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Wild China: Natural Wonders of the World's Most Enigmatic Land [Paperback]

Phil Chapman
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Book Description

8 May 2008

China has more varied habitats for wildlife than anywhere else on the planet: rivers carve immense gorges through the world's loftiest mountain peaks; vast deserts range from searing heat to mind-numbing cold; wild horses gallop across grass steppe land; shallow seas teem with life; steaming jungles harbour colourful birds and temperate forests shelter giant pandas and golden snub-nosed monkeys. But above all, China is a place of 1.3 billion people, most of whom still live in the countryside.

By the improbable cone-shaped hills of Southern China, afloat in a sea of glistening rice paddies, streams conceal dwarf alligators and giant salamanders and trained cormorants catch fish for their masters. In the Himalayas where the temperature can drop nearly 30ºC in a day, Mongolian nomads roam on horseback along the ancient Silk Road, Kazakh herders hunt with Golden Eagles in the snow, and all share their land with wild yak, giant herds of Chiru antelope, brown bears and snow leopards.

Vast river estuaries, migrating birds, coral reefs and busy cities jostle for attention along China's 10,000 km-long eastern seaboard. This cradle of Chinese civilization has developed into the country's most densely-populated and economically dynamic area, while remaining a Mecca for wildlife. To survive, this wildlife must co-exist with over 600 million people in a rapidly-changing environment.

Wild China is a stunning visual feast - exploring the length and breadth of one of the world's most spectacular and mysterious countries.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (8 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846072336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846072338
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An exquisite and intriguing look at a country that is ever so much more than the horrendous pollution and overcrowding of Beijing and other Chinese megacities. This is China as the country, its peoples, and its natural inhabitants were before industrialization." -- Bruce Fellman "TimeOut" (08/08/2008)

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A stunning natural history tour of a magnificent and awe-inspiring country.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Rural China 13 Jun 2008
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The book provides detailed information of the history, the culture, the wildlife, and the topography of China, with six chapters applicable to the wonderful BBC Wild China DVD. The maps are particularly good. There are many quality photographs, although a few of the best in the DVD have not been included. This book is worth purchasing, ideally with the DVD. The wealth of information presented by the Wild China team is excellent. After seeing the DVD, the book was a must buy. I'm delighted with it. I have a better insight and respect for this most ancient culture. The BBC team had unprecedented access to the rural areas. Previously so enigmatic, China is a land of extraordinary beauty with its magnificent landscapes, rich variety of wildlife, and ingenious ethnic groups.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 13 Aug 2008
By nizzie
Beautiful in it's self this was really useful fo pulling out the 'must see' scenic bits of China when planning an extended trip. The most useful guide book I found (and the only one of the 3 I purchased that I'll be lugging with me to China) was Frommer's China (Frommers Complete) published in April 2008.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wild china 11 Jun 2008
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This an excellent book but is of necessity a poor reflection of the tv series.The book follows the tv series closely dividing China into 6 diverse regions.The text is outstanding while the pictures are satis factory.There is avery good gazettear at the back which deals with places of inttrest and culturaldifferences and wildlife The maps are very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but let down by the layout 28 Aug 2009
I bought this book after watching the TV series, and it's just as informative.

The book is divided into three main sections, with the middle section having 6 subsections.

* Section one contains the Introduction, a brief overview of China, it's food, people, plants, animals, etc.

* Section two contains the meat of the book. It is divided into 6 subsections: The Heartland, North Of The Wall, The Tibetan Plateau, Yunnan, The Great Rice Bowl & Crowded Shores.

The Heartland opens with information on the Yellow River and goes on to Pandas, Golden snub-nosed monkeys & Taikin amongst other animals and also introduces the more esoteric aspects of Chinese life.

North Of The Wall takes us through the coldest and driest regions of China, and introduces several ethnic groups the Hezhe, the reindeer-herding Ewenki and then on to the Taklimakan, a desert whose name has been translated as "you go in and you never come out". There is also the rather surprising town of Turpan, which manages to grow grapes in the midst of the desert.

The Tibetan Plateau discusses what life is like in the Himalayas and on the Plateau itself. Despite the inhospitality of the area, life thrives here, from tiny Pika to the cunning looking Tibetan fox to the Chiru and on to the great Yak. There are even snake that live in hot springs. Buddhism is discussed next, with information on how the religion melds with the landscape.

Yunnan is a land of forests and steep cliffs. From monkeys to suspension cable bridges over the gorges, one apparently needs to be fit to get around here. The fauna and flora are equally surprising, with the Temminck's tragopan and the elephant's foot yam. There is also more information on the local people, the Dai.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Great Book.
having seen the video several times, i found the book was essential to get the places' names right and so forth, as hard to understand in the video because of difficult spelling.
great images and very inspiring
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