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This is now an old book, but it is still worth reading. Thubron travels third class, speaks Mandarin Chinese, and reports random conversations with locals that segue into... Read morePublished 11 months ago by George Lewinnek
Stifling heat, numbing cold. Desolate nowhere-scapes and their abandoned, scarred inhabitants. Endless discomfort both physical and psychological. Abject Loss. Read morePublished 15 months ago by XarifaBedford
What differentiates the travel writer from the tourist is not merely an eye for detail. It is also a willingness and humility to accept and appreciate the new, unusual or strange. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
After reviewing his excellent "To a Mountain in Tibet" (2011) and "Shadow of the Silk Road" (2007), I enjoyed this 1987 account of his 1985 Chinese travels. Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by John L Murphy
If you want to know something about the geography, history, and culture of China in the mid-1980s, this is the book for you. Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by Marilyn P. Kelly
I try to read as much as I can about China, and Mr. Thubron's treatment (nicely updated in his recent 'Shadows of the Silk road) is the best I've read. Read morePublished on March 21, 2008 by Justin F. Gaynor
This book is a record of a long journey the author took through China in the mid-1980s. Before embarking, Thubron took an intensive course in Mandarin back in his native England. Read morePublished on March 16, 2007 by Amazon Customer