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Xuanzang [ɕɥɛ̌n.tsâŋ] (Chinese: 玄奘; fl. 602 – 664), born Chen Hui / Chen Yi (陳禕), was a Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator who traveled to India in the seventh century and described the interaction between Chinese Buddhism and Indian Buddhism during the reign of Harsha.During the journey he visited many sacred Buddhist sites in what are now South Asia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Xuanzang has received more than 1,560,606 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Xuanzang is the 20th most popular explorer (up from 21st in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from China (down from 21st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Chinese Explorer.

Xuanzang is most famous for the journey he took to India in search of Buddhist scriptures.

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Among explorers, Xuanzang ranks 20 out of 405Before him are Prince Henry the Navigator, Jacques Cartier, Fridtjof Nansen, Erik the Red, David Livingstone, and Jacques Cousteau. After him are Leif Erikson, Thor Heyerdahl, Abel Tasman, Vitus Bering, Pedro Álvares Cabral, and Willem Barentsz.

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Among people born in 602, Xuanzang ranks 1After him are Hafsa bint Umar, Umm Salama, Sigebert II, Ansegisel, Adaloald, and Theodore of Tarsus. Among people deceased in 664, Xuanzang ranks 1After him are Amr ibn al-As, Eorcenberht of Kent, and Swithhelm of Essex.

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In China

Among people born in China, Xuanzang ranks 24 out of 1,186Before him are Wu Zetian (624), Xi Jinping (1953), Hu Jintao (1942), Kangxi Emperor (1654), Qianlong Emperor (1711), and Mencius (-372). After him are Cai Lun (48), Zhuge Liang (181), Liu Bei (161), Guan Yu (162), Du Fu (712), and Zhuang Zhou (-369).

Among EXPLORERS In China

Among explorers born in China, Xuanzang ranks 2Before him are Zheng He (1387). After him are Zhang Qian (-200), Gan Ying (100), and Ma Huan (1380).