"Journey to the West" is the romantic history of Chinese literature outstanding long Ming. It tells the story of the Monkey King to Buddhist sutras, such as protection of monk, the way Xiang Yao Demon, to remove obstacles to the story. Fiction with vivid strokes, created Monkey, Pig and other distinctive, deeply popular myth of the hero, the romantic description of a number of magnificent, magical and captivating story, while twists and turns to the reflection of the social and historical circumstances and political ideals of progress . "Journey to the West" sea of unrestrained imagination, the plot fantastic fun, ambitious and rigorous structure, language, humor, European harmony, is the ancient Chinese Ghost Stories for carry the tripod. Monk learn the story of "Journey to the West," a book had been widely circulated before the Song and Yuan period had produced a "big Tripitaka learn Poetry", "Journey to the West flat live" and other more molding work. On this basis, "Journey to the West" was officially written in the 16th century 70's, into a wider spread of the book, the version more. From the 18th century was translated into many languages and spread overseas. "Journey to the West: Chinese-English (set of 6 volumes)," Professor of English completed by the British scholar Zhanna Er, this is one of the closest English translation of the original.
Stories about a Tang priest's quest for the Buddhist scriptures were widespread among the Chinese people long before the book Journey to the West was written. During the Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368), books on this theme, such as Tripitaka's Search for the Buddhist Sutras and Popular Pilgrimage Tales, were published. Largely based on folk tales, Journey to the West was written in the 1570s. Many different editions of the novel have appeared, and it has been translated into many foreign languages since the 18th century.