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Across the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau

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South of the Clouds, Tales from Yunnan

South of the Clouds, Tales from Yunnan

by Lucien Miller

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 342 PAGES

Featuring memorable tales from throughout the Yunnan Province, this book showcases 54 wonderfully insightful and entertaining stories. (CHN45, $32.95)

Tibet, An Inner Journey

Tibet, An Inner Journey

by Matthieu Ricard

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Ricard draws on his long association with the region and Buddhism for this collection of 191 vivid color photographs of the people and landscapes of Kham, or Eastern Tibet. (TBT113, $19.95)

The Rough Guide to Southwest China

The Rough Guide to Southwest China

by Rough Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

This comprehensive travel guide in the British series covers the cities, traditional communities and travel in Yunnan and the region, including Sichuan, Chongqinng, Guizhou and Guangxi. (CHN701, $25.99)

China South Map

China South Map

by Nelles

  • 2013
  • MAP

A detailed travel map of Southern China, from Taiwan to Hong Kong and the Yunnan Province, at a 1:1,500,000 scale. (CHN27, $13.95)

 
Tibet Map

Tibet Map


by Gizi Map

  • 2011
  • MAP

A colorful map of Tibet at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (TBT17, $9.95)

Lonely Planet Tibetan Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Tibetan Phrasebook


by Sandup Tsering

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A brief guide with place names, pronunciation and common phrases. (TBT52, $8.99)

Odyssey Guide Yunnan

Odyssey Guide Yunnan


by Jim Goodman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 624 PAGES

This comprehensive introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the Yunnan Province features 200 color photographs and 29 maps. (CHN44, $29.95)

Shangri-la: A Practical Guide to the Himalayan Dream

Shangri-la: A Practical Guide to the Himalayan Dream


by Michael Buckley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 191 PAGES

With marvelous chapters on the many meanings and myths surrounding Shangri-La, Buckley's practical guide covers the contenders for this mythical Himalayan paradise in Southwest China, Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. With many maps and color photographs. (HML84, $25.99)

Beyond the Great Wall

Beyond the Great Wall


by Jeffrey Alford | Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 376 PAGES

The globe-trotting duo weave tales of travel with contemporary politics, commentary, carefully documented recipes and stunning photographs for this sumptuous overview of the food and culture of Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Yunnan and other far-off regions of ethnically diverse China. (CHN475, $40.00)

For All the Tea in China, How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

For All the Tea in China, How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History


by Sarah Rose

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Sarah Rose's thrilling tale of empire and the man who stole the secret of tea from China combines biography, geography, botany, science and old-fashioned adventure. (GBR926, $16.00)

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

Essential Tibetan Buddhism


by Robert Thurman

  • RELIGION
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The foremost Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman has chosen well from that tradition's sacred literature and helpfully includes suggested further reading, explanatory notes and a directory of sacred sites. (TBT15, $14.99)

The Age of Wild Ghosts: Memory, Violence, and Place in Southwest China

The Age of Wild Ghosts: Memory, Violence, and Place in Southwest China


by Erik Mueggler

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 361 PAGES

groundbreaking ethnography of the Yi, an ethnic group with a population of seven million in China's Yunnan province. It's also an illuminating study of the wages of communism on China's minority peoples. (CHN168, $33.95)

The Snow Lion and the Dragon, China, Tibet and the Dalai Lama

The Snow Lion and the Dragon, China, Tibet and the Dalai Lama


by Melvyn C. Goldstein

  • HISTORY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 130 PAGES

A brief history of the relationship of China and Tibet in the 20th century. Goldstein, a professor of history and expert on the region, includes a call for the United States to take an active role in mediating a diplomatic solution to the conflict. (TBT23, $26.95)

Understanding China

Understanding China


by John Bryan Starr

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A Yale professor's essential primer on the history, politics and economy of China. A succinct and refreshingly forthright best-selling guide, this third edition brings us right up to date with events in the rapidly evolving nation. (CHN196, $17.95)

Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China

Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China


by Stevan Harrell

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 370 PAGES

A scholarly ethnography of the peoples of Southwest China, including the Nuosu (Yi), Prmi, Naze, and Han. With detailed case studies. (CHN271, $24.95)

Art of Tibet

Art of Tibet


by Robert Fisher

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A concise survey of the culture and religion of Tibet as expressed through its art. With 200 illustrations of monasteries, painting and sculpture throughout the country. (TBT13, $21.95)

Among Flowers, A Walk in the Himalaya

Among Flowers, A Walk in the Himalaya


by Jamaica Kincaid

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

An atmospheric account of celebrated writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid's journey to Nepal and the Himalayas with a small team of botanists. (HML62, $10.95)

Among Warriors, A Martial Artist in Tibet


by Pamela Logan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

The account of an aerospace scientist turned adventurer and her quest to reach the Khampa warrior horseman of Eastern Tibet. (TBT51, $14.95)

Kosher Chinese, Living, Teaching, and Eating With China's Other Billion

Kosher Chinese, Living, Teaching, and Eating With China's Other Billion


by Michael Levy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

Levy overcomes certain cultural differences - and becomes obsessed with others - while a Peace Corps volunteer in Guiyang, capital of the Guizhou province in rural China. (CHN685, $17.00)

Leaving Mother Lake

Leaving Mother Lake


by Yang Erche Namu | Christine Mathieu

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this entrancing memoir, Chinese singing sensation Namu recounts her coming-of-age among the matriarchal Mosuo people in Southwest China near the Chinese-Tibetan border. (CHN270, $15.00)

Lost on Planet China

Lost on Planet China


by J. Maarten Troost

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Lost on Planet China finds the irrepressible J. Maarten Troost dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai; eating Yak in Tibet; deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as Cattle Penis with Garlic); and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange). He's not just funny, he's a guide to mixed-up modern China. (CHN496, $16.00)

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong


by Jonathan Spence

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Yale sinologist, writer and historian Spence tracks the life of the architect of the People's Republic from his provincial upbringing to his savage three-decade rule. (CHN66, $15.00)

Red Dust, A Path Through China

Red Dust, A Path Through China


by Ma Jian | Flora Drew

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

An astounding memoir by an urban poet, painter and writer on the road to Tibet. A vagabond, rebel and Buddhist, Jian abandons his Beijing life for a three-year southwestern journey through Tibet, Burma and Guizhou Province. (CHN150, $16.00)

Tea Horse Road, China's Ancient Trade Road to Tibet

Tea Horse Road, China's Ancient Trade Road to Tibet


by Michael Freeman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 340 PAGES

Starting in tea forests in the mountains of southern Yunnan, through Tibet and into India, this lavishly illustrated account documents the rich cultural practices and biological diversity of the communities along the Tea Horse Road. (CHN699, $65.00)

The Voice That Remembers: A Tibetan Woman's Inspiring Story of Survival

The Voice That Remembers: A Tibetan Woman's Inspiring Story of Survival


by Ama Adhe

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Ama Adhe recounts with dignity and clarity her 27 years in prison for supporting the Khampa resitance to the Chinese takeover of Tibet. (TBT102, $16.95)

In the Land of the Blue Poppies

In the Land of the Blue Poppies


by Frank Kingdon-Ward | Tom Christopher | Jamaica Kincaid

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

Expert Tom Christopher presents excerpts from intrepid Kingdon-Ward's fascinating accounts of plant-hunting adventures in Tibet, Burma and the Himalayas in the early 20th century. (ASA35, $19.00)

The Remote Country of Women

The Remote Country of Women


by Bai Hua

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

Bai Hua alternates the tale of a young Mosuo girl in China's mountainous southwest with that of a political prisoner during the Cultural revolution in this absorbing novel. (CHN310, $24.00)

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