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The Emperor's River: Travels to the Heart of a Resurgent China Paperback – July 9, 2010
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Most of the Grand Canal today, it turns out, is not a pretty sight. Only the southern length, from Hangzhou north to Jining, has enough water to continue to be used mainly for coal transport on barges, some of which the author was lucky enough to be allowed onto after bribing the captain. The northern length is largely bone dry, despite a few brief showcase stretches passing through Tianjin, the Beijing suburb of Tongzhou and a few other cities, that have been beautified with parks and monuments. Elsewhere for long lengths of the canal the author could not even gain access, stuck in hotels in nearby cities and monitored by the police.Read more ›
Having lived in Hangzhou, sharing tea and bamboo chairs with my good old neighbors, smelling their chinese medicinal herbs boiling on the stove through the wooden walls , I am enjoying very much reading this book (not yet finished), as a memory of the FACETTES of life that exist uniquely in China.
Initialy i ordered the book to write a short essay for a media-theory-essay focussing on the influence of the technologial breakthrough of the canal to the chinese civilisation.
I found it very inspiring, and yes, indeed, not extremely full of technical information(which can be found elsewhere).
But reading D'Arcy's phrases is a great pleasure. His connection to the Chinese through the deep knowledge of the language and the sensivity of his communication make this book a great fun to read.
I can smell the herbs and the gutters, and have a smile on my face. What do you want more?
Interesting also because the author gives what seems to be a very balanced view on life in China.
It will be interesting to compare notes if we manage to get to at least some of the places described in the book during our next trip to China in 2015.