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To Peking: A Forgotten Journey from Moscow to Manchuria


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When in 1934 at the age of twenty-seven, Peter Fleming set out for the Far East, his ultimate goal was to return from China to India overland - a journey he later described in the classic News from Tartary. On his outward journey Fleming travelled through regions which remain some of the most remote and least-visited in Asia and which, soon after his journey, became closed entirely to westerners. From Moscow, through the Caucasus to the Caspian, on to Samarkand and Tashkent, skirting the edge of Outer Mongolia to Vladivostok and winding his way down to Peking, Fleming tells of people encountered, places explored and of ways of life that have since been lost through revolution, war and the passage of time. Along the way he kept a diary that he never intended to publish and that lay forgotten "In the box-room" of his mind for fifteen years. To Peking is an unassuming classic of travel literature. Subtle yet sparkling with intelligence and humour, simple yet beautifully told, it illuminates a world that travellers - armchair or otherwise - can only dream of today.

About the Author

Peter Fleming (1907-1971) was a journalist and writer and one of the last great adventurers of the 20th century. He began his career as a special correspondent for The Times and later wrote for The Spectator throughout. He served with the Grenadier Guards during World War II and from 1942 was in charge of military deception operations in Southeast Asia, for which he was awarded an OBE. He is author of several classic books, which include Brazilian Adventure, One's Company, News from Tartary and Bayonets to Lhasa. In his memory, The Royal Geographical Society established The Peter Fleming Award for projects that seek to advance geographical science.

Table of Contents

Preface * Foreword * First Stage: To Moscow * Second Stage: To the Caucasus * Third Stage: To Samarkand * Fourth Stage: To Vladivostok * Fifth Stage: To the Mongols * Sixth Stage: To Jehol * Seventh Stage: To Peking and Points South *

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Fleming, Peter
I. B. Tauris & Company
Fleming, Peter
Asia - Far East
Asia - China
Asia - Central
| Travel | Asia
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