The River at the Center of the World

The River at the Center of the World

A Journey up the Yangtze and Back in Chinese Time

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
An author travels up the Yangtze river from the Tibetan border to the East China Sea and attempts to get at the soul of China as he passes through the many faces of China. 12,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
It is the symbolic heart of China. Rising in the mountains of the Tibetan border, it pierces 3,900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea. Its path embraces every geographic feature and almost every ethnic group, and its banks are home to both scenic splendor and foul industrial pollution. Connecting China's heartland cities with that volatile coastal giant Shanghai, it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters. And to travel up those waters is to travel back in history, to sense the soul of China.
Long off-limits to foreigners, the far reaches of the Yangtze are still off-limits to most tourists and travelers simply by dint of the difficulty in traversing the terrain. But, for Simon Winchester, traveling the length of this mighty river was a lifelong dream and, together with a Chinese companion, he set out to do just that. The result is this unforgettable portrait of China.
Endlessly curious, urbane, witty, and knowledgeable, Winchester introduces us to a world we might otherwise have missed. To follow him on his adventures up the Yangtze is to experience the essence of China - to absorb its flavors as well as learn its history and politics, to feel its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture, and to meet up en route with uncommon people in remote and almost inaccessible places. This is travel writing at its best: lively and informative, amusing and thoroughly engaging.

& Taylor

The author recounts his experiences traveling along the Yangtze river from the Tibetan border to the East China Sea, and shares his impressions of the people of China

Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805038880
Characteristics: xx, 410 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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