Queen Mother of the West, the Taoist goddess who rules over the western paradise. Head of a pantheon of goddesses and female immortals, in her garden, she grows the peaches of immortality for feasts. She is described as having a leopard tail, tiger teeth, a spool-like headdress, sitting on K'un-lun mountain by a sacred tree preparing the elixir of immortality and being accompanied by the jade hare, the three-legged bird, the toad, the nine-tailed fox, and in some accounts, an armed guard.
The Chinese tree of life. In Chinese mythology, a carving of a Tree of Life depicts a phoenix and a dragon; the dragon often represents immortality. A Taoist story tells of a tree that produces a peach every three thousand years. The one who eats the fruit receives immortality.