Monkey Magic!

On January 16, 2012, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Tours, Transportation, by Jack Li

China’s most popular and widely known legend the beloved superhero, the Monkey King (Sūn Wùkōng) has been fondly retold through the centuries in many different forms. Countless adaptations have been made of the ancient Chinese tale, reinforcing traditional and cultural beliefs, while entertaining both the young and the old.  Growing up in the west, the ancient tale was retold in the 30 minute long Japanese Kungfu television series ‘Monkey Magic’, which was based on the Classic Sixteenth Century Chinese novel ‘Journey to the West” by Wu Cheng’en.  The television show broadcasted Monkey Magic’s many escapades, while it entertained millions and acquired a long lasting cult following. China flights and China Travel have an selection of specials on offer, which will introduce you to the cultural traditions and beautiful scenery which made Monkey Magic’s adventures so enchanting.

Monkey bought ancient tales of traditional Chinese cultural beliefs to life, with his mischievous personality and amazing array of skills and super strength he was loved by many. Monkey’s ‘Journey to the West’ (India) was filled with Chinese fables, legends and superstitions. Monkey and his companions Zhū Bājiè (Pigsy) Shā Wùjìng (Sandy) and Yùlóng Sāntàizi (Yu Long) battled with demons, dragons, Spirits, vampires, witches—and occasionally even the gods. The talking animals, magical feats and flying clouds, all culminated with Monkeys Magical kungfu skills, which bought China to life for millions of viewers around the world.

Monkey’s epic ‘Journey West’ displayed some of China’s most picturesque and beautiful scenery, captivating audiences across the world. As a child, watching the 1970’s dubbed ‘Monkey Magic’ tale was fascinating; Monkey’s mad skills, props and his cheeky ability to create havoc in Heaven and Earth was mesmerizing.  The shows cheesy dialogue, crazy disco music and impressive battle scenes entertained millions.

The popularity of the legend behind the Monkey King tale has led to constant television and movie remakes, including a 3D cartoon as well as a 3D and IMAX version which stars internationally acclaimed artists Donnie Yen and Chow Yun Fat. For me, watching the hilarious adventurous tales of Monkey’s journey west, contributed to a deep-seated desire to explore China. In Monkey Magic’s world anything is possible! If you also would like to follow in Monkeys footsteps visit China Travel to find more information about tour destinations and specials.

Jack Li

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