'Monkey King' actor fights to save temple

'Monkey King' actor fights to save temple

Mainland television actor Zhang Jinlai said he was speaking in his capacity as a performer when he appealed to state religious authorities to step in and block the destruction of the famed Xingjiao Temple in Shaanxi province.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 2:15am 1 comment

'Monkey King' actor hopes to save historic Buddhist temple in Xian

Parts of the Xingjiao Temple in Xian face demolition. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Zhang Jinlai, who played the Monkey King in Journey to the West, has called on the government to wade in on a proposed project to demolish a part of Xingjiao Temple where a revered Tang Dynasty monk is buried.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:20pm 1 comment

BOOK (1942)

Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en (translated by Arthur Waley) Penguin Classics

30 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Buddhist legacy secures Beijing's backing for Indian institution's rebirth

Nalanda's revival figured prominently in the 10-point agreement President Hu Jintao signed with India to bring the two countries closer together last November. It wasn't wholly unexpected, as Beijing's commitment to the project is rooted in history.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Global effort to rebuild and rediscover Afghan treasures

German conservation archaeologist Edmund Melzl carefully unpacked a lump of dun-coloured plaster from a polythene bag, pointed to a piece of straw embedded in it, and triumphantly said: 'This will tell us when the Bamiyan Buddhas were created.'

5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Under cover

Hong Konger Kris Webb has just signed a contract for the US release of Sacking The Stork, the novel she wrote with her sister, Kathy Wilson. No release date has been set for the story of modern motherhood, but Webb has plenty of time. The Australian mother of two toddlers is within days of handing in the manuscript of her second book, Inheriting Jack.

17 Aug 2003 - 12:00am


It can't hurt to read about home while away on holiday. Best start with City Voices, a collection of post-war Hong Kong writing in English edited by Xu Xi and Mike Ingham.

Hong Kong writers Brandon Royal and Paul Strahan have just released Bars of Steel, the memoir of a teenage Filipina bar dancer in Wan Chai.

27 Jul 2003 - 12:00am