Synopses & Reviews
Exploring ethnic Tibet independently is a challenge. The proverbial "land of snows," it possesses some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia, and so trekking, motoring, and mountain biking are all covered in this new edition. Political and cultural issues make Tibet a sensitive destination for Westerners to visit; Michael Buckley's advice includes guidelines on cultural etiquette, local customs, and traveling with minimum impact on Tibet's environment. Michael Palin, the renowned television personality (Himalaya), described the first edition as: "The most thumbed of all my books on Tibet. I might have had some trouble with the yak butter, but Buckley made everything else about Tibet wonderfully palatable. A must-read." Features include: *Knowledgeable insight into Tibetan culture and history*The holy city of Lhasa in depth, Buddhist monasteries, and pilgrimage sites*Routes through the northern and eastern areas of Kham and Amdo*"Star treks"--high altitude trekking, including the Everest region
"The most thumbed of all my books on Tibet. I might have had some trouble with the yak butter, but Buckley made everything else about Tibet wonderfully palatable. A must-read."--Michael Palin
Tibet has long captured the imagination of intrepid travelers. Here, on the world's most elevated plateau, you can experience the timeless rhythms of the ancient Tibetan civilization: monks chanting in dim prayer halls lit by yak-butter lamps, fiery-eyed pilgrims wending their way around sacred peaks, and hardy nomads herding their yaks. The "Land of Snows" may be blurred by Chinese politics, but Michael Buckley's Tibet gives you the practical advice necessary to sidestep potential obstacles and explore this enigmatic country to the full. Let the adventure begin! *Tibetan people: their history and culture *Golmud to Lhasa--the controversial new railway *Plan your trip with 35 clear maps *Gaze at Everest on a "star trek" *Explore the Kham and Amdo regions without travel permits *Essential phrases in Tibetan and Chinese, with hand gestures
This guide to Tibet covers it all, including customs and cultural etiquette, historic and cultural sites, and the best trekking and mountain biking routes.
About the Author
Michael Buckley is an experienced adventure traveler and author who has explored an extensive area of Central Asia. In the course of journeys to Tibet, he has hitchhiked overland from Chengdu to Lhasa, trekked around Mount Kailash, and mountain-biked from Lhasa to Kathmandu. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Table of Contents
(1) Background Information (2) Practical Information (3) Health and Safety (4) Lhasa (5) Exploring Central Tibet (6) Lhasa to Kathmandu (7) Star Treks (8) Amdo, Kham and East Tibet (9) The Tibetan World (10) Language & Useful Gestures (11) Glossary (12) Further Information