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on 14 February 2014
I had bought this book expecting an interesting travelogue, some culture, history and insights. None of that. It's basically two guys walking from Mongolia to Hong Kong (I also didn't realise home meant HK). They eat a lot of instant noodles, they suffer from their own poor planning and meet some friendly people. They're also filming their epic walk for a TV show and about a third of the book is all about getting the right shots etc. Oh and they're using an iPhone with Apple Maps and not Google to chart their course, adventurous indeed. That's literally it. The author cites several other books on China like Colin Thubron (Shadow of the Silk Road) and Peter Hessler (China Driving and more) but those are far better books. Even a light weight like J Maarten Troost's Lost on Planet China is more interesting. In fact, even reading something as out of date as Paul Theroux's Riding the Iron Rooster is a better use of your time and money.
I would however recommend this book for children in their early teens. It's a simple, light weight book about two blokes. Kids who need to acquire a reading habit may enjoy it and there's not a word in it a 13 year old wouldn't understand.