The present volume is based on travel writings and letters. Annette Bräker and Horst H. Geerken take us with them on a more than 3000-kilometre journey from Pakistan through the Hunza Valley to Kashgar in Xinjiang and back to Pakistan. The book deals with the history, culture and peoples of the Hunza Valley and Xinjiang. As well as with historical facts the book is larded with amusing anecdotes about their experiences. It is an amusing and humorous, but also informative read.
Tales of the Silk Road describes one of the author's several journeys between Europe and the Orient. The trip sought routes taken by Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, and Papal emissaries. Beginning in Venice, as did Polo, the path led mostly overland through Anatolia and Central Asia and China before proceeding to Islamabad via the Karakoram Highway and the Khunjerab Pass. Tales of the Silk Road mixes travel descriptions of exotic lands with careful social assessments and intense personal experiences. Historical context supports the tales.
Antiquities dealers--and former spouses--Nellie Mackenzie and Taylor Jackson are at opposite ends of the Karakoram Highway. Nellie is headed north through tribal Pakistan, where vengeance killings are a way of life, and Jackson is headed south where smuggling national treasures is a capital offense. An unsolved murder lies between them.
Far from the glittering cities of Beijing and Shanghai, China's borderlands are populated by around one hundred million people who are not Han Chinese. For many of these restive minorities, the old Chinese adage 'the mountains are high and the Emperor far away', meaning Beijing's grip on power is tenuous and its influence unwelcome, continues to resonate. Travelling through China's most distant and unknown reaches, David Eimer explores the increasingly tense relationship between the Han Chinese and the ethnic minorities. Deconstructing the myths represented by Beijing, Eimer reveals a shocking and fascinating picture of a China that is more of an empire than a country.
The Rough Guide to China is the definitive guide to this fascinating nation, with precise maps and detailed coverage of all the country's best attractions. This book will help you delve into China's greatest treasures, whether you're climbing mountains in Tibet, exploring ancient temples in Xi'an or clubbing in Shanghai. Find detailed practical advice on the best things to see and do, with up-to-date descriptions of the top hotels, restaurants and shops for all budgets. The Rough Guide to China also includes in-depth background on China's history and culture, and a language section to help you get in touch with the people. China is one of the world's oldest civilizations, and its newest great power; this book will help you understand and explore this extraordinary destination. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to China. Now available in ePub format.
*** The Great Pyramid in the Himalaya *** In 'Thoth, Architect of the Universe' Ralf discovered evidence for megalithic maps. But if these megalithic maps are to be of any use in a quest for the mythical Hall of Records, then they need to be a little more detailed than a simple representation of continents. Luckily, the shaft angles inside the Great Pyramid can refine these maps down to just a few tens of meters. And so Ralf embarked on a long trek into the high Himalaya, to see what lay at the heart of the Giza map. Strangely enough, what he found there was a giant snow-white pyramid, aligned with the cardinal points, with a causeway aligned at 14º from its base - exactly the same as the Great Pyramid itself. Sequel to "Thoth, Architect of the Universe". v3.6
The Silk Road conjures up images of romance and mystery. This illustrated history of the trade connections that linked the Mediterranean world with China is a must for those interested in the Silk Road as a travel destination and for those who love adventure.