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Thubron, Colin, Behind the Wall: A Journey Through China [1987] (London: Penguin, 1988).

Winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.

Having learned Mandarin, and travelling alone by foot, bicycle and train, Colin Thubron set off on a 10,000 mile journey from Beijing to Tibet, starting from a tropical paradise near the Burmese border to the windswept wastes of the Gobi desert and the far end of the Great Wall. What Thubron reveals is an astonishing diversity, a land whose still unmeasured resources strain to meet an awesome demand, and an ancient people still reeling from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution.


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