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  • Murder on the Marco Polo … Well, Not Quite - A Cruise up the Amazon and the Orinoco … Well, Not Quite

    series Desert Island Travels
    Take an elegant, stately cruise ship ... Add 800 cantankerous pensioners ... Send them off to the Amazon for six weeks ... Ask the passengers to keep diaries ... Then publish those diaries! And what do you get? Murder on the Marco Polo - Well, Not Quite. On 10 January 2011 the cruise ship Marco Polo sailed from Tilbury for six weeks to the Amazon and the Orinoco. The ship was old, the passengers ... Read more


  • The Virgin Whore and Other Chinese Characters: Tiananmen, Travels and Traumas

    series Desert Island Travels
    Priscilla Wong had had six boyfriends. Because she did not marry the first or second, her classmates called her a prostitute. Yet she was still a virgin. A virgin whore. Perhaps the contradiction could only exist in China. I grew fond of the idea, for it seemed a perfect caricature of China as a whole - rich history coexisting with drab modernity, corruption with innocence, membership of the ... Read more


  • To Dream of Pigs: Travels in South and North Korea

    series Desert Island Travels
    The scariest place on earth.' So said President Bill Clinton on his visit to the no-man's land between South and North Korea. The minefields and barbed wire mark the jagged edge of world peace. If the world is to see a nuclear war, Korea is the likely flashpoint. The contrast between the two Koreas - the dynamism of the South confronting the oppression of the North - could not be more stark. Yet, ... Read more


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  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Travel Guide - What To See & Do

    by Maria Hurst ...
    Our illustrated travel guide will take you to Kuala Lumpur.Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL, is the capital of Malaysia. Literally meaning "muddy estuary" in Malay, Kuala Lumpur has grown from a small sleepy Chinese tin-mining village to a bustling metropolis of around 6.5 million (city-proper population of 1.8 million) in just 150 years. With some of the world's cheapest 5-star hotels, cheap and great ... Read more


  • Korean for Beginners

    Mastering Conversational Korean (Includes Free Online Audio)

    Korean has been called "the most logical language there is," and with this friendly and thorough introduction you can quickly begin speaking conversational Korean!With a lighthearted and effective approach, Korean for Beginners starts by showing you just how reasoned and logical the Korean alphabet--hangul--actually is, and helps you master it quickly. Using realistic situations and conversations ... Read more


  • You Only Live Once

    A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in all of us

    by Lonely Planet ...
    series Lonely Planet
    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherYou Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in All of Us is not just another bucketlist of big-ticket items. We've all heard about Venice and, yes, it is probably worth going to Italy to see its waterways, but hopefully you'll take away something more from this book: a resolve to live life to the fullest-to add a dash of ... Read more

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  • Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper

    A sweet-sour memoir of eating in China

    A modern classic by Britain's foremost expert on Chinese food.Follow Fuchsia on her fascinating journey of discovery as she explores China and its culture through first-hand experiences of the country’s extraordinary culinary customs.The award-winning cook and food writer vows to eat everything offered to her on arriving in China (however unusual!), covering an eclectic range of weird and ... Read more




    series BS Publishing
    Robert Fortune, His second journey to China was for the East India company to obtain the finest tea plants to establish plantations in India. Once again he disguised himself as Chinese 'from a distant province', hired an interpreter, and headed into the tea growing regions of the country. His efforts resulted in the shipment of well over 20,000 plants and seedlings, in Wardian cases, to the ... Read more


  • Indochina Now and Then

    Follow George Fetherling as he travels through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia looking for any remaining traces of the Indochina that was.In Indochina Now and Then, George Fetherling recounts multiple journeys through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, keeping an eye peeled and an ear cocked for whatever faint traces of French rule might remain. While doing so he searches diligently in village markets, ... Read more


  • While the Gods Were Sleeping

    A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal

    Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and childrearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.***While the Gods ... Read more


  • Tuttle Mini Chinese Dictionary

    Chinese-English English-Chinese

    by Jiageng Fan ...
    series Tuttle Mini Dictionary
    This is a completely up-to-date Mandarin Chinese mini dictionary.Tuttle Mini Chinese Dictionary is ideal for any application where a handy and portable dictionary is required. Intended for use by tourists, students, and business people traveling to China or as a Mandarin language study reference Mini Chinese Dictionary is an essential tool for communicating in Chinese. It's useful pocket-sized ... Read more