The Yangzi River

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From the wild windswept snowfields of its source in Tibet, to the rich farmlands of its delta on the Yellow Sea, the mighty Yangzi has always had symbolic and practical significance for the Chinese. They refer to it simply as Changjiang, or Long River. Stretching for nearly 4,000 miles, the Yangzi is China's main artery, supporting a third of its people; it also serves as the country's main commercial waterway. This detailed guide to the river and its environs includes practical information of sights and ...
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Overview

From the wild windswept snowfields of its source in Tibet, to the rich farmlands of its delta on the Yellow Sea, the mighty Yangzi has always had symbolic and practical significance for the Chinese. They refer to it simply as Changjiang, or Long River. Stretching for nearly 4,000 miles, the Yangzi is China's main artery, supporting a third of its people; it also serves as the country's main commercial waterway. This detailed guide to the river and its environs includes practical information of sights and accommodation. Illustrated by exceptional color photography and informative maps and plans, it is an essential companion for anyone with an interest in China. There is also a selection of literary excerpts, from authors such as Paul Theroux and Han Suyin, to enrich the reader's understanding of China's Long River. 39 color photographs, 14 maps and plans.

• Sixth edition: fully revised and updated

• Detailed guide to the river and its environs

• Extensively illustrated with stunning color photography supplemented by specially drawn maps and plans

• Special topics and literary excerpts

• Authoritative authors

• Comprehensive list of recommended web sites for further research and reading

Author Biography: Judy Bonavia was born in Perth, Western Australia. She spent some 30 years in Asia, living in Vietnam, Hong Kong and China where she traveled extensively. Fluent in written and spoken Mandarin, she also wrote the Odyssey Illustrated Guide to the Silk Road. During the 1990s she spent some years in Argentina studying Andean culture while continuing to work on a book about the minority peoples of China. She is now resident in Zimbabwe. Peter Neville-Hadley first visited China in 1986, returning repeatedly to investigate new areas while improving his Mandarin. Abandoning a London-based career in arts marketing, he turned to writing about China, first contributing to the second edition of Cadogan Guides' Central Asia, and then spending two years researching and writing China: The Silk Routes for the same publisher. He has since revisited China to fulfill commissions for the Sunday Times, and has also written on Beijing, the Yellow River, Hong Kong and other destinations in China for various publications.

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South China Morning Post
[A] great guide to the famous Chinese river. It is also beautifully illustrated.
Traveller
Concise, highly readable general guide. Well illustrated in color.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789622176072
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Series: Odyssey Passport Series
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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