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

John Dwyer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"John Dwyer might be just the ticket to fill [Michael] Palin's well worn shoes" -

Overland adventurer John Dwyer has less than three months to cross China, Tibet, Nepal and India and he has a to-do list:

- Drink snake blood
- Get smuggled into Tibet
- Hike to Mount Everest
- Watch the dead burning by the Ganges
- Get from China to India in ten weeks

Ranging from the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal, his journey takes him across Asia’s most fascinating regions. Join him on his epic trek as he meets the ear cleaners of Chengdu, hikes into the peerless Himalayas, watches secretive ceremonies in Tibet, fends off a champion hawker at the Great Wall, and meets a woman that will change his life forever.

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 764 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (18 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045Y1PSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,260 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips and tricks of the trade 29 Oct. 2014
By Jules
An entertaining and observational account of one man's travels in China and Tibet.

Some good tips and tricks of the trade, combined with anecdotal, observational commentary and a wry look at some of the tourist sites he visits and characters he meets.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly pretty accurate 18 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Good, quick read if you're on your way to Asia and want to get a feel. While most of what is written and the opinions are in line with my own there are a couple of factually incorrect bits. Based on the other reviews I was expecting it to be funnier.
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