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Exploring Natural China [Hardcover]

Heather Angel
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9 Sep 2010
In this vast country - the third largest in the world - varied climate conditions produce an array of habitat types, from the snowy wastelands of the frigid northeast to the tropical paradises of the far south. Spectacular scenery - much of it unique - includes breath-taking karst stone forests, multiple columnar peaks, dramatic caves and solitary pines clinging precariously to bare rocky peaks reminiscent of a Chinese ink-brush painting. Heather has had unusual access to little-known parts of China for many years. Over 26 million foreign tourists visited China in 2007, up 17% on the previous year, and the numbers continue to increase.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Evans Mitchell Books (9 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901268411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901268416
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 24 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heather Angel is a leading peripatetic wildife photographer who is now concentrating on documenting the wildlife and remote parts of China - with three books on pandas to date icluding the best-selling Panda and the expansive Green China, with Exploring Natural China published in Autumn 2010. Other popular wildlife titles include Wild Kew, Puffins, Snow Monkeys and Living Dinosaurs. She also writes practical wildlife photography books - Macro through a Nikon lens. Always an enthusiastic communicator, Heather tutors workshops worldwide and her work has been recognised by many awards in Britain and overseas. She was President of the Royal Photographic Society from 1984-86.

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HEATHER ANGEL has visited and photographed all these locations, particularly their indigenous plants and animals, from China's 'national treasure' the giant panda to the whooper swans that spend the winters on the vast salt-water lake of Qinghai, from the endangered Amur tiger to the endearing pink dolphins of Hong Kong, and including lotus lilies, orchid trees and bamboo forests along the way. Her travels include the inevitable ups and downs, the remark all wildlife photographers learn to dread - 'You should have been here last week!' -and detours into aspects of local history and the traditional crafts that make China a country of incomparable richness and diversity. With each chapter focusing on a particular locality and its 'keynote' species and including details of the efforts being made to bring certain endangered species 'back from the brink', Natural China is an engaging guide to a country that is just opening up to ecotourism and offers fascination enough to lure visitors like Heather back again and again.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and exciting 29 Sep 2010
The stunning quality of Heather Angel's photography, plus the warmth of her personality, gives this book a wonderful quality which makes it an essential possession. The chapters are: 1. Trekking in Tangjiahe (N. Sichuan); 2. The Bamboo Sea (S. Sichuan); 3. Life-Giving water (Qinghai Lake, Puzhehei National Park in E. Yunnan); 4. China's National Treasure (Sichuan); 5. Hot Springs and Rain Forests (W. Yunnan); 6. Karst, Caves, Cormorant and Carp (Guangxi-Zhuang); 7. Following the Plant Hunters (Sichuan); 8. A Tropical Paradise (S. Yunnan); 9. China's Majestic Tigers (HeilongJiang); 10. Wild Hong Kong, and 11. Precipitous Peaks (Anhui, Hunan). Pleasing local sketch maps are provided; (latitudes and longitudes could come from the Nelles maps of China quite readily.) This book adds to the content of "Green China". It provides updates and tells personal stories of the explorations. "Back from the Brink" must come the Chinese Giant Salamander, the Chinese Sturgeon, the Chinese Alligator, the Crested Ibis, and Pere David's Deer.
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