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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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Insight Guide Silk Road

CAS200
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2017
464
1786715937
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
From Xi’an across Central Asia to Turkey, this gorgeously illustrated guide covers the sweep of the Silk Road.
$24.99

Life Along the Silk Road

CAS44
Susan Whitfield
University of California Press
2015
312
0520280598
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
With insight, scholarship and dramatic flair, Susan Whitfield recounts the lives of ten diverse individuals on the ancient Silk Road, including four tales set in Dunhuang. With a superb 15-page history of Central Asia.
$29.95

China North Map

CHN40
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2009
2
3865740162
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed travel map of North China, at a scale of 1:1,750,000.
$13.95

China Adventure Map

CHN06
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
2
1553411706
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided, full-color map of China, at a useful scale of 1:4,375,000, which shows roads and cities. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper.
$11.95

Northwest China Map

CHN202
MapLink
MapLink
2002
2
0783498160
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This bird's-eye map takes in the region from Dunhuang west across the Taklamakan to Almaty, Bishkek and the Pamirs. With shaded relief, archaeological sites, roads, tracks and paths, railroads and trade routes.
$9.95

Silk Road Countries Map, Central Asia

CAS100
Gizi Map
2003
2
9632041380
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map covering the Silk Roads and surrounding territories from western China and India across Asia to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Black Sea at a scale of 1:3,000,000.
$14.95

The Ancient Silk Road Map

ASA58
Odyssey Maps
Odyssey Maps
2011
2
9622177883
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Three large annotated color maps, which include dozens of photographs, expert commentary and illustrated Silk Road sites.
$15.00

Lonely Planet Beijing

CHN47
Damian Harper
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
288
1786575205
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Beijing features maps, an overview of culture, history and nature, and a good deal of nuts-and-bolts information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. There's even a section on the locally spoken dialect of Mandarin.
$22.99

Odyssey Guide The Silk Road, Xi'an to Kashgar

CAS13
Judy Bonavia
Odyssey Publications
2008
352
9622177611
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With photographs, maps, essays and lively sidebars on people, literature, food, religion, nature and customs, this is a terrific guide.
$24.95

Odyssey Guide Xi'an, Shaanxi & the Terracotta Army

CHN34
Kevin Bishop
Odyssey Publications
2009
336
9622178006
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
With color photographs, insightful essays on culture and history, site plans and places of interest in and around China's ancient capital.
$24.95

The Silk Roads, A Route and Planning Guide

CAS21
Paul Wilson
Trailblazer
2011
447
1905864329
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to the network of ancient trade routes extending from Turkey and the Mideast across Central Asia to China.
$24.95

Empires of the Silk Road

CAS171
Christopher I. Beckwith
Princeton University Press
2011
504
0691150346
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Beckwith rescues Central Asia from the periphery of world affairs with flair and scholarship, depicting millennia of empires, trade and cultural life on the Silk Road.
$16.95

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

TBT15
Robert Thurman
HarperCollins
1996
317
0062510517
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.99

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road

CAS22
Peter Hopkirk
University of Massachusetts Press
1984
252
0870234358
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Hopkirk's rousing tale of Sven Hedin and other larger-than-life archaeological raiders of the early 20th century captures the excitement of discovery -- and the glories of the Silk Road.
$26.95

Religions of the Silk Road

CAS52
Richard C. Foltz
St. Martins
2010
208
0230621252
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A scholarly survey of cultural traditions, and especially religions, along the trade routes through China and Central Asia from antiquity to the 15th century.
$34.00

Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants on the Silk Road

CAS111
Luce Boulnois, Helen Loveday (Translator)
Odyssey Publications
2011
575
9622177212
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A history and guide to the Silk Road, organized chronologically and featuring a nice selection of contemporary photographs.
$19.95

The Great Game

CAS09
Peter Hopkirk
Kodansha America
1994
565
1568360223
PAPER
History
0
1
1
0
Hopkirk's spellbinding account of the great struggle for European supremacy in Central Asia takes us over the high mountain passes and through the scorching deserts and caravan towns of the Silk Road, capturing the glamour, intrigue, treachery and adventure of the time.
$18.00

The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia

ASA36
Frances Wood
University of California Press
2004
270
0520243404
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Wood draws on hundreds of archival photographs, manuscripts and paintings from the British Library in telling this lively story of the art, culture and history of diverse trade routes.
$30.95

The Terra Cotta Army, China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation

CHN518
John Man
Da Capo Press
2008
304
030681840X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Man recounts the 1974 discovery of the 8,000 terra cotta soldiers and uses the legend, lore and facts associated with Emperor Qin's Tomb to speculate about the mysterious emperor himself.
$19.99

The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China

CHN126
William Lindesay
Odyssey Publications
2008
32
9622174876
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A beautiful introduction to the extraordinary tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China, this concise visual overview features richly colored illustrations and photographs accompanied by detailed captions.
$12.95

Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond

CAS113
Kenneth Nebenzahl
Phaidon Press
2011
176
0714844098
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This visually stunning collection of 80 rare illuminated manuscripts, early modern masterpieces and archival maps traces two millennia of exploration across Asia.
$29.95

The Arts of China

CHN16
Michael Sullivan
University of California Press
2008
352
0520255690
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A lively survey of Chinese visual arts and culture through the ages, thoroughly illustrated and accessible. With a new chapter on the 20th century and beyond, this fifth edition covers bronzes, ceramics, painting and architecture from the Neolithic to now.
$42.95

The Mummies of Urumchi

CAS34
Elizabeth Wayland Barber
W. W. Norton & Company
2000
240
0393320197
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A look at the ancient culture of the Silk Road based on the extraordinarily well-preserved Caucasoid mummies unearthed in Urumchi in the Tarim Basin of Central Asia.
$24.95

From Heaven Lake, Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

HML19
Vikram Seth
Vintage Books
1987
178
039475218X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An unconventional, award-winning travelogue of a 1981 trip to India from China via the Himalayas by the marvelous Indian novelist Vikram Seth.
$15.00

Frontiers of Heaven, A Journey to the End of China

CHN237
Stanley Stewart
Lyons Press
2006
232
1592287913
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A British journalist with wanderlust and a way with the pen, Stewart recounts his rough journey halfway across Asia from Shanghai to Xinjiang along the Great Wall. A Thomas Cook Travel Book of the Year.
$14.95

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

CAS106
Jack Weatherford
Crown
2005
352
0609809644
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Weatherford interweaves his own travels and field work on the Central Asian steppe, much of it on horseback, with a lively portrait of Genghis Khan and the world of the medieval Mongols.
$16.00

In Xanadu, A Quest

CAS50
William Dalrymple
Vintage Books
2012
314
1864501731
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An intrepid traveler and entertaining writer, Dalrymple deftly observes the people and places he encounters on a journey from Jerusalem across Central Asia to China along the Silk Road, ending, like Marco Polo, at Xanadu, the summer palace of Kubla Khan.
$15.95

News from Tartary

CAS46
Peter Fleming
Northwestern University Press
1999
384
0810160714
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Fleming's rousing account of a 3,500-mile jaunt from Peking to Sinkiang and on to India, a classic of imperial British wit and style.
$18.95

Night Train to Turkistan: Modern Adventures Along China's Ancient Silk Road

CAS77
Stuart Stevens
Grove Press
1988
239
0871131900
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An entertaining account of hard travel from Beijing to Kashgar, following the route of Peter Fleming and his classic News from Tartary.
$13.00

Riding the Iron Rooster

CHN133
Paul Theroux
Mariner Books
2006
528
0618658971
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A wry account of utterly exhausting, exasperating travels, mostly by rail, throughout China for an entire year. Theroux gets himself to every corner of the huge country and includes memorable passages on his experiences in Mongolia, Xinjiang, Manchuria and Tibet (where his journey ended).
$16.95

Shadow of the Silk Road

CAS133
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins
2008
363
0061231770
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Thubron returns to Central Asia in this lyrical, erudite account of a 7,000-mile trek across Asia, visiting archaeological sites, people and cities from Xi'an and Dunhuang to Samarkand, Bukhara, Afghanistan and Iran.
$15.99

The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang

ASA31
Sally Wriggins
Perseus
2003
352
0813365996
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A nicely illustrated account of an extraordinary, 16-year trek from Xi'an to India by way of Central Asia in search of the origins of Buddhism by Xuan-Zang, the famous 7th-century Chinese monk.
$25.00

To a Mountain in Tibet

TBT134
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins
2012
256
0061768278
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The intrepid, soulful Colin Thubron journeys from Nepal to Kailash, the revered mountain, "source of the universe, created from cosmic waters and the mind of Brahma," in his most revealing book yet. A New York Times Notable Book.
$15.99

Red Poppies

TBT61
Alai, Howard Goldblatt (Translator), Sylvia Li-Chun Lin (Translator)
Mariner Books
2003
433
0618340696
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This family saga unfolds in the 1930s among the warlords of eastern Tibet.
$24.95

Tibetan Folk Tales

TBT59
Fredrick Hyde-Chambers (Editor), Audrey Hyde-Chambers (Editor)
Shambhala
2001
186
1570628920
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This anthology of legends and fables, handed down by generations of storytellers, includes the Tibetan creation myth, Buddhist tales and the famous epic of hero King Gesar of Ling.
$21.00

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The Lost Heart of Asia

CAS07
Colin Thubron
HarperCollins Publishers
2008
374
0061577677
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this classic narrative, Thubron recounts his travels to Samarkand, Bukhara and throughout Central Asia in the wake of the breakup of the Soviet Union. A fine writer, intrepid traveler and insightful observer, he's an outstanding guide to the history, people and culture of the region.
$15.99

The Rise and Rule of Tamerlane

CAS11
Beatrice Forbes Manz
Cambridge University Press
1999
231
0521633842
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A portrait of the great nomadic conqueror who rose to power in 1370 on the ruins of the Mongol Empire and led campaigns from Moscow to Delhi.
$35.99

The Forbidden City, Center of Imperial China

CHN32
Gilles Beguin, Dominique Morel
Gardners Books
1997
144
0810928221
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. With a useful chronology and a carefully chosen selection of writings over the ages, it's an indispensable guide to the Forbidden City and the history of Imperial China.
$15.95

Odyssey Guide Uzbekistan

CAS23
Calum MacLeod, Bradley Mayhew
Odyssey Publications
2014
393
9622178375
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise introduction to Uzbekistan, its history, culture and attractions, featuring full-color maps and excellent photography. Covering Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent.
$27.95

Central Asia Map

CAS37
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2011
2
3886186644
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An up-to-date, double-sided shaded relief map at a scale of 1:1,750,000.
$13.95

The Search for Ancient China

CHN69
Corinne Debaine-Francfort
Thames & Hudson UK
1999
160
050030095X
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
With information on everything from jewelry to emperors' tombs and terracotta warriors, the Great Wall and the dazzling 400-year history of the Han Empire, this shirt-pocket survey of discovery features 150 illustrations.
$15.95

Lonely Planet Central Asia

CAS42
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2014
512
1741799538
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive, detailed guide to travel in the region, including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
$34.99

A Field Guide to the Birds of China

CHN85
John MacKinnon, Karen Phillipps (Illustrator)
Oxford University Press
2000
586
0198549407
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive field guide to the birds of China, featuring 128 color plates illustrating 1,300 species of birds. Contains introductory chapters on the history of ornithology in China, biogeography, and conservation.
$124.00

A History of Inner Asia

CAS51
Svat Soucek
Cambridge University Press
2000
384
0521657040
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A compact, accessible introduction to the history of Eurasia from the arrival of Islam to Russian conquest, covering the present-day countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Sinkiang and Mongolia. With 13 maps and dynastic charts.
$45.99

The Tarim Mummies, Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West

CAS58
J.P. Mallory, Victor H. Mair
Thames & Hudson
2008
190
0500051011
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A magnificently illustrated account of the Tarim mummies -- Bronze Age inhabitants of the Taklamakan Desert along the Silk Road.
$36.40

Sir Aurel Stein, Archaeological Explorer

CAS61
Jeanette Mirsky
University of Chicago Press
1998
585
0226531775
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Mirsky captures the excitement, derring-do, fortunes and controversy surrounding Stein's discovery of tombs, temples and monasteries and other ancient treasures of the Silk Road.
$30.00

Ultimate Journey, Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment

CAS64
Richard Bernstein
Alfred Knopf
2002
352
0679781579
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this journey of self-discovery, Bernstein travels across Central Asia from China to India, loosely in the footsteps of the seventh-century Buddhist monk Hsuan Tang. An engaging, informative account of travels.
$16.00

Conquering the Desert of Death, Across the Taklamakan

CAS68
Charles Blackmore, Peter Hopkirk (Introduction)
St. Martins
2008
268
1845115821
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Blackmore's vivid account of tenacity and courage is all the better for its matter of fact detail and generous credit to the Uyghur camel handlers who made it possible.
$18.00

Monkey, A Journey to the West

ASA32
David Kherdian
Shambhala
2005
224
1590302583
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The 16th-century Chinese epic of adventure and pilgrimage, brilliantly retold by David Kheridan. It's the wild tale of the encounters of the rogue-trickster Monkey and his Buddhist companion Tripitaka on the Silk Road.
$16.95

Buddhism in China: A Historical Survey

CHN151
Kenneth Ch'en
Princeton University Press
1972
560
0691000158
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A well organized, scholarly history of the development of Mahayana Buddhism in China, originally published in 1964.
$75.00

Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting

CHN152
Richard Barnhart (Editor), Yang Xin (Editor)
Yale University Press
2002
400
0300094477
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An oversize, nicely illustrated survey of Chinese art traditions with contributions by leading specialists and 300 well chosen color illustrations.
$60.00

Kazakhstan Map

CAS107
Gizi Map
2002
1
9630083159
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This excellently detailed map of Kazakhstan extends well beyond the borders to include Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, as well as part of western China.
$14.95

Inside China

CHN444
Jonathan Spence (Contributor)
National Geographic
2007
272
1426201265
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
The editors at National Geographic pair a breathtaking selection of historic and contemporary photographs with essays by six experts for this visually striking portrait of China.
$50.00

Eurasian Crossroads, A History of Xinjiang

CHN469
James A. Millward
Columbia University Press
2009
352
0231139241
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Millward's engaging survey of Xinjiang's rich environmental, cultural and ethno-political heritage will appeal travelers, students and anyone eager to learn about this strategic crossroads at the center of Asia.
$45.00

Lonely Planet Discover China

CHN674
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
348
1786578875
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Focusing on must-see and memorable places and experiences, this all-color guide by the discerning editors at Lonely Planet features hundreds of color photographs and maps, suggested tours and itineraries along with not-to-be-missed places to stay, eat, shop and see.
$24.99

For Kids

Emperor's Silent Army, Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China

CHN182
Jane O'Connor
Viking
2002
48
0670035122
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Visually engaging and informative, this book introduces the Terracotta Army of the first Qin emperor to middle readers.
$17.99

Marco Polo for Kids, His Marvelous Journey to China

CHN189
Janis Herbert
Chicago Review Press
2001
144
1556523777
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Travel along with the famous Venetian and do some things he may have done.
$17.95

Lin Yi's Lantern, A Moon Festival Tale

CHN695
Brenda Williams
Barefoot Books
2009
32
1846861470
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
When his mother sends him to the market to buy necessities for the upcoming festival, Lin Yi is certain his bargaining skills will get him the best prices and he will have money left over for his coveted red rabbit lantern.
$16.99