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The High Road to China: George Bogle, the Panchen Lama and the First British Expedition to Tibet Paperback – 6 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747585474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747585473
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`It is hard to imagine this fascinating story being told with
greater sensitivity or skill' -- Sunday Telegraph

`Splendid ... has made remarkable use of her source material,
aided by the constantly perceptive and witty tone of Bogle's own writings' -- Patrick French, Sunday Times

`Teltscher really brings Bogle's extraordinary travels alive ...
Kipling fans will love The High Road to China'
-- Giles Foden, Condé Nast Traveller

`Teltscher's account of Bogle's long stay with the Panchen, based
in part on his vivid letters to his sisters, makes this book soar' -- Jonathan Mirsky, Literary Review

`Thrilling and fascinating ... Letters, journals and documents are
woven into the flowing narrative, which is wonderfully vivid and evocative' -- Jenny Uglow


In 1774, British traders longed to open relations with China so they sent a young Scotsman, George Bogle, as an envoy to Tibet. Bogle became smitten by what he saw there, and struck up a remarkable friendship with the Panchen Lama. This gripping book tells the story of their two extraordinary journeys across some of the harshest and highest terrain in the world: Bogle's mission, and the Panchen Lama's state visit to China, on which British hopes were hung. Piecing together extracts from Bogle's private papers, Tibetan biographies of the Panchen Lama, the account of a wandering Hindu monk and the writings of the Emperor himself, Kate Teltsher deftly reconstructs the momentous meeting of these very different worlds.

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