Tibet, 3rd

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Exploring ethnic Tibet independently is a challenge - the ‘land of snows’ possesses some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia. Motoring, mountain-biking and trekking options are all covered in this new edition. Political and cultural issues make Tibet a sensitive destination for Westerners, so Michael Buckley's authoritative advice includes guidelines on cultural etiquette, local customs, and travelling with minimum impact on Tibet's culture and environment. The chapter on language includes a ...

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Overview

Exploring ethnic Tibet independently is a challenge - the ‘land of snows’ possesses some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia. Motoring, mountain-biking and trekking options are all covered in this new edition. Political and cultural issues make Tibet a sensitive destination for Westerners, so Michael Buckley's authoritative advice includes guidelines on cultural etiquette, local customs, and travelling with minimum impact on Tibet's culture and environment. The chapter on language includes a section covering Tibetan script.

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Editorial Reviews

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 ‘The most thumbed of all my books on Tibet. A must-read.’ - Michael Palin (who used this book on when making the TV series Himalaya)

’An authoritative guidebook which gives one a genuine feel for the Tibet of today. … I strongly recommend this guide.’ - Tibet Society

‘The most thumbed of all my books on Tibet. I might have had some trouble with the yak butter tea, but Buckley made everything else about Tibet wonderfully palatable. A must-read.’
Michael Palin (who used this book on the road in Tibet when making the TV series Himalaya)

’This book will constitute an important reading material for our officials here but also for the those who consult our office on practical information for travel in Tibet.’
Bureau du Tibet, Paris

’Michael Buckley has a most attractive, easy style, speaking (he seems to be speaking) as one traveller to another. He is never patronising or pompous, he does not pretend to know what he doesn't know, and he does not flaunt his knowledge; among writers of guidebooks, those are rare achievements... This book is undoubtedly the one I would recommend first for reading before a visit to Tibet. For a visit to central or western Tibet it may also be the best single book to take.’
Tony Williams, travel co-ordinator, Australia Tibet Council

’The author has written an authoritative guidebook which gives one a genuine feel for the Tibet of today. It is rare to find a guidebook that addresses the situation with so much honesty, and yet this is exactly the sort of explanation a traveller to Tibet needs. I strongly recommend this guide.’
Tibet Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841623825
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,375,742
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Buckley has travelled widely in Tibet, China, central Asia and the Himalaya, visiting many Tibetan enclaves. He is author of Eccentric Explorers, a book about the exploits of ten fearless adventurers to the Tibetan plateau, and of a travel narrative, Travels in the Tibetan World. For Bradt, he has also authored Shangri-La: A Travel Guide to the Himalayan Dream – a concept guidebook that covers contenders for the Shangri-La crown across the Himalayan range. In the course of numerous journeys to Tibet, Buckley has hitchhiked overland from Chengdu to Lhasa, trekked around Mount Kailash and mountain-biked from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

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1. ‘Intense' is a word that applies to many aspects of Tibet. It applies to the amazing resilience of the Tibetan people in the face of extreme adversity. Their battle has been largely a pacifist one, of suffering and enduring – a game of ultimate patience and tolerance. 'Intense' captures the feel of the landscape. The intensity of colours at this elevation is extraordinary, with glacial-blue lakes, luminous-yellow fields of mustard, deep reds and browns of barren rock landscapes, and then, up on the horizon, looms an ethereal Himalayan snowcap, backed by piercing blue skies. The colours practically glow: when you show photographs of these landscapes to people who haven't been there, they question the unreal colours – what kind of filter did you use?

2. Tibet is a land of monks and mystery, of high adventure – and high controversy. The ‘land of snows’ boasts the world’s highest peaks and its deepest gorges. Despite Chinese incursions, you can experience the timeless rhythms of the ancient Tibetan civilisation, as nomads herd their yaks, pilgrims make their way around sacred Mount Kailash, and monks chant in prayer halls lit by yak-butter lamps.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION

Chapter1 Background Information: Geography and climate, Ecology, History and politics, Economy and Resources, Population and people, Tibetan language, Tibetan Buddhism, Mythology and the arts, Saving Tibetan culture.

Chapter 2 Practical Information

Plateau highlights, Planning your trip, Getting to Tibet, Getting around, What to take, Money and the Pricing, Lodging and food, Facilities, Ethical guidelines, Dealing with officialdom, Giving something back.

Chapter 3 Health and Safety

Health, Safety and security

PART TWO THE GUIDE

Chapter 4 Lhasa

Chapter 5 Exploring Central Tibet

Chapter 6 Lhasa to Kathmandu Route

Chapter 7 Star Treks

Chapter 8 Amdo, Kham and East Tibet

Chapter 9 The Tibetan World

Appendices and Index

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