from the mountains of the Tibetan border, the river that is the
symbolic heart of China courses through 3,900 miles of rugged
country before emerging into the oily swells of the East China Sea.
Connecting China''s heartland cities with the volatile coastal
giant, Shanghai, the Yangtze has throughout history also linked
China to the outside world through its nearly 1,000 miles of
navigable waters. To travel those waters is to travel back in
history, to sense the soul of China, and Simon Winchester takes us
with him as he encounters the essence of the nation-its history and
politics, its geography and climate.
engages with the country''s culture and its people in remote and
almost inaccessible places. Winchester recalls his passionate
exploration of the countryside- employing nearly every mode of
transportation, including boat, train, jeep and shoe leather-while
providing important and engaging historical information. This is
travel writing at its best: lively, informative and thoroughly