The story of Wang Qinwen, a Daoist who consumed stones and pine nuts, and his journey from Mount Laoshan to his home and back to the mountains.
In the home of the esteemed Mr. Wang Qinwen in Xincheng, there was a coachman surnamed Wang. When he was young, he entered Mount Laoshan to study Daoism. As he continued his Daoist studies, he no longer ate cooked food but instead consumed pine nuts and white stones. His body became covered in hair. After several years, he felt homesick for his elderly mother and returned home. Gradually, he resumed eating cooked food but continued to consume stones as before. He would pick up a stone and look at it in the sunlight to determine if it was sweet or bitter, sour or salty. Eating them was like eating yams. After his mother’s passing, he returned to the deep mountains, and it has been seventeen or eighteen years since.