Xi’an was one of the greatest melting pots of culture, goods, religions, and ideas in Eurasia and one of its greatest moments was the sixteen-year journey of the monk Xuanzang down into India to collect holy Buddhist texts to bring back to Xi’an. This story then inspired the famous novel Journey to the West, with Tripataka based on Xuanzang, accompanied by Pigsy and the Monkey King, and the countless sequels, plays, comics, video games, books and even rock operas following it since. The Great Wild Goose Pagoda is the place to explore the origin of this epic, which will be brought to life by your expert Newman Tours guide.
- See the golden statue of Guanyin, understand how she too made her journey from India – one in which she stopped being a man, and became the woman you see today.
- See the enormous pagoda in which Xuanzang kept his holy texts, and learn how the tower you see before you today has risen again and again out of collapse, the world’ most deadly earthquake, and war.
- See the sculptures and learn about both the real journey of Xuanzang and the mythical journey of Tripataka, Pigsy, and the Monkey King.
- Smell the incense, see the monks, and the sacrifices that continue to occur at this temple still functioning today – some one thousand and four hundred years after Xuanzang’s return.
The Standard Meeting Point for Public, Private & Select Monkey King Tours is outside Xiaozhai Metro Station (在小寨地铁站外面见面).
Price (Chinese renminbi per person)
|Monkey King Tour||Adults||Children under 14|
|Private (2 hr)||290||240|
|Select (2.5 hr)||390||290|
Public Tour availability can be seen by clicking here.
Private Tours can be scheduled for your group at any time you like.
Select Tours are led by Senior Newman Tours’ Guides, and guarantee the provision of an iPad to enhance the content of your tour. They can start at any time you want, and feature exclusive content described in italics in the Tour Schedule on this page.
Private and Select Tours require a minimum of 4 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof). Full terms and conditions can be viewed here.
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