posted on Nov, 6 2012 @ 10:45 AM
The link below is to three of the most influential Chinese pilgrims who journeyed to India in search of Buddhist manuscripts
Yijing was a Tang Dynasty Chinese Buddhist monk, originally named Zhang Wenming who lived around 650 ro 725 AD
He decided to visit the Buddhist university of Nālandā, in Bihar, India, to further his study Buddhism. Traveling by a Persian boat out of
Guangzhou, he arrived in Srivijaya know today as Palembang, Sumatra , Indonesia, where he learned Sanskrit grammar and the Malay language.
He went on to record visits to the nations of Malayu and Kiteh (Kedah), and in 673 after ten days additional travel reached the "naked kingdom"
(south west of Shu). Yijing recorded his impression of the "Kunlun peoples", using an ancient Chinese word for Malay peoples. "Kunlun people have
curly hair, dark bodies, bare feet and wear sarongs." He then arrived at the East coast of India, where he met a senior monk and stayed a year to
study Sanskrit. Both later followed a group of merchants and visited 30 other principalities. Halfway to Nālandā, Yijing fell sick and was unable to
walk; gradually he was left behind by the group. He was looted by bandits and stripped naked. He heard the natives would catch white skins to offer
sacrifice to the gods, so he jumped into mud and used leaves to cover his lower body; he walked slowly to Nālandā where he stayed for 11
Xuanzang was a Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator who travelled thru China and India in the early Tang Dynasty. Born in Henan
province of China in circa 600 AD
He is noted for building the Great Goose pagoda
Wild Goose Pagoda
Faxian was a Chinese Buddhist monk who travelled by foot all the way from China to India, visiting many sacred Buddhist sites in what are now
Xinjiang, China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and between around 400 AD to acquire Buddhist scriptures.
And overview of these gentlemen is in the following PDF
The Chinese Pilgrims