My Journey to Lhasa: The Personal Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City

My Journey to Lhasa: The Personal Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City

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My Journey to Lhasa: The Personal Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City by Alexandra David-Neel

 An exemplary travelogue of danger and achievement by the Frenchwoman Madame Alexandra David–Neel of her 1923 expedition to Tibet, the fifth in her series of Asian travels, and her personal recounting of her journey to Lhasa, Tibet's forbidden city.

In order to penetrate Tibet and reach Lhasa, she used her fluency of Tibetan dialects and culture, disguised herself as a beggar with yak hair extensions and inked skin and tackled some of the roughest terrain and climate in the World. With the help of her young companion, Yongden, she willingly suffered the primitive travel conditions, frequent outbreaks of disease, the ever–present danger of border control and the military to reach her goal.

The determination and sheer physical fortitude it took for this woman, delicately reared in Paris and Brussels, is inspiration for men and women alike.

David–Neel is famous for being the first Western woman to have been received by any Dalai Lama and as a passionate scholar and explorer of Asia, hers is one of the most remarkable of all travellers' tales.

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ISBN-13: 9780060596552
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 422,661
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 4.50(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

An indomitable traveler, singer, journalist, and religious adept, Alexandra David-Neel (1868–1969) was awarded a Gold Medal by the Geographical Society of Paris and was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor.

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