“The Journey to the West” is considered by most scholars as one of the four masterpieces of classical Chinese literature. The story follows the legendary pilgrimage of a monk, Tang Sanzang (Tang Monk or Xuancang) along with his three disciples, Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie and Sha Seng, across a perilous journey to the west to reach Tianzhu (now India). During their adventures, the group gallantly overcame many tribulations and ordeals from battling treacherous terrain to encountering various monsters and fiends, some challenges were purposefully setup by the Deities as a test of their resolve to attain the Buddhist scriptures (sutras). In the end, the monk and his disciples reached their destination and acquired the true scriptures from the Buddhist Patriarch.
Since the novel’s publication countless interpretations have emerged. Studies of the literature have received great interest from Chinese and international audiences. To garner the public’s interest in “The Journey to the West” and to gain a deeper appreciation of Chinese culture and Mandarin, we have produced a selection of bilingual short poems in Chinese (traditional and simplified) and English. A comprehensive read-aloud version of “The Journey to the West – Learn with Me” (or “Journey to West: Learn with Me”) Poems, in the form of mobile apps, is available for download from leading mobile app stores, i.e., Google's Play Store, Apple's Apple Store and Huawei's AppGallery.