Tibet (Bradt Travel Guides Series)

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Exploring ethnic Tibet independently is a challenge. The proverbial "land of snows," it possesses some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia, and so trekking, motoring, and mountain biking are all covered in this new edition. Political and cultural issues make Tibet a sensitive destination for Westerners to visit; Michael Buckley's advice includes guidelines on cultural etiquette, local customs, and traveling with minimum impact on Tibet's environment. Michael Palin, the renowned television ...

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Overview

Exploring ethnic Tibet independently is a challenge. The proverbial "land of snows," it possesses some of the wildest and roughest road routes in high Asia, and so trekking, motoring, and mountain biking are all covered in this new edition. Political and cultural issues make Tibet a sensitive destination for Westerners to visit; Michael Buckley's advice includes guidelines on cultural etiquette, local customs, and traveling with minimum impact on Tibet's environment. Michael Palin, the renowned television personality (Himalaya), described the first edition as: "The most thumbed of all my books on Tibet. I might have had some trouble with the yak butter, but Buckley made everything else about Tibet wonderfully palatable. A must-read."

 

Features include:

 

*Knowledgeable insight into Tibetan culture and history

*The holy city of Lhasa in depth, Buddhist monasteries, and pilgrimage sites

*Routes through the northern and eastern areas of Kham and Amdo

*"Star treks"--high altitude trekking, including the Everest region

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841621647
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Buckley is an experienced adventure traveler and author who has explored an extensive area of Central Asia. In the course of journeys to Tibet, he has hitchhiked overland from Chengdu to Lhasa, trekked around Mount Kailash, and mountain-biked from Lhasa to Kathmandu. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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"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--suffering, enduring--a game of ultimate patience and tolerance. "Intense" captures the feel of the landscape. The intensity of colors 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 colors practically glow: when you show photographs of these landscapes to people who haven't been there, they question the unreal colors--"What kind of filter did you use?"

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Table of Contents

(1) Background Information (2) Practical Information (3) Health and Safety (4) Lhasa (5) Exploring Central Tibet (6) Lhasa to Kathmandu (7) Star Treks (8) Amdo, Kham and East Tibet (9) The Tibetan World (10) Language & Useful Gestures (11) Glossary (12) Further Information

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