he should do next.

So they gave him a little bottle; and before he had time to say "Thank you!" a white crane came sailing past, and lighted on the ground close to the cave. "The crane will take you wherever you like," said the old men. "Go now, and leave us in peace." So Wang Chih sat on the white crane's back, and was taken up, and up, and up through the sky to the cloud-cave where the sky-dragon lived.

"But I don't want to live forever," objected Wang Chih. "I wish to go back and live in the days when my wife and children were here." "Ah, well! For that you must mix the elixir of life with some water out of the sky-dragon's mouth." "And where is the sky-dragon to be found?" inquired Wang Chih. "In the sky, of course. You really ask very stupid questions. He lives in a cloud-cave.