Tenghuang (Chinese: 騰黃; also known by various names as Chenghuang, Feihuang, Guhuangm, and Cuihuang) is a mythological creature which is symbol of auspiciousness in Chinese mythology.[1] It is mentioned in the Shanhaijing.[2]

A drawing of Tenghuang from the Shanhaijing


There are two versions of what Tenghuang looked like. It is said to be a beast like a fox, with wings and horns like a dragon on its back. The life span of those who ride it can grow to two thousand years. Another claim states that it has the appearance of a horse.[1]

Folk sayingsEdit

There is an idiom in Chinese, "Flying the Yellow Tengda" (飛黃騰達) or "Riding on the Tenghuang". It is used to describe a person ascending and gaining a high position or reputation.[3]


  1. ^ a b Knechtges, David R.; Xiao, Tong (14 July 2014). Wen Xuan or Selections of Refined Literature, Volume I: Rhapsodies on Metropolises and Capitals. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-1-4008-5724-1.
  2. ^ "古代唯一的彩色《山海經圖》,你肯定沒見過 - 雪花新闻". Xuehua (in Chinese). 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ "你看到的《山海經》怪獸都是贗品". iFuun (in Chinese). 19 March 2018.