This book is a compilation of books 19, 20 and 21 in our Journey to the West series for people learning to read Chinese. The three stories told here – The Great Demon King, The Cave of Fire, and The Country of Women – are unchanged from our original versions except for minor editing and reformatting.
In The Angry Monkey, the Buddhist monk Tangseng has harsh words for his eldest disciple, the monkey king Sun Wukong. This argument leads to a case of mistaken identity and an earthshaking battle across heaven and the underworld. In The Burning Mountain, the travelers’ path is blocked by a huge blazing mountain. They learn that Sun Wukong himself caused the fire five centuries earlier, and the travelers must discover how to extinguish the blaze so they can continue their journey. And in The Rain of Blood, An evil rainstorm of blood covers a city and defiles a beautiful Buddhist monastery. Tangseng and his disciples find two fish-demons drinking wine and gambling in the top floor of the monastery’s pagoda. This leads to an epic underwater confrontation with their boss, a powerful dragon king.
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.