BlacksmithBooks - Hong Kong independent publishers

Home ] Back ] Our authors ] FAQ ] Ordering ] About us ]

Click for larger image

ISBN: 978-988-19002-1-0
Paperback, 344 pages
Size: 14 x 21.6 cm

Price: HK$128 / US$16.95

Buy from these alternative vendors:



The Great Walk of China
Travels on foot from Shanghai to Tibet
by Graham Earnshaw

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.

NEW! Look inside this book
Click on the following link to view sample pages from The Great Walk of China. You will need a pdf reader to view this excerpt. Prologue

Available in all good bookshops. Or order online securely with any credit or debit card, or with Paypal, by clicking the button on the left. For other methods of payment, see here.


"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

Listen to Matt Driskill's podcast of Graham Earnshaw's talk at the FCC, and Graham's interview on RTHK Radio 3

"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

"Earnshaw 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 trek." Global Times

"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 Emperor's Bones

"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


Blacksmith Books is an imprint of Blacksmith Media Limited
Tel: (+852) 2877 7899  //  5/F, 24 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
* This site is best viewed at a screen resolution of 800x600 or greater *