Monkey Makes Three Attempts to Borrow the Plantain Fan The Tang Priest and his three disciples，Monkey(Wukong) ，Pig and Friar Sand，were heading towards the Western Heaven. Gradually they began to feel hotter and hotter in the warm air. It was very strange， because it was autumn. Later they learnt that the Fiery Mountains were just ahead of them. The mountains had a circumference of 800 li， on which not a blade of grass could grow. A young man selling cakes told them that it was not possible to cross the mountains without a special plantain fan which could only be borrowed from Princess Iron Fan. After having made arrangements for his master， Monkey left for the Plantain Cave to see Princess Iron Fan. The princess was the wife of the Bull Demon King and the Red Boy's mother. Some time ago， Red Boy had tried to eat the Tang Priest and Monkey had subdued him. Hence Princess Iron Fan hated Monkey and refused to lend the fan to him. Instead she blew Monkey right out of sight with a single wave of her plantain fan. Bodhisattva Lingji heard about this and gave Monkey a Wind-Fixing Pill. Monkey came to borrow the magic fan for the second time. With the Wind-Fixing Pill in his mouth， Monkey could not be moved no matter how hard the princess waved the fan. The princess hurried back to the cave and had the doors closed tightly. However， Monkey turned himself into an insect and got into the princess' belly when she was drinking tea. The princess could not stand the pain， so that she agreed to lend the fan to Monkey， but she actually gave him a false one. The third time Monkey came for the fan he decided to turn himself into the Bull Demon King. He got the fan. Upon hearing of this trickery， the Bull Demon King came hurriedly chasing after Monkey. They engaged in a fierce struggle. Soon Pig and Friar Sand came to Monkey's help and forced the Bull Demon King to show his true colors. With the plantain fan， Monkey put out the fire. The master and his three disciples continued their journey to the West to fetch scriptures.
The Tang Priest (San zang) and his three disciples were on their way to the Western Heaven to obtain Buddhist sCRIptures. One day they were traveling in a high mountain. When Monkey (Wukong) saw it was cloudy and misting in the valley, he knew this mountain was bound to harbor fiends. He drew a magic circle with his cudgel on the ground to protect his master. He told Pig and Friar Sand to protect the Tang Priest and for the three of them not to leave the circle. He then went to have a look at the mountain and pick some fruit to bring back to eat.
This mountain did indeed have a corpse fiend called Lady White Bone, who had been here for a thousand years. It had heard that anyone who ate a piece of the Tand Priest’s flesh will live forever, so it tried three times to capture him. The first time it changed itself into a young, beautiful girl holding a basket of food. With her charming smile, she almost succeeded in talking the master and his two disciples into coming out of the circle. Just at the last moment, Monkey came. Monkey came. Realizing that she was an evil spirit, he raised his cudgel and hit her. The fiend changed into a gust of smoke and fled. The second time the fiend turned itself into an old woman, who walked towards them leaning on a stick with a crooked handle. Monkey recognized it and struck it again. Like the first time, the fiend fled.
The third time it turned itself into an old man, sitting before a hut waiting for the Tang Priest to come. Monkey saw through the fiend’s disguise, raised his cudgel and struck it down. The fiend this time left a piece of cloth from the cloud, saying: “ If you’re as kind as a Buddha, how can you kill? Keep Wukong with you and no sCRIptures will you get.” Sanzang believed the writing. He blamed Wukong for killing three people one after another, and forced him to leave. Without Monkey, Lady White Bone captured the Tang Priest easily and invited its mother to eat Sanzang’s flesh together with it. But, Wukong came just in time to save him. He killed the old fiend on the way to its daughters’, impersonated it, then got into the cave and saved the Tang Priest.
Red Boy， the Bull Demon King and Princess Iron Fans son， had cultivated his physical and mental capacities and pollessed magic abilities. With powerful magics he always had the idea of eating the meat of Sanzang， the Tang Priest (whose meat could make creatures live longer) to lengthen his life. One day while he was watching in the sky， he saw Sanzang and his disciples coming from afar. He knew that the disciples had excellent fighting skills， so he planned to capture Sanzang by making use of the priest's kindness and muddled mind， rather than use force. At a spot just ahead of where Sanzang and his group were， Red Boy turned himself into a boy of seven and hung himself on the top of a tree with his hands and feet tied with a rope and cried for help. The Tang Priest heard the boy's cries and asked Monkey to release him. Monkey， seeing that the boy was actually a demon in disguise， told his master not to bother. Sanzang got angry， and he asked Pig to bring the boy down from the tree; he ordered Monkey to carry he boy on his back. As they started to go ， Red Boy jumped into mid-air， leaving behind a false Red Boy for Monkey to carry. To kidnap Sanzang， Red Boy hurled a whirl of wind at him. Sanzang disappeared. Monkey knew this was done by the demon and he asked Pig and Friar Sandto look after the luggage and he hurried to the Huofang Cave in the Withered Pine Valley to look for his master. A fierce battle ensued between Monkey and Red Boy. Knowing it is impossible to defeat Monkey， Red Boy Spurted three types of flames which were so powerful even the Dragon King could not put out. Monkey， knowing he could not win， jumped out of the sea of fire and went to the South Sea to ask the Goddess Guanyin for help. The goddess vanquished Red Boy and brought him to the South Sea. Monkey saved Sanzang and Sanzang and his disciples continued their journey to the West in search of Buddhist scriptures.