Cadogan Guide: China, the Silk Routesby Peter Neville-Hadley
This indispensable guide to Western China and beyond takes you by bus, train, jeep and donkey cart down busy highways and unsurfaced back roads rarely visited by foreigners, around desert fringes, through remote border crossings and over high passes to the ancient bazaars of Chinese Central Asia. From Beijing and Xian in the east and Islamabad, Bishkek and Almaty in the west, it helps you to make your own way along the tangle of old trade routes that connect them.
intelligent, entertaining introductions to the traders, explorers, military expeditions and migrations that preceded you
in-depth coverage of the sights from the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall to remote Buddhist cave temples
immensely detailed, practical advice on acquiring awkward visas, deciphering Chinese menus, buying tickets, avoiding overcharging, haggling for souvenirs, picking the right hotels
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