Katherine Stevens, July 25, 2012 (view all comments by Katherine Stevens)
Ever wanted to go to China but can't afford it? Well, this is the perfect book, because, unlike some travel books, it won't make you jealous of the author who did go. It will, in fact, make you never, ever, ever want to go to China (even though it's probably changed heavily in the last 20 years). From packed, dirty, freezing cold, vomit-filled bus trips through the high desert to fun with Chinese bureaucracy (they really put the red in red tape), this is a great book not just for fans of Fleming's The News from Tartary, which the book tries and fails to copy, itinerary-wise, but for sadists as well.
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