Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain
Last update: Sunday 30 July 2006
aka: Xue Shan Fei Hu [雪山飞狐], Syut Saan Fei Wu [雪山飛狐], Tuyết Sơn Phi Hồ, Tuyet Son Phi Ho, Rase Terbang Dari Pergunungan Salju.
Translated by Huang Yushi.
A Reader's Comment:
- I am a voracious reader and enjoy well-written literature. I bought Olivia Mok's translation recently and compared it against yours just out of curiosity. Your translation is certainly superior. I was able to understand and really enjoy the story far better in your translation. I liked the way you have retained the Chinese names and units too. - Htet Htet Aung, USA.
Thank you for all the support that you, readers worldwide, have shown for my fan translation of Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain. This novel was first translated into English by Olivia Mok, with its second print published in 1996 (ISBN: 9622017339). If you would like to support on this project through feedback, comments, etc, please drop me note at the email address listed or this Message Board.
4 February 2006
Three feuding groups of people in a race to obtain a highly-valued object in the frigid snow-covered mountains in North-East China find themselves intercepted by a strange foul-mouthed monk, who invite them to a manor at the top of a vertical peak. There, snowed in by an unexpected blizzard, a tale of deception and intrigue starts to emerge as the feuding parties point fingers at one another. At the heart of everything, is an enigmatic figure known as the "Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain", whose appearance is awaited with baited breath.
Who is the Flying Fox? Why is he bent on settling his score with the owner of the manor, regardless of the blizzard and the unexpected guests? How is the foul-mouthed monk related to all the other people in the story? Who will eventually walk away with the object of his desire?
Find out in the "Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain"...
This translation comes from the 2nd Edition of the original Chinese text by Jin Yong, with notes on the specific changes made in the 3rd Edition.
Another Reader's Comment
- "I just finished reading the Chinese version, and it was really quite an experience." - mgmei, wuxiamania.phorumz.com.
People, Places, Organisations, Martial Arts, Weapons, Objects ... and other details about "Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain". Entries are added in alphabetical order (unless indicated otherwise) as the story progresses.
The horses that the four rode on were good and fleet-footed breeds from the North-East. After galloping seven or eight li (3.5 or 4.0 km) in one breath, the five riders ahead of them were no longer far away. Cao Yunqi called out in a raised voice: "Hey, friends, stop!"
The two children carried a long sword each on their backs. They had facial features that were as pretty as a picture, and carried themselves with elegance and poise. Furthermore, they looked exactly alike, without a single way to tell one from the other. Tian Qingwen smiled at the twins and said, "Have some fruit!"
Coming out of the inner hall, Miao Ruolan said, "Great Master, does that Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain want to have all of us bottled up here until we die?"
"Indeed," answered Bao Shu with a long face. "We are all on the same boat now, so we must think of a way to leave the peak."
Mrs Hu gazed at the Gold-Faced Buddha for a few moments. Then, with a sigh, she turned to Hu Yidao and said, " Da-ge, among the outstanding men of today, there is no one who is your match, except for Great Hero Miao here. He has complete confidence in you, a noble spirit that is shared by no one else under the sun besides you and him."
There was a river with fast-flowing waters by the back door of the inn. The blood on the bank of the river was a clear indication that the child had been killed by a single slash of the sabre. Then, the body had been thrown into the water, and swept downstream at once. My father was both shocked and angry. He summoned everyone up and questioned them in detail, yet he was unable to find out who the murderer was.
When Miao Ruolan heard him reply with lyrics from the song "The Ways of Goodness" (Shan4 Zai1 Xing2), delight filled her heart. She thought: This man is accomplished in both the literary and pugilistic arts. My father will certainly be pleased that Uncle Hu has such a descendant.
I ran into her at the pavilion in the flower garden in the rear of the compound, her eyes red from crying. I apologised to her at once, without bothering what was actually going on: "Qing-mei, it was all my fault. Please do not be angry!"
Cao Yunqi bent down and picked up the object on the ground. It was a small writing brush made of gold, with the character 'An' (meaning "peace") inscribed on its shaft. It was exactly the same as the one that Tian Qingwen had in her hand before she ascended the peak. Hence, a great cloud of suspicion rose in Cao Yunqi.
As Hu Fei fought off several highly-skilled opponents, Miao Renfeng removed the shackles around his wrists and ankles. Apparently, he had unblocked his own acupoints. An instant later, he struck down a number of those who came up against him.
Miao Renfeng turned around, and saw his daughter standing in a timid and self-conscious manner on the snow-covered ground. When he noticed that she had a man's robe draped on her shoulders, he thought: The man before my eyes saved my life, but he has also gone on to stain my daughter's chastity...
Jin Yong published the third edition of Flying Fox of the Snowy Mountain in 2004. Here are the changes.