Chinese Adventure: A Ride Along the Great Wallby Robin Hanbury-Tenison
This is the story of a unique journey in which the explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison and his wife Louella rode on horseback alongside the Great Wall of China in 1986. On a series of Chinese horses, and often spending up to twelve hours a day in the saddle, they covered a distance of a thousand miles through regions of China still closed to foreigners. In their leather chaps and floppy Camargue hats, they were objects of intense curiosity to the Chinese people whom they encountered in their spectacular three-and-a-half month journey through China. Despite endless difficulties with reluctant officialdom, the Hanbury-Tenisons managed to get permission to travel long sections of the Wall from the Yellow Sea in the east to the edge of the Gobi desert in the west. They had a support crew of a Chinese interpreter, a driver and a cook, who doubled as a bodyguard. It was the first time that the Chinese authorities had sanctioned such a journey. Escaping the roads and towns and industrial landscape, the Hanbury-Tenisons saw a China and its people that few foreigners have ever seen. From their experience of riding alone across this vast country, away from towns and organized groups, we gain a fresh insight into the past and present of the oldest civilization on earth.
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