The Emperor s River Travels to the Heart of a Resurgent China A look China s recent cultural reinterpretation of the oldest canal in the world dug when Confucius was alive along which has traveled not only cargo but ideas customs and dialects The face of mod

  • Title: The Emperor's River: Travels to the Heart of a Resurgent China
  • Author: Liam D'Arcy-Brown
  • ISBN: 9781903070703
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • A look China s recent cultural reinterpretation of the oldest canal in the world, dug when Confucius was alive, along which has traveled not only cargo but ideas, customs, and dialects The face of modern China is changing Liam D Arcy Brown travels the length of the Grand Canal, a symbol of national identity, Chinese pride, and cultural achievement For those with an interA look China s recent cultural reinterpretation of the oldest canal in the world, dug when Confucius was alive, along which has traveled not only cargo but ideas, customs, and dialects The face of modern China is changing Liam D Arcy Brown travels the length of the Grand Canal, a symbol of national identity, Chinese pride, and cultural achievement For those with an interest in China and its culture, people, or heritage, this book provides an exciting, fascinating, and well written account of the navigation of the lifeblood of a rising power the Grand Canal of China At than 1,100 miles long, and dating back to the 5th century BC, the Grand Canal of China is the world s longest artificial waterway and its oldest working canal Though a source of great national pride to the Chinese, one of China s most economically important transport routes, and the possible savior of a rapidly desiccating Beijing, it has never been investigated by foreign writers and travelers The first non Chinese to have made this journey since the 1780s, Liam D Arcy Brown traveled from Hangzhou to Beijing along the Grand Canal by barges,boats, and road and here tells his tales.

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    1. This one had been languishing on my "library books to look into" list for a while. Liam turned out to be a great travel writer, although he might be disappointed to learn that I wasn't as into the historical aspects of the journey. A few times he has what seem like hallucinatory conversations with historical figures, which may have been dreams, implied to be fictitious, but I took them as being presented as "real" accounts. I'm usually pretty good with keeping up on vocabulary, but he tosses in [...]

    2. The idea of devoting a book not just to the history of China's Grand Canal but to its present state is a good idea, and I'm surprised no one else has done it (at least in English). It often takes foreigners to actually view Chinese history as something that includes the present, not just the musty past, as the Chinese themselves tend to see "history," eliciting from them much yawning. Of course, the reason why history as it is taught in China does not include the present is that the present ofte [...]

    3. I'm currently living in China and wanted to learn more about the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal was an extraordinary feat of engineering and labour, no less than the Great Wall, but it's not as famous. I wanted to know if any parts of the canal remained in Shandong Province, where I live, and more about its history. Mr. D'Arcy-Brown's book was the most detailed source (in English) that I could find. I enjoyed his travel writing, although I couldn't understand or "get into" his dreamlike conversati [...]

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