General Shan
Sherlock (2010)
General Shan
Vital statistics
Sex Female
Died 2010
Nationality Chinese
Affiliation Black Lotus Tong
Occupation General
Behind the scenes
Appearances "The Blind Banker"
Portrayed by Sarah Lam

General Shan was the leader of the Black Lotus Tong.

She kidnapped and attempted to kill Sarah Sawyer and Dr John Watson. She was in league with Moriarty, who granted the Black Lotus passage into Great Britain. Shan also operated the Black Lotus under the guise of an ancient Chinese circus. Believing Sherlock Holmes to have found the pin, she kidnapped John Watson by mistake, due to misunderstanding him yelling sarcastic remarks to Sherlock Holmes, and finding Sherlock's check, tickets, and card in his pockets. She threatened to kill John's date, Sarah, unless he told her where the pin was. Shan was later killed after failing to retrieve the £9 million jade lotus hairpin, in order to prevent her attracting attention to Moriarty's actions.


Shan was a highly intelligent but psychopathic individual. She was shown to be sadistic, cruel, and somewhat cowardly individual who showed no remorse for the people whose deaths she caused. She was also clearly vulnerable, as she was controlled through fear by Jim Moriarty.