Behind the Wall, Paperback Book
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Having learned Mandarin, and travelling alone by foot, bicycle and train, Colin Thubron set off on a 10,000 mile journey from Beijing to the borders of Burma.

He travelled through the wind-swept wastes of the Gobi desert and finished at 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780099459323

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Colin Thubron is not my favorite travel writer -- he seems to think he knows how to travel better than anyone else, so it's easy to spend your reading time feeling annoyed with his attitude rather than appreciative of the places he's been. Still, this look at China immediately after the Cultural Revolution is an informative and sometimes touching read.

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