Journey to the West

one of China's Four Great Classical Novels

Journey to the West (Chinese: 西遊記; pinyin: Xī Yóu Jì; Wade–Giles: Hsi1 Yu2 Chi4) is a Chinese novel. It was published in the 16th century during the Ming dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng'en. It is often called one of the greatest Classic Chinese Novels and arguably the most popular literary work in East Asia.[1] Arthur Waley's 1942 abridged translation, Monkey, is known in English-speaking countries.

Journey to the West
Earliest known edition of the book from the 16th century
AuthorWu Cheng'en
Original title西遊記
CountryMing China
GenreGods and demons fiction, Chinese mythology, fantasy, adventure
Set inChina, 7th century AD
Publication date
c. 1592 (print)Template:Sfnb
Published in English
1942 (abridged)
1977–1983 (complete)
Original text
西遊記 at Chinese Wikisource
Journey to the West
Journey to the West in Traditional (top) and Simplified (bottom) Chinese characters
Traditional Chinese西遊記
Simplified Chinese西游记
Literal meaning"West Journey Record"


  1. Kherdian, David (2005). Monkey: A Journey to the West. p. 7. is probably the most popular book in all of East Asia.