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Press:APA Publications Insight Guides; 2 edition (January 1, 2013)


Insight Guide Silk Road is the complete illustrated guide to one of the world’s ultimate travel adventures. 
Passing right through the heart of Asia, the ancient trade route traverses a quarter of the globe from the heart of China to the Mediterranean via a vast, inhospitable expanse of mountains and desert.
The guide covers all the sights along the way across 13 countries and 6 time zones, with authoritative chapters on the Silk Road’s history and culture to put it all into context.The magic of the journey is brought to life through evocative photography, and is complemented by lavish Photo Features which offer a unique insight into various aspects of the route: these include details of silk production, the ancient treasures that have been discovered along the route, and the colourful bazaars - which are a reminder of the Silk Road caravanserais of the distant past.Our inspirational Best of The Silk Road section highlights the unmissable sights and experiences, while a comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the practical information you need to plan your trip – whether it be a short section or the entire Silk Road.


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  •     The book is visually gorgeous. Such a wealth of photos, paintings and maps. I already want to go on the Silk Road, but this made me crave it. I have been to snippets of it - China, Turkey, Kazakhstan, which made me wonder what the other parts of the Silk Road must be like. One thing I can tell you for a start, is that English is not as useful as the Jingoistic UK writers tell you. Russian is far more useful in Central Asia, but oddly enough, having covered the ethnography and history of the Silk Road, only Arabic, Farsi and Turkish are covered in the language section. Did the editor of this section fall asleep? What about Mandarin and Russian? Did he or she not look at the map, noting the expanse of the route beyond the Western rim?As with all guidebooks written with an English speaking audience (read monolingual), it offers a very lopsided viewpoint, one this book takes to dizzying new heights. While mentioning the great Swedish explorer, Sven Hedin, they take pains to point out that he supported Germany in both world wars. What does this have to do with the price of Silk in Urumqi?! I have always maintained that only speaking English makes you ignorant, and these "travel writers" seem to make raising the Union Jack over the Orient their top priority. The aftermath of The Opium War and The Great Game are far more significant for the Silk Road than anyone's Germanophile sympathies.Now that anti-Chinese sentiment are all the rage, the book takes pains to diminish, ridicule or ignore significant Chinese achievements. China was not a maritime power, it sneers. Quite right- they didn't enslave a quarter of the globe into an empire. The fact that they travelled and traded with Africa and Mesoamerica ages before the White Man is not a noteworthy accomplishment.In short, the visuals of this book are stunning, but it could have used at least three more edits. I recommend non-English books on the Silk Road, like Drege and Bugrer's Seidenstrasse.
  •     One of the best books on travel through Central Asia. Very well documented with photographs.
  •     A very wonderful books. I could take a trip trough the pages. The photographs are impresive. All is OK. Thank you

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