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The Emperor Far Away

Travels at the Edge of China
Eimer, David (Book - 2014)
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In 1949, Mao Zedong announced the birth of the People’s Republic of China, a proclamation to the world that, after centuries of war and social conflict, China had emerged as one nation. Since then, this idea has been propagated by broadcasts of marches and mass demonstrations of unity, designed for the benefit of the international community. For many living in the vast country, however, the old Chinese adage holds true: “the mountains are high and the emperor is far away.” Bordered by fourteen countries, China could be thought of as more a continent than a country, and yet it is ruled as one and treated so by political and financial commentators, who refer to a traditionally “Chinese” way of life. Few Westerners make it far beyond the major cities, and the Chinese government has made it difficult to do so. David Eimer undertook a dangerous journey to China’s unexplored frontiers, to the outer reaches where Beijing's power has little influence. His chronicle shines new light on the world’s most populous country, showing clearly that China remains in many ways a divided state.
Authors: Eimer, David
Title: The Emperor far away
travels at the edge of China
Statement of Responsibility: David Eimer
Edition: First U.S. edition
Publisher: New York, NY :, Bloomsbury,, 2014
Branch Call Number: 915.104 EIM
Characteristics: xii, 322 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2014"--Title-page verso
Summary: In 1949, Mao Zedong announced the birth of the People’s Republic of China, a proclamation to the world that, after centuries of war and social conflict, China had emerged as one nation. Since then, this idea has been propagated by broadcasts of marches and mass demonstrations of unity, designed for the benefit of the international community. For many living in the vast country, however, the old Chinese adage holds true: “the mountains are high and the emperor is far away.” Bordered by fourteen countries, China could be thought of as more a continent than a country, and yet it is ruled as one and treated so by political and financial commentators, who refer to a traditionally “Chinese” way of life. Few Westerners make it far beyond the major cities, and the Chinese government has made it difficult to do so. David Eimer undertook a dangerous journey to China’s unexplored frontiers, to the outer reaches where Beijing's power has little influence. His chronicle shines new light on the world’s most populous country, showing clearly that China remains in many ways a divided state.
Contents: Part 1: Xinjiang- the new frontier
Part 2: Tibet- the wild west
Part 3: Yunnan- trouble in paradise
Part IV: Dongbei- pushing the boundaries
Subject Headings: Eimer, David Travel China China Boundaries Travel China Description and travel
ISBN: 9781620403631 (hbk.)
1620403633 (hbk.)
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-310) and index
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"The Beijing correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph describes his trip to the remotest parts of the country far away from the capital, including the Islamic area of Xinjiang province, the forbidden zone of Tibet and Route 219, which borders India." Armchair Travel August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/64965980-43c5-4ed5-a895-2f447baa5413?postId=13cca37c-c72d-4631-8aee-90ff571fa742

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