Great Walk of China
Travels on foot
from Shanghai to Tibet
TRAVEL / CHINA
What kind of people would
you meet if you decided to
walk across the world's most populous country?
The Great Walk of China is a journey
into China's heartland, away from its surging coastal
cities, where the
ripples of prosperity are only just beginning to be felt and many find
themselves left behind.
Through his conversations with the people he
meets along the way, the Chinese-speaking Earnshaw paints a portrait of a nation struggling to
come to terms with its newfound identity and its place in the world. Our
wandering guide never backs away from sensitive and sometimes
uncomfortable topics, and captures the essential kindness and generosity
of the Chinese people with brilliant clarity.
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"A journalist's journey
by foot from Shanghai to Tibet offers a fascinating look at a part of
China seldom seen by foreigners."
The Christian Science Monitor
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podcast of Graham Earnshaw's talk at the FCC, and Graham's interview
"After so much legwork
and countless chats, Earnshaw knows China better than most Chinese people
do. Some of his best strolls take him past the massive Three Gorges Dam
and across reform-through-labor prison-farms. Long before the final page,
his readers too know China much better than before."
Cairns Media Magazine
presents a first hand look at the lives and experiences of local
villagers, dealing with the huge transformations of China today...
Earnshaw said that as a long-time reporter in China, he is very interested
in how China and the West interact and that was one of the purposes of his
"A ramble into a country's heart and
soul... Earnshaw's deceptively simple travelogue reveals the complexities
of an eternal China coming to terms with the forces of change.
Lyrical, witty and wise, The Great Walk of China will rank
among the great travel classics."
Adam Williams, author of The
"An on-the-ground portrait of what China is
really like, away from the bright lights of Shanghai and Beijing.
Engagingly written, it stands out in the fast-growing stock of writing
about a country that is still too little understood."
Jonathan Fenby, author of The Penguin History of Modern China