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High Road To Tibet - Travels in China, Tibet, Nepal and India
 
 

High Road To Tibet - Travels in China, Tibet, Nepal and India [Kindle Edition]

John Dwyer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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You [John Dwyer] really do give an authentic feeling of the contrasting atmospheres as you move from place to place. -- Dervla Murphy, best-selling author of "Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle"

If you really want to find out about Asia, this book is a must buy for you. -- Bibi Baskin, Television and Radio Presenter

It takes a very good travel book to make a Corkonian want to leave his hometown - but one such book is High Road To Tibet. -- Ronan Leonard, Evening Echo

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Overland adventurer John Dwyer has less than three months to travel through China, Tibet, Nepal and India and he has a to-do list:
  • Drink snake blood
  • Smuggle himself into Tibet
  • Climb to Mount Everest Base Camp
  • Ride on the roof of a Nepali bus
  • Witness the dead burning by the Ganges
Ranging from the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal, his journey takes him across Asia's wildest and most fascinating regions. Join him on his epic trek as he meets the ear cleaners of Chengdu, hikes into the peerless Himalayas, observes secretive ceremonies in Tibet, fends off a champion hawker at the Great Wall, and meets a woman that will change his life forever.

"I absolutely loved your book.  I could not put it down!  What a wonderful adventure!  Thank you for sharing it with us." - M. Pema
"I just want to say thanks for a great read, especially for me the chapters, on Tibet and Nepal, as I was there on a 3 week trip last August" - M. Cotter

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JohnDwyerBooks.com (18 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045Y1PSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I was thirteen, my mum gave me a world atlas as a birthday present. Little did she know the effect that it would have on me. As I turned each page, I was mesmerised by the pictures of far-away countries and exotic peoples. I wondered what it would be like to stand on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, to see the dizzying peaks of the Himalayas, to watch snake charmers in India, or to see the Terracotta Warriors in China. I spent hours leafing through that atlas in contented silence, studying the pictures on each page with wonder. When I went to bed that night, I made up my mind to go and see those places for myself. My love of travel was born that day.
Before I was old enough to travel to these places myself, I satisfied my wanderlust by reading about the travels of others. I rode the rocky roads of Asia by bicycle with Dervla Murphy in Full Tilt, experienced the magic of old Tibet with Heinrich Harrer in Seven Years in Tibet, and explored the newly opened China by train with Paul Theroux in Riding the Iron Rooster.
I have since kept those promises I made to myself as a child and my travels have brought me all over to world. I finally discovered what it was like to stand on Table Mountain with Cape Town spread out far below me - it was fantastic.
"High Road to Tibet" is my first travel book and describes my overland adventures through China, Tibet, Nepal and India.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable but very light 25 Jun 2013
By RR
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This is basically Dwyer's travel journal, as he follows a standard tourist/backpacker route through some parts of Asia. I found it quite enjoyable to read, although if you've been to any of the places you most probably will have had most of the experiences yourself, and if you;re reading it as a 'primer' before you go, don't expect read the book hoping to come away with any deep understanding of the destinations.

The book is very light on information on the places visited aside from the author's impressions. There is virtually no discussion of the history, culture or anything else related to the places visited. Thus the book is mostly composed of the author;s thoughts, with little context nor reflection. Nevertheless, as (very) light reading it is not bad and occasionally quite funny.
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2.0 out of 5 stars High Road to Tibet - interesting but no depth 21 Nov 2012
By E Wood
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Every book adds some new perspective and this is a useful quick and ligth read. But as a travel book I found it little more than a travel journal focussing more on the writer's personall experiences and entertainment - interesting though they were at times. As to offering real insight into the place and times, it offers less than a good guide book and fails to add sound perspective. It is easy to read as a travel journal but I found ot rather disappointing. Although the title gives the appearance of coussing on Tiber, (and that may have been the object of the journey) the narrative covers the journey from Beijing through to Kashmir and India.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HungryFeet review 8 Jun 2012
By scott
Format:Kindle Edition
Michael Palin really is getting a bit long in the tooth isn't he? I mean, surely it's time for someone with as much power of observation and unnatural ability to describe their surroundings with clarity to make a name for themselves in the travel writing world. Surely there is some room for one more writer.

John Dwyer might be just the ticket to fill Palin's well worn shoes. Dwyer's first book, 'High Road To Tibet - Travels in China, Tibet, Nepal and India,' is a scintillating travelogue of the Irishman's marauding through Asia.

The author starts his backpacking adventure in Beijing, China, with his opening lines introducing us to an infinitely curious friendly culture who see him as a novelty worth oogling. Rather than feel shy about these experiences, Dwyer embraces them and his friendly nature sets the locals at ease and allows them to open up and share their world with him.

Dwyer engages us with his adventures and observations, but cements his writing with Palin-esque historical and social snippets. This depth to his writing brings a context to the sights and people that he crosses paths with. Whether it be his account of the debauchery that was once Shanghai, or his obscure story of the naïve but determined mountaineer Maurice Wilson, the author wraps you up into the story and carries you along with him.

Where Dwyer differs from Palin is in his artful descriptions of people. He writes people into the context of their surroundings so well that you can feel them living their life.

"His deeply wrinkled hands rested on an old walking stick as he rocked gently back and forth. Strands of silver hair hung from his balking head to join his long, wispy white beard. He looked like the stereotype of the ancient Chinese philosopher.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and inspiring 6 July 2011
By mg
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed this book. Written in a convivial conversational style, the book recounts the travels of the author on his trip of a lifetime from Beijing, across China to Tibet, Nepal and finally New Delhi in India. The author writes with great humour and tells an entertaining, informative and inspiring story of his adventures across Asia. Id recommend this book to anyone with an interest in travel and adventure in fascinating, exotic locations.
A valuable addition to any prospective backpacker's library!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read - hard to put down 18 Jan 2012
By J. Lock
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A very entertaining and enjoyable read. I've been to a few places that appear in the book and the descriptions are very accurate.

If you've ever wondered about heading to that part of the world, or you already have, this is a must read.

It's very easy to read - I'm not a fast reader by any stretch of the imagination, but couldn't put this down and read it in a few days.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an insiders view 9 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
this is a great light introduction to China and its idiosyncrasies, I spent two months traveling there this summer and reading the book as i went along... entertaining and fun... it managed to hit all the little oddities that one only sees as they travel... A great read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars just about ok 15 April 2014
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Not as good as I thought it would be, but I did like how it was honest and critical too
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read 26 Nov 2013
By Mike R
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We'll written travel book that helps fuel the imagination about Tibet and Nepal. I like this type of light reading travel book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Confirmed do not want to visit India
His descriptions of the places he visited in China I was able to relate to those I had visited. Not that bothered about going to Shanghi now. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dawne J M Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely adventure
i have started reading this book for the second time and i'm enjoying as much as the first. this book takes you on a lovely adventure and you really believe that your part of this... Read more
Published 13 months ago by DeeSaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Tibet
I really loved the book, people who wants to travel to Tibet, Nepal and China this book has lots of important information. I will recommend this book.
Published 17 months ago by Usha Dutta
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. As I had been to many places he visited I found his...
As I love travelling, and had been to China and Nepal, his descriptions took me back to the places I had visited. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anne
3.0 out of 5 stars a nice easy read
I enjoyed this book and easy read, a nice journey round these countries, would I read another of his books, yes I would
Published 19 months ago by George Mc Cann
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical trail of words
It is always great to read about places you have been or would like to go, but couple that with some great writing and wit and you get a winning combination. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Maths4U
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read
I couldn't put this book down; it was so interesting and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 22 months ago by paula/c
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly entertaining
this book was thoroughly entertaining,i ordered it after my partner told me about it,we both discussed it after reading and came to the conclusion that we both envied the author... Read more
Published 23 months ago by helen coventry
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical book
This was a wonderful, magical book. Using a conversational tone, this book takes you on a journey to a remote part of the world. Read more
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