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The Silk Road: Xi'an to Kashgar (Odyssey Illustrated Guides) Paperback – December 1, 2007
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Judy Bonavia spent some 30 years in Asia, living in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and China, where she traveled extensively. She is now resident in France. Christoph Baumer studied philosophy, psychology and art history at the University of Zü rich and holds a doctorate. He has traveled extensively in Central Asia, China and Tibet, and publishes books and articles on themes relating to the history, archeology, and religions of these areas. When not traveling, Baumer lives in Switzerland.
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There is lots of other information too - a summary of local history, fascinating stories about the foreigners who made off with precious scrolls and artwork, helpful sections on ethnic foods, and practical travel info on climate, accommodations, local customs, visas, immunizations and so forth. I really appreciated the brief introduction to Mandarin as well.
I would have liked more pictures of art. Also, I could have used more help understanding the progression of the route. Perhaps more maps would have been good.
But if you're contemplating a trip to the Silk Road, this book is the best guide there is. It was recommended to me by a frequent traveler to China who's an expert on the Silk Road cave paintings.