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Chinese monks retrace silk route on foot
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | November 27, 2006 13:02 IST
It has been a long journey for monk Mingxian and monk Huizai. Retracing the famous silk route between India and China, the two monks arrived in Nalanda, four months after they set out on foot from Xi'an in China.
The monks, who took the route taken by famous Chinese scholar Xuanzang (602-664 AD), received a warm welcome at Nalanda, the historic seat of learning in Bihar. The main purpose of their journey was to spread the message of non-violence, peace and harmony as preached by Buddha.
Xuanzang travelled from the city of Chang'an, which is now called Xi'an, in Shaanxi Province, to India to obtain Buddhist scriptures and study, returning 17 years later. His remarkable adventures inspired the Chinese classic 'A Journey to the West.'
"They were received at the Xuanzang Memorial Hall in Nalanda and gifted a statue of Xuanzang and a silk scroll," he said.