China’s Three “Journeys to the West”

July 31, 2010

No, this is not about immigrants or armies invading America. Besides, Chinese troops would have to swim the Pacific since China’s navy isn’t large enough to move a force that size, since China does not have America’s military capabilities.

This post is about China’s classic novel, “Journey to the West”.

There are four novels that are considered Chinese classics—Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Dream of Red Chamber, Journey to the West and The Outlaws of the Marsh (some of these classics have been released in other titles).

In fact, there are three Chinese books titled “Journey to the West”.

One Journey to the West is nonfiction about K’iu Ch’ang Ch’un, who visited Genghis Khan in Persia between 1221 and 1224.

The second Journey to the West is another nonfiction account about Hsuan Tsang, a Buddhist monk who travels to India to bring back Buddhist scriptures.

The third Journey to the West is a fictional romance that introduces the Monkey King and his friend the Pig on their journey to the West.

Also, see Dream of Red Chamber or Romance of the Three Kingdoms


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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