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Xuanzang

602 - 664

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Xuanzang ([ɕɥɛ̌n.tsâŋ], Chinese: 玄奘; 602–664), born Chen Hui / Chen Yi (陳禕), also known as Hiuen Tsang, was a 7th-century Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and translator. He is known for the epoch-making contributions to Chinese Buddhism, the travelogue of his journey to India in 629–645 CE, his efforts to bring over 657 Indian texts to China, and his translations of some of these texts.Xuanzang was born on 6 April 602 in Chenliu, what is now Kaifeng municipality in Henan province. As a boy, he took to reading religious books, and studying the ideas therein with his father. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Xuanzang has received more than 2,020,439 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia. Xuanzang is the 19th most popular explorer (up from 20th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from China (up from 24th 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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  • 64

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  • 8.75

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  • 3.36

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among EXPLORERS

Among explorers, Xuanzang ranks 19 out of 405Before him are Francisco Pizarro, Abel Tasman, David Livingstone, Prince Henry the Navigator, Fridtjof Nansen, and Erik the Red. After him are Jacques Cousteau, Pedro Álvares Cabral, Jacques Cartier, Leif Erikson, Vitus Bering, and Juan Sebastián Elcano.

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Contemporaries

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, Deusdedit of Canterbury, and Swithhelm of Essex.

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In China

Among people born in China, Xuanzang ranks 23 out of 1,392Before him are Chiang Kai-shek (1887), Du Fu (712), Cao Cao (155), Wu Zetian (624), Qianlong Emperor (1711), and Ip Man (1893). After him are Cai Lun (48), Lü Bu (161), Guan Yu (162), Kangxi Emperor (1654), Liu Bei (161), and Yongle Emperor (1360).

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).