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Tibet & China Rail Discovery

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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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Essential Reading Package-EXCHN656

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In Exile from the Land of Snows, The Dalai Lama and Tibet Since the Chinese Occupation

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John Avedon
Vintage Books
2015
391
0804173370
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
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Avedon's masterful, passionate cri de coeur, still the best book on the subject, shows the lives of the Tibetan people at home and in exile since the Chinese takeover in 1950 through the eyes of its leaders, monks and regular people. Originally published in 1984 and now re-released with a new foreword and updated chronology.
$18.95

Peaks on the Horizon, Two Journeys in Tibet

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Charlie Carroll
2015
368
1619024845
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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Two men recount their personal relationships with the volatile and awe-inspiring country of Tibet: an English teacher who, acting on a lifelong obsession, explores the region during sabbatical and a Tibetan exile stranded at the border as he strives to reunite with the love of his life.
$16.95

Understanding China

CHN196
John Bryan Starr
Hill and Wang
2010
400
0809016516
PAPER
History
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0
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A succinct and refreshingly forthright best-selling guide, this third edition discusses the issues at stake in China's present and future.
$17.95

The Mummies of Urumchi

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Elizabeth Wayland Barber
W. W. Norton & Company
2000
240
0393320197
PAPER
Archaeology
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0
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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

China West

CHN767
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2011
1
1566955947
MAP
Reference
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0
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A waterproof and tear-resistant map of west China, including the Himalayas and Tibet, at a scale of 1:2,950,00.
$11.95

Northwest China Map

CHN202
MapLink
MapLink
2002
2
0783498160
MAP
Reference
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0
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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

Lonely Planet Tibet

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Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
352
174220046X
PAPER
Guidebook
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0
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A practical guide to Tibet with maps, features on Tibetan and Mandarin language and notes on Buddhism, Tibetan culture and its rich history.
$29.99

A Historical Atlas of Tibet

TBT169
Karl E. Ryavec
University of Chicago Press
2015
216
0226732444
HARD COVER
History
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0
0
0
At long last, an atlas devoted to the history and culture of Tibet. Ryavec’s stunning collection of maps spans the centuries and the culture of the highest place on Earth -- a "must" for Tibet enthusiasts.
$45.00

Age of Ambition

CHN774
Evan Osnos
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2015
416
0374535272
PAPER
History
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0
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0
Longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker Osnos considers China’s modern struggle: the conflict between a growing need for individualism and the Communist Party’s fight for conformity.
$16.00

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

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Robert Thurman
HarperCollins
1996
317
0062510517
PAPER
Religion
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0
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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

Odyssey Guide Xinjiang

CHN508
Jeremy Tredinnick
Odyssey Publications
2012
304
9622177905
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This beautifully, authoritative illustrated guide covers with authority the archaeological and cultural riches, Silk Road legacy and fascination of China's enormous Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
$29.95

The Great Wall, China Against the World, 1000 BC - 2000 AD

CHN308
Julia Lovell
Grove Press
2007
412
0802118143
PAPER
History
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0
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The Who, Why and Wherefore of the Great Wall, this marvelous history demolishes myths (no, the wall is not a continuous structure of great antiquity, as much of it was built in the 1600s) with fresh insight and wit.
$15.00

Tibet, An Unfinished Story

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Lezlee Brown Halper
Oxford University Press
2014
320
0199368368
HARD COVER
History
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0
0
0
The story of Tibet’s struggle for independence, featuring superpowers China, Russia and the United States and infamous political figures Stalin, Mao Zedong and Indian Prime Minister Nehru.
$29.95

Trespassers on the Roof of the World

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Peter Hopkirk
Kodansha America
1995
288
1568360509
PAPER
History
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0
0
0
Hopkirk's spellbinding history of the uninvited exploration of Tibet from the 19th century to the present, including a fantastic array of Victorian adventurers. His wild tale has as its centerpiece the 1949-1951 invasion by China.
$16.00

Cave Temples of Dunhuang, Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road

CHN811
Neville Agnew
Getty Trust Publications
2016
302
1606064894
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
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0
0
0
Released in conjunction with an exhibit at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, this coffee table collection features images from the Mogao grottoes near Dunhuang and essays by leading scholars.
$59.95

Freedom in Exile, The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama

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Dalai Lama
HarperCollins
1991
320
0060987014
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A vivid self-portrait, told with optimism, great determination, humor and insight.
$15.99

From Heaven Lake, Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

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Vikram Seth
Vintage Books
1987
178
039475218X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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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

My Journey to Lhasa

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Alexandra David-Neel
HarperCollins Publishers
2005
317
0060596554
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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Dressed as a humble pilgrim and traveling under the cover of night, the indomitable 55-year-old David-Neel and her young companion climbed mountains and tricked soldiers in order to ultimately reach Tibet's forbidden capital. Originally published in 1923, this account stands as a riveting portrait of early 20th-century Tibet.
$14.99

My Tibetan Childhood, When Ice Shattered Stone

TBT165
Naktsang Nulo
Duke
2014
356
0822357267
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
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0
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One of the most reprinted books of modern Tibetan literature. Nulo’s memoir takes us on a personal journey through the wartime atrocities of 1950s Tibet and the Chinese invasion.
$26.95

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

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

Seven Years in Tibet

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Heinrich Harrer
Putnam
2009
352
1585427438
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
First published in 1953, this is the riveting account of a young Austrian adventurer and mountaineer who became tutor to the Dalai Lama.
$14.95

The Emperor Far Away, Travels at the Edge of China

CHN759
David Eimer
Bloomsbury USA
2015
336
1632862492
PAPER
Travel Narrative
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0
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Far from China’s major cities in the Islamic areas of the Xinjiang province, in the "forbidden zone" of Tibet and along insecure borders that China shares with Russia and India, Eimer explores the old Chinese adage: "The mountains are high and the emperor far away."
$19.00

Sky Burial, An Epic Love Story of Tibet

CHN282
Xinran
Doubleday
2006
206
0385515480
PAPER
Literature
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0
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Xinran turns the tale of a young Chinese woman's lifelong search for her husband in Tibet, based on an 1994 interview, into a powerful, gut-wrenching tale, evoking the customs, traditions and challenges of contemporary Tibet.
$15.95

Tibetan Folk Tales

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Fredrick Hyde-Chambers (Editor), Audrey Hyde-Chambers (Editor)
Shambhala
2001
186
1570628920
PAPER
Literature
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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

Chinese Wildlife

CHN440
Martin Walters
Bradt Publications
2008
208
1841622206
PAPER
Field Guide
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This compact introduction to birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and plants found from the Tibetan plateau to the deserts, tropical forests and mountains includes 200 color photographs.
$26.99