Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud
One of the fathers of Chinese Buddhism, 7th century monk Xuanzang, traveled to India in search of the true path to enlightenment. Along the way, he survived bandits and snowstorms and the odd tempting princess.

His trip was mythologized in the magical epic The Monkey King—and that journey is the subject of author Sun Shuyun's devotional tome. After an Oxford education, Sun returned to China a restless soul searcher, and so in 1999, she retraced the monk's historic 25,000-kilometer quest. Although her journey was by no means as arduous as Xuanzang's,...

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