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Mapping the Tibetan World Paperback – December 1, 2001

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Although this book has about 300 very detailed maps everything from a map of Potala Palace to downtown Cheng-du it is essentially a travel guide rather than a history of mapping the Tibetan region, as the title may suggest. In the first chapter, the authors, all experienced travelers captivated by Tibet, are admirably forthright about the drawbacks of travel there (e.g., Tibetan mastiffs that bite on sight, the need for vaccinations, altitude sickness, and the absence of gourmet meals) and then spend the rest of the book focusing on the good points, such as the many monasteries and cultural sites and the ability to travel on $12 a day. Pages are filled with practical tourist information, basic tours, very detailed instructions (e.g., the building in front of which a bus leaves), and plentiful photos. Recommended for all travel collections specializing in Asian geographic areas. Mary Lynette Larsgaard, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A genuinely distinct travel and cultural guide to Tibet, Bhutan, and the Tibetan areas in Nepal, W.China, and N.India. -- Book News, February 2001

A little gem of a guide, gives excellent synopses that help one prepare for a trip to the Himalayan region. -- Shambhala Sun, May 2001

A little gem of a guide, gives excellent synopses that help one prepare for a trip to the Himalayan region. -- Shambhala Sun, May 2001

Recommended for all travel collections specializing in Asian geographic areas. -- Library Journal, February 15, 2001

The 'Bible' for independent travel in the region. Laminate your copy against the rigours of the Tibetan road now! -- Free Tibet Campaign, Spring 2001

This is a highly comprehensive publication with all the latest information,covering even the remotest areas. -- Tibet Society, Spring 2001

This wonderful guidebook which contains almost 300 detailed maps is the Bible for Tibetan freaks. -- Tibet Aid, Japan, January 2002

Tibet-bound travelers will find no better guide than Mapping the Tibetan World. This is a must-have if you're seeing Tibet. -- Big World Travel Magazine & Hostels.com, December 2000
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Kotan Publishing; 1st edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970171609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970171603
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is the first guidebook to include the whole Tibetan world. Roughly one third of the main body of the book is devoted to the Tibetan "Autonomous" Region, one third to other Tibetan lands governed by China, and one third to Bhutan and the Tibetan areas of Nepal and India.
It is an intensely practical book, directed to the independent traveller using public transport. It includes information about public transport which is readily available nowhere else; it does not include the telephone numbers of bus stations - an unfortunate omission.
The many excellent maps include regional maps, and no less than 126 maps of towns, many of them mapped in no other available book.
Important improvements would be: the inclusion of Chinese characters where appropriate in the text; the addition of markers to every Chinese word or name wherever it appears to indicate the tones, without which they cannot be pronounced; and a guide to the pronunciation of Tibetan, without which the section Survival Tibetan is scarcely useful.
Some travellers will want more information about the furnishings and images in Tibetan temples. In most of the territory covered, although not for India, Gyurme Dorje's "Tibet Handbook with Bhutan" (Footprint Handbooks) will provide that information, and be a complementary companion book.
The book will be indispensable for the serious traveller who wishes to understand the extent and the diversity of the Tibetan world.
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This book is a must for travellers, it has easily the best set of maps to Tibet that I have ever seen and they are really easy to follow. The travel information is also very detailed, especially when it comes to the local public transport timetables and routes. I am also impressed that it covers in detail all the Tibetan areas in the Chinese controlled areas and beyond and not just around Lhasa.
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Format: Paperback
Mapping the Tibetan World is the portable encyclopedia of the Tibetan world i was waiting for !
I have now this wonderful little book always close to me so that i can read a bit here and a bit there whenever i have five minutes to spare.
It has informations on all aspects of Tibetan life, culture, history and geography as well as Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and symbols.
The many maps included makes it easy to plan your trip in Tibet and other Tibetan cultural regions.
The only suggestions i could make to the publisher would be a LARGE PRINT version for people who like me have bad eyesight, and may be a color coding to distinguish the various regions (chapters).
A wonderful job done by this team of young explorers, many thanks to them !
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By A Customer on November 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
At first glance, I thought this guide would be difficult to use as I was so used to the layout of Lonely Planet. However, I quickly adapted to it and found it very informative and reasonably up to date. Most useful was the section on Buddhism when visiting the extraordinary temples in Tibet, as well as advice on routes to take and how to get places. Unfortunately, after a vehicle accident just outside of Lhasa, my book went missing somewhere between the side of the road and the hospital bed (don't let that put you off visiting this remarkable country!). So I was overjoyed when I discovered the guide again in Kathmandu, and bought another copy so I could continue to use it!
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'Mapping the Tibetan World' is a very ambitious project, and one that succeeds brilliantly.
The once-great Tibetan world, though based on common culture and language, has splintered over the centuries into slabs attached to China, India and Nepal--with Bhutan the sole independent nation remaining. This book reassembles the complex jigsaw into a cohesive whole again, making it the perfect guidebook for travellers keen on visiting overlapping regions of the Tibetan plateau on a single trip.
The marvel is how all the complex data is compressed into 424 pages. The maps are highly detailed and many are not found in other sources: among them are excellent trekking maps.
If you want to explore the Tibetan sphere of influence, this is the book.
Michael Buckley, travel writer, author of Heartlands: Travels in the Tibetan World and the Tibet Travel Adventure Guide
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