Having learned Mandarin, and travelling alone by foot, bicycle and train, Colin Thubron set off on a 10,000 mile journey from Beijing to the borders of Burma. He travelled through the wind-swept wastes of the Gobi desert and finished at the far end of the Great Wall.
What Thubron reveals is an astonishing diversity, a land whose still unmeasured resources strain to meet an awesome demand, and an ancient people still reeling from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution.
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"An achievement of great and lasting brilliance" (Patrick Leigh Fermor)
"This transcendentally gifted writer is, of course, one of the two or three best living travel writers" ( Independent)
"A travel book which tells us more about this strange, sometimes terrible region and its people than a library of more pretentious works" ( Literary Review)
"An intrepid traveller, who also writes beautifully, with wit and erudition... The result is a rare first-hand account of a country seen through the eyes of one who has experienced what he describes and who is in a position to understand what he sees... He penetrates where most would believe it is impossible for a foreigner to go" ( Spectator)
Winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.
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