The Journey to the West, Books 16, 17 and 18

This book contains the full text of the 16th, 17th and 18th 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 Great Demon King, the Buddhist monk Tangseng and his disciples meet and try to outwit and overpower a demon who demands two human sacrifices each year.  In The Cave of…

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The Country of Women (女子国)

The four travelers run into difficulties and temptations in a nation of women and girls. First, the monk Tangseng and his disciple Zhu become pregnant after drinking from the Mother and Child River. Later, the nation’s queen meets Tangseng and pressures him to marry her. He barely escapes that fate, only to be kidnapped by a powerful female demon who takes him to her cave and tries to seduce him. The travelers must use all…

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Learn to Read Chinese, Book 3

A wealthy girl runs away with her cousin, a poor stonecarver.   A scholar finds true love inside a book. Two lovers defy death to be together. And a young man finds love with two ghosts. Believe it or not, it’s possible for you to read and understand the four wonderful love stories in this book even if you start off not knowing a single word of Chinese!  We won’t lie to you and say it…

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Mulan, Woman Warrior, Full Color Version (木兰女战士)

The story of Mulan, the young girl who joins the army to save her family and her country, is at least 1500 years old. Over the centuries, it has inspired dozens of poems, plays, novels, songs, and more recently, graphic novels, TV shows and films. The details of the story vary, but the core is always the same: a young girl living with her family in a small Chinese village learns that the army requires…

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Twenty Three Cats (二十三只猫)

A young boy shares a little house in Beijing with 23 cats.  His friend comes to visit, but the two of them can’t sit down, can’t study, and can’t even eat dinner together because of all the cats.  What to do?  The answer, which involves a very large dog, will surprise and delight you. This wonderful little tale is for beginning Chinese students of all ages.  Its tiny vocabulary of just 101 words is taken…

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