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"Chang'e Flies to the Moon" is a Daoist anecdote, first found in Guicang. Afterwards, this legend was quoted in many literary works, such as Huainanzi compiled by Liu An and Ling Xian by Zhang Heng. "Chang'e" is also named "Chang'e". She is said to be the wife of Yi. Yi got the elixir of life from the Queen Mother of the West ( 西王母 Xiwangmu ). Before he took it, his wife Chang'e took it secretly and flied to the moon. This story reflects people's wish for longevity in remote ages, and the ancients' infinite interest in the exploration of nature.