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Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  139 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud is a beautifully written account of Sun Shuyun's journey to retrace the steps of one of the most popular figures in Chinese history -- the monk Xuanzang, who travelled to India searching for true Buddhism.Xuanzang should be known as one of the world's great heroes. His travels across Asia to bring true Buddhism back to China are legendary ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published 2003 by HarperCollins
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I was a bit concerned that the history would overwhelm the modern travel narrative aspect, but that didn't really happen. Good book, but not great, unless you have a specific interest in Buddhism or ancient Chinese history.
Michael Bafford
I got this from a friend who enjoyed it. I found myself wading through the beginning hoping; "when she gets to India it will get better". And it did. In China Ms. Sun had too many memories of family and of growing up during the cultural revolution. I am not really interested in modern history.

Also I was disappointed that there was very little walking in Xuanzang's footsteps. A lot more travelling by train, plane and taxi. Travelling by bus was apparently gruelling. One place was unreachable as
Hock Tjoa
Without drama, Sun tells of her journeys to the many places that Xuan Zang, the 7th century Chinese monk made to the "West"--Central Asia (the Silk Road) and India. His story was retold with much fantasy and "paranormal" incidents in the 15th century and is regarded as one of the Four great classic novels. It could rightly be called The Monkey King, after one of the superheroes that was chosen to protect the monk on his journey.
"Ten thousand miles" is the sober and sensible but fascinating stor
Ten Thousand Miles Without A Cloud is the first book by Sun Shuyun. It details Sun’s experience as she tries to follow in the footsteps on Xuanzang, a Buddhist monk who, in the 7th century, made a pilgrimage through Central Asia and into India, to find the original sutras of the Buddha. Xuanzang made his trip during a time of political unrest, as does Sun; both confront obstacles and both come to understand Buddhism and themselves better for their encounters with others on the way. I found mysel ...more
May 05, 2008 Valerie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone curious about Buddhist history, Sinophiles
Recommended to Valerie by: Achala
This book was a pleasure. Sun retraces Xuanjang's 16 c. journey along the Silk Road from China to India. A Buddhist monk, Xuanjang wished to return to the land of Buddha's origins to recover a felt-absence in then-Chinese Buddhist practice. By retracing his famous journey, Sun is also attemoting to recapture her family's --and China's, and very nearly India's-- lost legacy of Buddhism.

It's a good travel story, too, as she ventures to places most of us won't reach, such as Kyrgyzstan. If the boo
Nov 29, 2008 Shantiwallah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thos interested in the early spread of Buddhism, Buddhist images, and personal travel journeys
Shelves: travel
I thoroughly enjoyed this book although I think you need a real interest in Buddhism and/or historical Buddhist art to enjoy it completely. The most interesting information was on the presence of Buddhism in what we would now only know of as purely Muslim areas of the world (The bombing of the giant Buddha images at Bamiyan gave the world a clue about this)and also ways in which ancient Greek and Buddhist art have been connected. When my friend read this book she was disillusioned by the author' ...more
Jazel Lum
One of those books which I re-read shortly after reading it for the first time. I felt a strong connection to the author, with her curiosity and yet cynicism on religion. A thought provoking booking, which led one to think about the underlying purpose of a religion and what it is meant to be/ for. Recommended for anyone interested in Chinese history.
If you like ancient history and/or Asian culture, this book is great! It has vivid discriptions that will make you feel like you are seeing it with your own eyes. Maybe I just say that because I have actually seen many of the places she talks about... :)
Nancy 'hedge'
what a journey the Chinese have had. This may seem at times a bit tedious, but is worth the read if nothing else to understand what has happened in the recent past to form this country as it is today.
Sep 12, 2012 Huy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Đọc được vài chương và quyết định để dàng mang theo chuyến du lịch sắp tới, có lẽ rất là hợp :D

13/09: Ngừng đọc vì có lẽ lúc này chưa phải lúc thích hợp để đọc, đọc mà chẳng thấy vô gì cả.
Fascinating insight into the relationships between China and India over millennia as well as absorbing reflections upon spiritual beliefs, politics, and economics over generations.
Very engaging and intimate. I read it twice. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Chinese history and culture, Buddhism, or in just a plain good read!
Nipun Cp
Great Book if you want to know about history of china from a common woman's perspective. An eye opener to an Indian who is blinded by pride of nationalism
A Chinese-American woman's journey to find herself - following the path of a seventh century monk along the Silk Road (China, India...)
Great to read after having read 'Chasing the monk's shadow.' Interesting how she wove in her own search for her identity.
Praveen Peethambaran
Started reading 'Ten thousand Miles without a Cloud', a interesting journey into the journey of Buddhist monk Xangzung...
Sep 07, 2009 Emma rated it 4 of 5 stars
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The real story of monkey magic and a great book to read while traveling in china
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Sun Shuyun was born in 1963. She graduated from Beijing University and won a scholarship to Oxford. A filmmaker and television producer, she has made documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, and the Discovery Channel.
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