Journey to the West
Retold by Janet Hardy-Gould
CEFR A1 — A2
Word count 6,254
‘Tripitaka, can you go to the west for me – and for Buddha?’
When the holy woman Guanyin asks the young Chinese monk Tripitaka to bring some holy writings back from India, he says ‘yes’. But how can he travel across rivers, and fight terrible monsters and demons, on his long journey? He needs three strong helpers – Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy – to do that! But where do they come from? Do they always help? And can they bring the holy writings home again? Read this old Chinese story, and find out.