Category: The first Chinese traveler to visit India – Fahein

The first Chinese traveler to visit India – Fahein

The first Chinese traveler to visit India – Fahein

Fahein (337 – c. 422 CE) was a Chinese Buddhist monk who traveled by foot all the way from China to India, visiting many sacred Buddhist sites in what are now Xinjiang, China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and between 399 and 412 to acquire Buddhist scriptures. His journey is described in his important travelogue, A Record of Buddhist Kingdoms, Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Xian of his Travels in India and Ceylon in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline. Antiquated transliterations of his name include Fa-Hien and Fa-hsien.