Synopses & Reviews
Rising in the mountains of the Tibetan border, the symbolic heart of China pierces 3,900 miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea. Connecting China's heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand miles of navigable waters. To travel those waters is to travel back in history, to sense the soul of China, and Simon Winchester takes us along with him as he encounters the essence of China--its history and politics, its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture, and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places. This is travel writing at its best: lively, informative, and thoroughly enchanting.
An account of the author's journey from the mouth of the Yangste River in China, to its source. This story of the river, its cities and their people, is built around the author's quest to discover something of the essence of China and her people, the Yangste River being China's soul and centre.
Evocative account of a 3,900 mile journey up the Yangtze River in China; a difficult passage through remote regions. Some 500 million people live and work along the river's banks, and Winchester records their history, politics, hardships and ways of life with a natural storyteller's flair.