One legend has him born in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), but he has also been depicted as Lao Tzu’s apprentice, which would likely require sixth century BCE, or perhaps slightly later in the Warring States period (fifth or even fourth century BCE). Li Tieguai is often described as bad-tempered and irascible, but he is always benevolent to the poor, sick and needy. He dispenses special medicines from the gourd he carries with him. He is frequently seen as an ugly old man with a scraggly beard, messy hair held in place by an incongruous golden band and a dirty face. He walks with the aid of a magical iron crutch and his direction is south.