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Faxian (法顯 [fà.ɕjɛ̀n]; 337 CE – c. 422 CE), also referred to as Fa-Hien, Fa-hsien and Sehi, was a Chinese Buddhist monk and translator who traveled by foot from China to India to acquire Buddhist texts. Starting his arduous journey about age 60, he visited sacred Buddhist sites in Central, South, and Southeast Asia between 399 and 412 CE, of which 10 years were spent in India.He described his journey in his travelogue, A Record of Buddhist Kingdoms (Foguo Ji 佛國記). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Faxian has received more than 753,369 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Faxian is the 562nd most popular writer (up from 727th in 2019), the 148th most popular biography from China (up from 195th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Chinese Writer.

The most famous thing faxian is famous for is the discovery of the Dunhuang caves.

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  • 39

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.38

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  • 3.17

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Among writers, Faxian ranks 562 out of 5,755Before him are Abai Qunanbaiuly, Longus, Paul Lafargue, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Alfred Döblin, and Wang Wei. After him are Percy Fawcett, Saint Naum, Jacob L. Moreno, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Theocritus, and Sándor Petőfi.

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Among people born in 340, Faxian ranks 4Before him are Theodosius I, Ambrose, and Pope Anastasius I. After him are Arbogast, Priscillian, and Quintus Aurelius Symmachus. Among people deceased in 418, Faxian ranks 2Before him is Pope Zosimus. After him is Wallia.

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In China

Among people born in China, Faxian ranks 148 out of 1,392Before him are Bai Qi (-250), Li Keqiang (1955), Luo Guanzhong (1330), Zhang Yimou (1950), Zhengde Emperor (1491), and Wang Wei (699). After him are Mo Yan (1955), Hyeonjong of Joseon (1641), Wen Jiabao (1942), Pang Tong (179), Emperor Taizong of Song (939), and Emperor Shenzong of Song (1048).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Faxian ranks 8Before him are Lu Xun (1881), Gao Xingjian (1940), Qu Yuan (-343), Wu Cheng'en (1500), Luo Guanzhong (1330), and Wang Wei (699). After him are Mo Yan (1955), Bai Juyi (772), Kumārajīva (343), Jin Yong (1924), Kang Youwei (1858), and Su Shi (1037).