Zhuang Zi (莊子), actual name known as Zhuang Zhou (莊周) or Zhuang Zi Xiu (莊子休), born in BC369 (生于公元前369年), during the Warring State (7 Kingdoms 正值戰國時代). Hometown in China An Hui Province Meng County (祖籍為中國安徽省蒙城县).
Since young, with the Strong Influences on the Study of Taoism (from Lao Zi's Classic and other Taoist Articles), Zhuang Zi started to do his Cultivation at a very young age. By then, he was Well-equipped with the Knowledge of Nature, Pureness and the Balancing of Yin & Yang Element.
And with the Understand of the Nature-flow, Zhuang Zi always impart the Teaching of Not doing Un-necessary hurting or harming to any form of Living Beings that stayed around Oneself. Due to this Imparting, Zhuang Zi gained quite a Great Support from the Commoners and also, the Followers of him.
At his Period, there's another Person who claimed that he was a Sage, this Person was known as Kong Zi aka Confucius (孔夫子). But since young, Zhuang Zi had been doing study on Kong Zi's Review, from there, Zhuang Zi discovered alot of Wrong Information & Teaching were being Imparted to the Students & the Commoners, so whenever Zhuang Zi came across the Teaching of Kong Zi, he would tend to explain to the People that the Serious & Negative results of that and Zhuang Zi would then tried his best to cover the "Negative Loops" of Kong Zi with the Upright Taoist Teaching. And this was the reason that in Chinese History, the Historians will tend to mark Zhuang Zi as the Enemy of Kong Zi and Kong Zi as the Correcting-target of Zhuang Zi.
Due to Zhuang Zi was born in a Poor Family, since young, he couldnt get much Good Opportunities of what the Rich kids had (eg: Good Books, Good Information from afar), but all these didnt put him down, cos he knew that, by stay Optimistic and an Open-minded, oneself will be able to gain whatever are Necessary & Good when the Time was Ripe. With this type of Optimistic Attitude & Open-mind, Zhuang Zi was able to learn more other stuffs than those who were being blinded by Fame & Reputation-gaining.
After Zhuang Zi reached a Mature-age, he started to travel around to see, learn and discover more New Stuffs & Knowledge, in-order for him to gain more Wisdom & Positive Assistances for his Taoist Cultivation. And with his Positive Attitude, Zhuang Zi succeeded in that.
At his Late-years of his Physical Life in this Mortal Realm, Zhuang Zi compiled ALL his Teachings, Findings & Theory into a Classic known as Nan Hua Jing (南華經). From then, this Classic was being Honoured as 1 of the 3 Taoist Classics that ALL Taoists must Read & Understands. (The 3 Classics are, Dao De Jing 道德經, Wen Shi Jing 文始經 & Nan Hua Jing 南華經).
In Nan Hua Jing, sometime oneself will tend to see very Weird Descriptions made by Zhuang Zi, such as Gourd, Rats, Poo, the Negative Teaching of Kong Zi, etc. Even thought such Descriptions looks Ridiculous, but if oneself will to understand what Zhuang Zi wanted to imply, they do have Positive In-depth Meaning behind them.
At the age of 83, Zhuang Zi gained his Immortal-hood.
With his Knowledge, Optimistic Attitdue, Open-mind & Carefree Emotion, Zhuang Zi was being Honoured & Respected Highly in Taoism. In Taoism, we addressed him as Nan Hua Zhen Ren - The Taoist Immortal Nan Hua (南華真人).