DREAM ROUTES OF THE WORLD (Insight Illustrated, £40)
This gorgeously glossy volume details 50 fantasy travel routes across some of
the farthest corners of the globe. It's well written and impressively
researched, and each route is given its own chapter, with lavish photographs
to illustrate the cultural and geographical highlights of each trip.
As well as an overview of each country, the text includes details on the
specific features of individual routes, as well as a section with practical
details for planning a trip, such as the best time to visit, climate and
useful addresses. The only criticism is that there is a bias towards routes
in south-west Europe, and only one route in Africa.
"The path over the main crescent of the Himalayas easily makes it into
our list of dream routes. After all, you cross part of the highest mountain
range in the world, passing turquoise-coloured lakes and endless high steppe
regions that are still traversed by yak, goat and sheep herds. Add
monasteries perched on impossible bluffs and you have an unforgettable
journey. Our route begins in Kathmandu, meanders through central Nepal and
ends in Lhasa on the Kodari Highway."
CHINA: MUSEUMS (Scala, £16.95)
A handful of museums and sites in China – the Forbidden City, the Terracotta
Warriors or the Shanghai Museum – have achieved international fame, but few
of us are really aware of the range and breadth of treasures hidden across
the country. This unique guide provides an insight into more than 200
museums, concentrating largely on the lesser-known destinations and not
simply limited to art and history. Also included are museums of
architecture, music, politics, technology, military history and science.
Intelligently written and beautifully illustrated, this book could form the
foundation of an extraordinary trip to China.
"In a charming pavilion surrounded by bamboo groves and rich greenery in
the Hao He Park is the Nantong Blue Calico Museum, a private museum managed
by Wu Yuanxin, whose family has been producing blue calico for five
generations. His collection contains over 10,000 examples of calico-printed
cloth and related objects. Several looms are set up
and there are demonstrations of weaving and stencilling."
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