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The Resource South of the clouds : travels in southwest China, Bill Porter

South of the clouds : travels in southwest China, Bill Porter

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South of the clouds : travels in southwest China
Title
South of the clouds
Title remainder
travels in southwest China
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Bill Porter
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eng
Summary
"While flipping through the atlas of Chang Ch'i-yun, one of China's most famous geographers, distinguished translator Bill Porter (Red Pine) developed a curiosity about the southwestern province of China. Dubbed Yun-nan, 'South of the Clouds,' this was the last area modern China to come under Chinese control. Originally conquered by the Mongols and eventually introduced to foreigners as a vibrant setting for trade, Yun-nan became a critical crossroad connecting East and West. In 1992, Porter left his home in Hong Kong to tour the small towns and major cities of Yun-nan, studying each of their local cultures and larger impacts on the trajectory of Chinese history. Here, he shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the nation's beautiful legacy while introducing new insight about the province's landscapes, people, and recent state of affairs. He visited Bulang Mountain, where the local people had no written language of their own, so they sent their children to live as monks in nearby Tai temples to learn Tai script. He saw women in Lijiang who wore traditional sheepskin jackets that bore seven frogeyes without clear explanation. In Dali, a small town turned urban center, he recalls a massive museum built to show off the city's new wealth, only to have half of its halls left empty and unvisited. The first of a series of three China travel memoirs to be published by Soft Skull, Bill Porter's book tells the incredible story of a spread of land with a thousand years of human history. His remarkable insight and unparalleled understanding of China place this book at the forefront of East Asian travel literature"--
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The first of a series of three China travel memoirs to be published by Counterpoint, Bill Porter’s book tells the incredible story of a spread of land with a thousand years of human history. His remarkable insight and unparalleled understanding of China place this book at the forefront of East Asian travel literature
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10457077
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DLC
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1943-
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Porter, Bill
Dewey number
951/.35059
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Yunnan Sheng (China)
  • Porter, Bill
  • Yunnan Sheng (China)
  • Yunnan Sheng (China)
  • Yunnan Sheng (China)
  • TRAVEL / Asia / China
  • Porter, Bill
  • Manners and customs
  • Social conditions
  • Travel
  • China
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adult
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travels in southwest China
Label
South of the clouds : travels in southwest China, Bill Porter
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn914195322
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vi, 278 pages
Isbn
9781619027190
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015009573
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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(OCoLC)914195322
Label
South of the clouds : travels in southwest China, Bill Porter
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn914195322
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vi, 278 pages
Isbn
9781619027190
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015009573
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)914195322

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