Synopses & Reviews
Exploring ethnic Tibet independently is a challenge - the ‘land of snows possesses some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia. Motoring, mountain-biking and trekking options are all covered in this new edition. Political and cultural issues make Tibet a sensitive destination for Westerners, so Michael Buckley's authoritative advice includes guidelines on cultural etiquette, local customs, and travelling with minimum impact on Tibet's culture and environment. The chapter on language includes a section covering Tibetan script.
‘The most thumbed of all my books on Tibet. A must-read. - Michael Palin (who used this book on when making the TV series Himalaya)
An authoritative guidebook which gives one a genuine feel for the Tibet of today. … I strongly recommend this guide. - Tibet Society
‘The most thumbed of all my books on Tibet. I might have had some trouble with the yak butter tea, but Buckley made everything else about Tibet wonderfully palatable. A must-read.
Michael Palin (who used this book on the road in Tibet when making the TV series Himalaya)
This book will constitute an important reading material for our officials here but also for the those who consult our office on practical information for travel in Tibet.
Bureau du Tibet, Paris
Michael Buckley has a most attractive, easy style, speaking (he seems to be speaking) as one traveller to another. He is never patronising or pompous, he does not pretend to know what he doesn't know, and he does not flaunt his knowledge; among writers of guidebooks, those are rare achievements... This book is undoubtedly the one I would recommend first for reading before a visit to Tibet. For a visit to central or western Tibet it may also be the best single book to take.
Tony Williams, travel co-ordinator, Australia Tibet Council
The author has written an authoritative guidebook which gives one a genuine feel for the Tibet of today. It is rare to find a guidebook that addresses the situation with so much honesty, and yet this is exactly the sort of explanation a traveller to Tibet needs. I strongly recommend this guide.
This guide to Tibet includes advice on cultural etiquette, local customs, and travelling with minimum impact on Tibets culture and environment.
About the Author
Michael Buckley has travelled widely in Tibet, China, central Asia and the Himalaya, visiting many Tibetan enclaves. He is author of Eccentric Explorers, a book about the exploits of ten fearless adventurers to the Tibetan plateau, and of a travel narrative, Travels in the Tibetan World. For Bradt, he has also authored Shangri-La: A Travel Guide to the Himalayan Dream - a concept guidebook that covers contenders for the Shangri-La crown across the Himalayan range. In the course of numerous journeys to Tibet, Buckley has hitchhiked overland from Chengdu to Lhasa, trekked around Mount Kailash and mountain-biked from Lhasa to Kathmandu.