Jing Ke Attempts to Assassinate the King of Qin-Ending
Dan prepared a sharp dagger, which had been boiled in poisonous liquid to immediately kill those stabbed with it. He gave this dagger to Jing Ke as the weapon to assassinate the King of Qin. He also designated 13-year-old Qin Wuyang as his assistant.
In 227 BC, Jing Ke set off toward Xianyang, the capital of Qin. Dan, clad in white robes and a white hat, saw him off by the Yishui River.
The King of Qin was overjoyed to learn that an envoy from Yan had brought both the head of Fan Yuqi and the map of Dukang. He decided to meet him in Xianyang Palace. During the meeting, the young Qin Wuyang became so nervous that his legs began to tremble.
"This is the first time this rustic has witnessed Your Majesty's imposing charisma," Jing Ke explained with a smile, "No wonder he is frightened. Please do not mind him." However, the king grew suspicious. "Let Qin Wuyang hand the map to you and come to me by yourself," he said to Jing.
Taking the map from Qin Wuyang, he approached close to the king and first presented him a wooden box. Opening the box, the king saw the head of Fan Yuqi. He then asked Jing to show him the map. Jing scrolled out the map slowly until the dagger that had been hidden in the map appeared. He then grabbed the dagger and stabbed at the king's chest.
At this critical moment, a doctor attending to the king threw his medicine chest at Jing Ke. While Jing fended off the medicine chest with his hand, the king took out his sword and hit him in the left leg. Jing staggered and fell to the ground. He then threw his dagger at the king but missed him. The king jabbed with his sword at the empty-handed Jing Ke several times, before his bodyguards rushed to his rescue and slew the assassin.