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South Of The Yangtze

Author : Bill Porter
ISBN : 9781619028845
Genre : Travel
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Chinese civilization first developed 5,000 years ago in North China along the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. And the Yellow River remained the center of Chinese civilization for the next 4,000 years. Then a thousand years ago, this changed. A thousand years ago, the center of Chinese civilization moved to the Yangtze. And the Yangtze, not the Yellow River, has remained the center of its civilization. A thousand years ago, the Chinese came up with a name for this new center of its civilization. They called it Chiangnan, meaning "South of the River," the river in question, of course, being the Yangtze. The Chinese still call this region Chiangnan. Nowadays it includes the northern parts of Chekiang and Kiangsi provinces and the southern parts of Anhui and Kiangsu. And some would even add the northern part of Hunan. But it’s not just a region on the map. It’s a region in the Chinese spirit. It’s hard to put it into words. Ask a dozen Chinese what “Chiangnan” means, and they’ll give you a dozen different answers. For some the word conjures forests of pine and bamboo. For others, they envision hillsides of tea, or terraces of rice, or lakes of lotuses and fish. Or they might imagine Zen monasteries, or Taoist temples, or artfully-constructed gardens, or mist-shrouded peaks. Oddly enough, no one ever mentions the region’s cities, which include some of the largest in the world. Somehow, whatever else it might mean to people, Chiangnan means a landscape, a landscape and a culture defined by mist, a landscape and a culture that lacks the harder edges of the arid North. In the Fall of 1991, Bill Porter decided to travel through this vaporous land, following the old post roads that still connected its administrative centers and scenic wonders, its most famous hometowns and graves, its factories and breweries, its dreamlike memories and its mist, and he was joined on this journey by his poet and photographer friends, Finn Wilcox and Steve Johnson. South of the Yangtze is a record in words and black and white images of their trip.

Yellow River Odyssey

Author : Bill Porter
ISBN : 0988769301
Genre : Photography
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The author traces his journey along the Yellow River from its mouth to its source, a trip that takes him through the cradle of Chinese civilization and the hometowns of key historical figures to reveal a complex and contradictory country.

Finding Them Gone

Author : Bill Porter
ISBN : 1556594895
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A fast-paced travelogue to modern China with Red Pine, who searches for poets' graves and pays homage with Kentucky bourbon.

Business Review Weekly

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ISBN : UCSD:31822005554779
Genre : Business
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Following Marco Polo S Silk Road

Author : Brian Lawrenson
ISBN : 9781439249420
Genre : Travel
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A personal account of the author's pursuit of the legend Marco Polo along the Silk Road, Following Marco Polo's Silk Road tells an intimate and thrilling tale of wanderlust and the love of travel.

Journeys On The Silk Road

Author : Joyce Morgan
ISBN : 9780762787333
Genre : History
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DIVDIVA literary thriller-meets-travel adventure-meets-popular history rife with a fascinating cast of characters that includes a misfit explorer named Aurel Stein, a cunning abbot, and a fox terrier named Dash the Great, all set against the land of dunes, sandstorms, and the mysteries of the East./div/div

Road To Heaven

Author : Bill Porter
ISBN : 9781582439426
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 1989, Bill Porter, having spent much of his life studying and translating Chinese religious and philosophical texts, began to wonder if the Buddhist hermit tradition still existed in China. At the time, it was believed that the Cultural Revolution had

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