This book contains the full text of the 13th, 14th and 15th stories in our Journey to the West series for people learning to read Chinese. The three stories told here are unchanged from our original versions except for minor editing and reformatting.
In The Magic Ginseng Tree, the Buddhist monk Tangseng is visited in a dream by someone claiming to be the ghost of a murdered king. Tangseng’s chief disciple Sun Wukong offers to go to the king’s palace and sort things out with his iron rod, but things do not go as planned. In The Cave of Fire, the travelers encounter a young boy hanging upside down from a tree. They rescue him only to discover that he is really Red Boy, a powerful and malevolent demon and, it turns out, Sun Wukong’s nephew. And in The Daoist Immortals, the travelers arrive at a strange city where Daoism is revered and Buddhism is forbidden. Sun Wukong gleefully causes trouble in the city, and finds himself in a series of deadly competitions with three Daoist Immortals.
The stories are written, as much as possible, using the 1200-word vocabulary of HSK4 plus several hundred additional words introduced in these books and earlier books in the series. It is presented in Simplified Chinese characters and pinyin, and includes an English version and complete glossary.
Free audio versions of all books in this series are available on YouTube and also via the “Download Audiobook” link that’s associated with the individual books. Note that there are no audio versions of the 3-book compilations, you need to download the audio for each book separately.