A Jersey Guy's Excellent Adventure in China

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Monk’s 16-Year Odyssey Ended at Wild Goose Pagoda

I was feeling a little travel weary until I read about Xuanzang, a 7th-century Chinese monk who went on a 16-year, 100-plus country pilgrimage and returned home with one of the greatest collections of Buddhist scriptures in history. I learned more about Xuanzang at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an, part of the Da… Read More ›

A Mountain of Trouble at Shaolin Temple

As I gingerly walked down the treacherous mountain path in the pitch dark, my head throbbing from a deep gash and my legs cramping from six hours of hiking, I wondered where it all went wrong. What started out as a routine trip to famed Shaolin Temple turned into a nightmare that almost stranded me… Read More ›