Retracing Hiuen Tsang's journey to India

Hiuen Tsang's travels to India formed the basis for a sixteenth century novel by Wu Chen'en called Journey to the West, (during the Tang dynasty "the west" referred to India) a story that continues to exert much fascination in contemporary China. Now a troupe of Buddhist monks are reliving the journey.

One of the novel's main characters, the Monkey King (thought by some to be based on Hanuman) was thus a candidate for the 2008 Olympic Games mascot.

Hiuen Tsang began his epic journey to India in late AD 628. He travelled along the Silk Road through the barren Gobi dessert and the windswept passes of Central Asia before heading south to India. Read report
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