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‘No nonsense, information-packed guide’ LAM Magazine (UK)

From the Back Cover

The greatest trade route of all time

The ‘Silk Road’ was never a single thread across Asia but an intricate web of shorter routes – Silk Roads – which together linked the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This guidebook is the first to cover these routes in their entirety and with it you can retrace the Golden Road to Samarkand, follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo, and travel the length of the Great Wall of China. With detailed information on over 10,000km (6000 miles) of overland routes both by road and rail, this guide includes:

  • Planning your trip – Information for all budgets whether you’re an independent traveller or joining a group

  • Practical information – For travellers in Syria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and China

  • 60 city guides with maps – Where to stay, where to eat and what to see in 60 stopovers along the way, including: Istanbul, Göreme, Antakya, Aleppo, Hama, Palmyra, Damascus, Malatya, Erzurum, Do?gubeyazit, Tabriz, Ghazvin, Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz, Mashad, Merv, Ashgabat, Konye-Urgench, Nukus, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Osh, Bishkek, Issyk Kul, Song Kul, Karimabad, Gilgit, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Kashgar, Kuqa, Turfan, Khotan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Xi’an, Pingyao, Datong and Beijing

  • Also includes lesser-known routes – Southern Taklamakan, Kashgar–Rawalpindi (Karakorum Highway), Marco Polo’s route to Xanadu

  • Extensive history of the Silk Roads

  • Useful phrases – Arabic, Farsi, Russian and Chinese

  • Includes 60 maps

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Product Details

  • Series: Silk Roads: A Route & Planning Guide
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications; Third Edition edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905864329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905864324
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

From 'The Alphabet Game':
Paul Wilson has been travel writing for over twenty years, and is a leading light on The Silk Road, past and present. He has also written a play: Shakespeare Tonight. If it is raining in Macclesfield, Paul can be found in Sydney, with his wife and son.

From 'The Silk Roads':
Paul Wilson was born in Macclesfield and took to unusual journeys early in life when, aged two, he fell out of his third-floor bedroom window. He went to King's School, Macclesfield, before reading History and Ancient History at New College, Oxford.
Paul has lived in North, South and Central America and travelled extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australasia, but he now lives Down Under. He has worked as a consultant to the WTO's Silk Road Project and, when not teaching in Sydney, writes novels that never get published.
On his trips to the Orient he has maintained his support for Macclesfield Town Football Club, making him a true 'Silkman' on the Silk Road. He laid down the route for the first-ever Silk Route Cycle Expedition and took part in the 2008 event.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on March 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been planning on overlanding Europe to China for quite a while. The only problem is there is no one book for it. Reading individual country guides is extremely time consuming since a change of plans in one country would propagate out to all the other countries. More over, backpacking with 5 Lonely Planet guides would be crazy. Alas, at last I found this book. It tells you exactly where the silk road is (it is really a network of roads), how to get there and all the points of interests in between. With the book in hand, I can turn to Lonely planet guides for the nitty gritty details of city hopping.

The only draw back I can point to is the lack of coverage on Kazakhstan. This book offers 2 route into China. First route is across Kyrgyzstan from Bishkek to Kashgar. While this is definitely the original silk road, doing this trip involves a 16 hour bus ride on a rickety road cut through the high Pamirs. Not terribly safe nor pleasant. The second route is going across Pakistan and up the Karakorum Highway. Again, this is both a historically accurate and extreme scenic road. Given the current security situation in Pakistan, this is not a great choice either. The simplest and safest route is to go through Kazakhstan from Almaty to Urumqi by train. While all the information could easily be obtained from wikitravel, I feel this book is doing its readers a disservice by nudging them towards the 2 high mountain passes.

All in all I would still highly recommend this book. For a trip this size, having a big picture book is essential. No other book come close in terms of breath and depth on this subject.

Bon Voyage silk roaders.
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