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Xinjiang & Hunza

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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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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

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

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

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

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Beijing

CHN427
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
128
1465429549
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Beijing.
$14.00

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

Odyssey Guide The Silk Road, Xi'an to Kashgar

CAS13
Judy Bonavia
Odyssey Publications
2008
368
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

Buddhism in Chinese History

CHN131
Arthur F Wright
Stanford University Press
1983
144
0804705488
PAPER
Religion
0
0
0
0
A brief overview of the transformation of the culture of pre-modern China by Buddhism and the legacy of Buddhism in modern China, originally presented as a series of six lectures in 1959.
$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

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

Islam After Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia

CAS199
Adeeb Khalid
University of California Press
2014
272
0520282159
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Khalid's nuanced analysis explores the ways in which Central Asia's Muslim societies have been transformed by the Soviet presence in the region.
$31.95

Lost Enlightenment, Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

CAS227
S. Frederick Starr
Princeton University Press
2015
680
0691165858
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Starr brings to life the great flowering of ideas and advances of Central Asia’s medieval enlightenment, showing how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asian societies led the world in trade and were at the vanguard of mathematics, philosophy, history, geology, astronomy and science.
$22.95

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.
$49.99

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 Silk Road, A New History

CAS214
Valerie Hansen
Oxford University Press
2015
320
0190218428
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A professor of Chinese and world history at Yale, Hansen draws on original sources and the latest archaeology for this magnificently illustrated tale of the overland routes across Asia and the life, history, and culture of fabled Silk Road cities Niya, Kucha, Turfan, Samarkand, Chang'an, Dunhuang and Khotan.
$21.95

The Silk Road, A Very Short Introduction

CAS212
James A. Millward
Oxford University Press
2013
168
0199782865
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Millward's pocket history highlights the important exchanges of goods, ideas and spiritualities that traveled the Silk Road, the Mediterranean's link to Persia, India and China.
$11.95

The Silk Roads, A New History of the World

CAS246
Peter Frankopan
Random House
2017
672
1101912375
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Tightly researched and filled with swashbuckling stories, this history by Peter Frankopan looks eastward, showing how the West grew out of a restless desire to access Asian trade.
$20.00

Tracking Bodhidharma, A Journey to the Heart of Chinese Culture

CHN707
Andy Ferguson
Counterpoint
2012
288
1582438250
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Ferguson's evocative journey on the trail of Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, takes him deep into the heart of Chinese culture old and new.
$26.00

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 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

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

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

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

The Emperor Far Away, Travels at the Edge of China

CHN759
David Eimer
Bloomsbury USA
2015
336
1632862492
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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

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

Where the Indus is Young, Midwinter in Baltistan

PKN16
Dervla Murphy
Sickle Moon
2012
270
0719565154
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
For three months Dervla and six-year-old Rachel explore Little Tibet, high in the Karakoram Mountains, traveling on foot and by pony along the Indus Gorge and into nearby valleys. Originally published in 1977.
$35.00

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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

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

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

The Travels of Marco Polo

CAS05
Marco Polo, Cliff Nagel (Translator)
Penguin
2016
480
0241253055
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The memories of a 13th-century journey to China along the Silk Road, among the most famous travel accounts ever. Describing exotic plants, birds, precious gems, silks and spices with a merchant's eye, this superb geographer recounts his 20 years of travel.
$16.00

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

Tribal Rugs

GEN101
Jenny Housego
Interlink Publishing Group
1998
180
156656218x
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This beautifully illustrated book deals with the construction and tradition of tribal rugs.
$19.95

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

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

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

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.
$17.00

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

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

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

Forbidden Journey

CAS101
Ella Maillart
Northwestern University Press
2003
312
0810119854
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Maillart's classic account of her journey with Peter Fleming from Peking across the Taklamaken through Xinjiang to Kashmir.
$22.95

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

Lost Horizon, A Novel

HML73
James Hilton
HarperCollins Publishers
2012
272
0062113720
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First published in 1933, this novel (and subsequent movie) introduced the world to the Himalayan paradise of Shangri-La, which a group of Americans and Englishmen discover after a plane crash.
$15.99

Flashman in the Great Game

CAS120
George MacDonald Fraser
Plume
1995
336
0452263034
PAPER
Literature
3/15/2012
0
0
0
0
What caused the Sepoy Mutiny, a pivotal moment in the Raj? How about Harry Flashman, the reluctant, much-decorated coward, cad and womanizer at the center of George MacDonald Fraser's wildly entertaining, irreverent series of historical novels.
$16.00

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 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