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First appearance
Created byJin Yong
In-universe information
  • Long'er ()
  • Aunt Long ()
AffiliationAncient Tomb Sect
  • White-silver gloves
  • Long sash of gold bells
  • Gold needles of jade bees
  • Jade bees
  • 'ShuNu' sword
SpouseYang Guo
ChildrenYellow Dress Maiden
  • Unnamed teacher (Lin Chaoying's apprentice)
  • Zhou Botong
Yang Guo

Zhou Botong

Skills and abilities
QinggongAncient Tomb Sect qinggong
  • Jade Maiden Heart Sutra
  • Nine Yin Manual skills
Unarmed combat skills
  • Fist of Beauties
  • Palm of Infinity Web
  • Technique of Ambidexterity
Armed combat skills
  • Jade Maiden Swordplay
  • Quanzhen swordplay
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaningLittle Dragon Maiden

Xiaolongnü is the fictional female protagonist of the wuxia novel The Return of the Condor Heroes by Jin Yong. In the novel, her physical appearances is described as follows: "skin as white as snow, beautiful and elegant beyond convention and cannot be underestimated, but appears cold and indifferent".[1] She trains the protagonist Yang Guo in martial arts, and they eventually fall in love.


In the novel, the guardians of Xiaolongnü (literally "Little Dragon Maiden") name her after the Chinese zodiac year in which she was born, the Year of the Dragon. Yang Guo, Granny Sun, and her martial arts master call her "Long'er", but otherwise, the novel gives her no other name.

Fictional character biography

Early life

An unknown figure abandons an infant Xiaolongnü outside Chongyang Palace (the Quanzhen Sect's headquarters). Her cries pierce the silence of the night and draw the attention of the Quanzhen priests. Before they decide what to do with the baby girl because the sect does not accept female members, a middle-aged woman called Granny Sun appears and takes Xiaolongnü away to the nearby Ancient Tomb.

An unnamed apprentice of Lin Chaoying, the founder of the Ancient Tomb Sect, raises Xiaolongnü. As a child, she learns all the sect's martial arts and masters all of them after many years. She starts learning the sect's highest order skill from the Jade Maiden Heart Sutra, but since her master's understanding of the skill is incomplete, her own understanding is even more limited.

The sect expels Xiaolongnü's senior, Li Mochou, for poor conduct. Xiaolongnü inherits the sect's leadership position at age 14 after her master dies. Only Granny Sun accompanies her. Meanwhile, Li Mochou spreads rumours in the jianghu that when Xiaolongnü turns 16, she will offer her hand in marriage to any man who can defeat her. The lucky man will also claim possession of the tomb, which is said to house great treasures and martial arts manuals. The Mongol prince Huodu believes the tale and travels to the Ancient Tomb, hoping to meet Xiaolongnü. He brings his henchmen with him, and they raid Chongyang Palace along the way. Coincidentally, Guo Jing arrives at Chongyang Palace with Yang Guo and drives away Huodu and his men.

As Yang Guo's teacher and lover

Xiaolongnü meets Yang Guo for the first time when he ventures into the Ancient Tomb while escaping from the bullies at Quanzhen Sect. She asks Granny Sun to send him back to Quanzhen and tell the priests not to mistreat him anymore. However, the Quanzhen priests insult Yang when they see him return. The furious Granny Sun fights them, but Hao Datong mortally wounds her. Xiaolongnü appears at the critical moment, defeats Hao Datong and saves Yang Guo. Before her death, Granny Sun makes Xiaolongnü promise to take care of Yang Guo. She wants both of them, orphans, to have each other as companions after her death. The Quanzhen priests oblige and allow Yang Guo to leave with Xiaolongnü.

Xiaolongnü accepts Yang Guo as her apprentice, and they live together in the Ancient Tomb for several years. During these years, Xiaolongnü imparts most of her martial arts and skills to Yang Guo. Yang Guo does not like to address her as "Master" (Sifu) and prefers to call her "Aunt" () instead. They fall in love, but the prevailing norms of the wulin (martial artists' community) makes their romance taboo, equivalent to incest. They encounter several tribulations after leaving the tomb and numerous tests of their love. Although they eventually marry in Chongyang Palace, they again separate, this time for sixteen years, until their reunion at the end of the novel.

Martial arts and skills

  • Jade Maiden Heart Sutra (?)
  • Jade Maiden Swordplay ()
  • Fist of Beauties (?)
  • Palm of Infinity Web ()
  • Qinggong of the Ancient Tomb Sect ()
  • Technique of Ambidexterity (?)
  • Nine Yin Manual (?) skills


  • White-silver gloves: a pair of gloves made from white-silver that sharp weapons cannot penetrate, and with which Xiaolongnü can grab and break weapons.
  • Long sash of gold bells: Xiaolongnü's weapon. She manipulates this long and flexible weapon for both long and short distance attacks. Two gold bells are tied at each end of the sash and hidden in the sleeves. Xiaolongnü flaps the sleeves to unsheathe them. The rhythmic and random ringing of the bells distracts while she uses the bells to attack the enemy's exposed acupuncture points and stun them.
  • Gold needles of jade bee: This dart throwing technique is one of the fundamental skills of the Ancient Tomb Sect. The poison of a rare breed of bee, the jade bee, is carefully coated onto needles made from heavy gold and steel. Xiaolongnü throws the needles like darts. The degree of poison is higher than Li Mochou's Soul Freezing Needles as the venom causes excruciating pain and eventual death after a long time. The only cure to the poison is the Jade Bee's honey, which has health benefits too.
  • Jade bees (): The jade bees are Xiaolongnü's only "living" weapon. This special breed of bees can make formations and attack enemies when instructed by playing a musical instrument, rhythmic whistles and honey. Xiaolongnü plays the guqin to instruct the bees, and she also carries with her a bottle of honey.

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In fiction and popular culture


  1. ^ Jin, Yong. " ? [Chapter 5]". ? [The Return of the Condor Heroes] (in Chinese). Archived from the original on September 19, 2010. ?,,?,?,.


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