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Yak butter & black tea :a journey into forbidden Chinaby Wade Brackenbury
Synopses & Reviews
Wade Brackenbury wanted an adventure, and he got the journey of a lifetime. Along with a charismatic photographer named Pascal, Wade went seeking the Drung people, a dwindling minority in the vast empire of China, said to live in an obsure valley in Southern Tibet. No Westerner had been to the Drung valley in over a century. Yak Butter & Black Tea is a story of daring and adventure, offering a fascinating glimpse into a hidden corner of contemporary China. And it is the account of a young man, driven by a compulsion he doesn't understand, as he tests himself in this dangerous, exotic land. "A remarkable account of exploration and adventure in forbidden lands. Travel writing of the old school at its best."--Joe Simpson, author of Dark Shadows Falling and Touch of the Void.
Book News Annotation:
In an attempt to find the Drung people of southern Tibet, the author and a French photojournalist embark on a risky three-year adventure which involves crossing 20,000 foot mountains in China and dealing with the suspicious Chinese government. Based on journal entries, this chronicle offers a glimpse into a little known corner of contemporary China, and portrays a young man, driven by a compulsion he doesn't fully understand, testing himself against unforgiving authority and discovering various aspects of himself. No index.
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Wade Brackenbury wanted an adventure, and he got more than he bargained for.
Along with a rascally photographer named Pascal, Wade went seeking the Drung people, a dwindling minority in the vast empire of modern-day China, said to live in an obscure valley in Southern Tibet near the Burma border. Cut off from the rest of China by 20,000-foot mountains, accessible only when the snow melted in the high passes, forbidden to foreigners by a suspicious Chinese government, no Westerner had been to the Drung valley in over a century.
About the Author
Wade Brackenbury was born in Idaho and lives in Springville, Utah. He has traveled and climbed widely, worked as a mountain guide, taught wilderness survival courses, and worked as a chiropractor. Recently, he served as expedition doctor on a photographic mission up a tributary of the Congo River in Africa.
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