What he reveals is an astonishing diversity, a land whose still unmeasured resources strain to meet an awesome demand, and an ancient people still reeling from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution.
"Colin Thubron is an uncannily intuitive, resilient and enterprising traveler. He has wonderful funds of sympathy to bestow, yet can be appropriately cold-eyed. Altogether, he gives the impression of having the potential to become a legend within his own time." --Edward Hoagland...Continua
The writer describes his journey in China in the late 80s, with particular attention to the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese mentality and the cultural differences. Thubron's analyses and introspection might be less deep than a great writer's, nevertheless the information, the curiosities make this book useful and enjoyable for everybody....Continua