The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the

The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze & Back in Chinese Time Rising in the mountains of the Tibetan border, the Yangtze River, the symbolic heart of China pierces , miles of rugged country before debouching into the oily swells of the East China Sea Connecting China s heartland cities with the volatile coastal giant, Shanghai, it has also historically connected China to the outside world through its nearly one thousand 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 along with him as he encounters the essence of China its history and politics, its geography and climate as well as engage in its culture, and its people in remote and almost inaccessible places This is travel writing at its best lively, informative, and thoroughly enchanting


10 thoughts on “The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze & Back in Chinese Time

  1. says:

    At over 3900 miles long the Yangtze is the river that divides China South of the river is the rice growing part of China, and north of it wheat is grown But this divide also brings together the nation, as it supports millions of people livelihoo


  2. says:

    I read a previous book by this author which I enjoyed so I decided to try another and I m glad I did He travels up the Yangtze in this from the ocean to close to its source a bit short of 4000 miles He uses various forms of transport and the trav


  3. says:

    This was a disappointing book Like the tributaries of the Yangtze, multiple disciplines feed into the narrative geography, geology, sociology, politics, commerce and history Winchester admits at the outset that he had difficulty finding a unifying


  4. says:

    Inspired by Ten Thousand Li up the Yangzi River by Wang Hui, a 53 foot long scroll painting, Winchester decides to travel from mouth to source of the Yangtze River, a journey of some 3900 miles.The trip was undertaken mid 90 s which is relevant for


  5. says:

    I m not always a fan of Winchester s style, but this book remains my favorite in his extensive bibliography Drawn to the beauty of Ten thousand li, a stunning 53 foot scroll by Wang Hui, Winchester decides to delve deeper into the massive Yangtze fo


  6. says:

    For someone who lived in Hong Kong for years, speaks Mandarin and wrote this 400 page tome about his voyage up the length of the Yangtze, author Simon Winchester doesn t like China very much He sees Shanghai as a crassly commercial whorehouse , Wuhan


  7. says:

    I wanted to punch this author repeatedly over the course of the book Two stars only because it had a lot of good information, but I ll never be reading another Simon Winchester book again Freaking jerk.


  8. says:

    Fabulous, fascinating once of the most in depth, intriguing travelogues I have read If one day someone asks me if I ve traveled the Yangtze, and I accidentally answer, oh yes, well, this book is the cause.


  9. says:

    Terrific book his travel writing is quite funny, in a dry British way, and the history is well presented, with only a few patches to skim through.


  10. says:

    Simon Winchester is one of my favorite authors, especially his geological themed ones Krakatoa, The Map that Changed the World, and Crack in the Edge of the World since I m a geologist myself This travelogue up the entire Yangtze river is different from


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