Eight Immortals is a group of elderly members of the Communist Party of China who held substantial de facto power at the time. In Chinese, however, they are called instead the Eight Great Eminent Officials (八大元老 in pinyin: ba1 lao2), abbreviated as the Eight Elders (八老 ba1 lao2). The majority of the Immortals have died.
The name originated in the 1990s and is an allusion to the Taoist deities by the same name.
Seven of them are set:
See also: People's Republic of China, Politics of the People's Republic of China