Gong xi fa cai. Happy New Year. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese astrological calendar. And there is no more important a monkey in China than Sun Wu Kong or the Monkey King, who is the main character in the Chinese classical novel, “Journey to the West”. Written in the 16th century, “Journey to the West” tells the story of a Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk who travels to India in search of the original scriptures of the Buddha’s teachings, accompanied by the Monkey King.
In modern times, this very long tale has provided plots for Chinese opera, movies, tv series and many cartoon style books.