A Traveller in China

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A Traveller in China

A Traveller in China Christina Dodwell s wanderlust combined with her inventive and unorthodox methods of travel and her unquenchable curiosity about people make her the ideal guide to the remoter parts of China s vast

  • Title: A Traveller in China
  • Author: Christina Dodwell
  • ISBN: 9781590481479
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christina Dodwell s wanderlust, combined with her inventive and unorthodox methods of travel and her unquenchable curiosity about people, make her the ideal guide to the remoter parts of China s vast territory She visits regions largely inhabited by the many ethnic minority groups, still living their distinctive lifestyles A four day bus journey to Kashgar begins ChristiChristina Dodwell s wanderlust, combined with her inventive and unorthodox methods of travel and her unquenchable curiosity about people, make her the ideal guide to the remoter parts of China s vast territory She visits regions largely inhabited by the many ethnic minority groups, still living their distinctive lifestyles A four day bus journey to Kashgar begins Christina s journey, followed by a canoe journey from Lake Karakol She followed Marco Polo s route to Beijing, past the ruined cities of the Silk Road In Xinjiang she spent time with migrating Kazakhs setting up their summer camp Her canoe journey on the Yellow River resulted in her finding a hitherto unknown portion of the Great Wall, and in Beijing she tracked down the house in which her grandmother had lived in the time of the warlords In a side trip to Tibet, Christina spent time in a nomad tent, sharing the elaborate plaiting and ornamentation ritual of a women s hairdressing session Christina joins Chinese tourists when she visits the oldest surviving frescoes in China, the Xian terracotta army, and spends a few days at the famous lamasery of Taer si She witnessed the dragon boat race on Lake Er Hai, But her most precious moments were camping alone on the edge of an ice bound lake, finding a way to unvisited beehive tombs in the Gobi, climbing a remote sacred mountain in Yunnan Province and paddling her small canoe cautiously into the mighty Yangtse Christina s great courage, open mind and unbounded curiosity enable her to go to places few would dare visit, and she almost invariably finds kindness and hospitality wherever she travels.

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    1. Chris on said:

      As this book was published in 1985, it is probably a little bit dated, but it is still a fascinating read from someone who appears totally down to earth! Nothing seems to faze her, from rats running about, to an infestation of fleas: they just get a casual mention in the passing. I've never been to China, but I'd love to go. However, I think attitudes have probably changed somewhat since the book was written. Ms Dodwell talks about being followed around, children running away from her screaming, [...]

    2. Janet on said:

      LOVE LOVE LOVE Christina Dodwell there's simply nobody else like her!

    3. Jennifer on said:

      I enjoy travel writing generally and was interested to read this account of travels in China in the early 1980s, so I was surprised to find it fell somewhat flat. Obviously I was in awe of Christina Dodwell's intrepid nature (she had an inflatable canoe in her backpack) and her facility with languages. There was so much that was interesting in the book - all the different ethnic groups in particular, and her family connection with China but her account didn't really seem to do it justice. The im [...]

    4. Daren on said:

      Four months travel in the early 1980s though a China that was beginning to re-open to tourism. Dodwell is an off-the-beaten-track traveller, often hitchhiking, borrowing horses or camels, or using the inflatable canoe she has in her backpack (yeah, that is true).She is unflappable, and upbeat at all times, fearless and prepared to take a risk.Although a short book, it is written to the point, and the short chapters describe each place in sufficient detail that a longer book would seem unnecessar [...]

    5. Vik on said:

      Christina's book is a pretty good insight into China how it was when it was mostly closed to the outside world and you had to get special permits for everything. Her experiences are pretty amazing and to add to that she took an inflatable canoe with her.This book came before the likes of Bill Bryson sold bucket loads of travel books and took this genre to another level. This is one of the originals and I enjoyed reading it.

    6. da-wildchildz on said:

      Dodwell is at it again, this time in China, adventuring by any means from canoe to horseback (again.) She visits cities but what the majority of this travelogue is made of best of all is when she goes off the beaten track, to the wilderness and beyond! Though, I do not think I will ever voyage along Marco Polo’s route or Tibet, Dodwell’s curiosity alone is enough to spark wanderlust!

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