Sacred Places in China
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Sacred Places in China

This is a travelogue by a 19th century Christian missionary who visited several sacred locations in China, including places holy to all three of China's principal religions: Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.He relates many fantastic stories of visions of Gods and Goddesses which manifested around these locations. He calls on religious leaders who live at these sites, including an audience with the 'Taoist Pope.' Chapters include, Ea...

Following the Equator By Mark Twain
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Following the Equator

Following The Equator is a travel book from Mark Twain, published in 1897. It came about after a tour he made of the British Empire, and includes biting and witty observations, criticising racism, imperialism and missionaries. Fully illustrated, each chapter starts with a 'Pudd'nhead maxim', which are ironic wisdoms from the Twain character 'Pudd'nhead Wilson'. Here's an example; 'Names are not always what they seem. The common Welsh...

A Tramp Abroad By Mark Twain
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A Tramp Abroad By Mark Twain

A Tramp Abroad, published in 1880, is Mark Twain's second travel book, a sequel to his immensely popular The Innocents Abroad. Here Twain returns to Europe in the company of a genial "goad, guide, and all-purpose straight man" modeled on his friend and real-life traveling companion, Joe Twitchell. The eccentric journey they take through Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and other countries constantly veers into imaginative burlesques, exa...

A Journey in Southern Siberia
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A Journey in Southern Siberia

Fully Illustrated. The first third of this book is a travelogue which describes Curtin's Siberian journey; this is a fascinating glimpse at Tsarist Siberia just before the Revolution. The last two-thirds of the book is an extraordinary record of the mythology of the Buryats. There are many elements found elsewhere through Asia and Europe such as epic horses (and horse sacrifices), battles with giants, a World-mountain and 'the water ...

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
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The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

"Jehan de Mandeville", translated as "John Mandeville", is the name claimed by the compiler of The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, a book account of his supposed travels, which probably first appeared in Anglo-Norman French, and first circulated between 1357 and 1371. By aid of translations into many other languages it acquired extraordinary popularity. Despite the extremely unreliable and often fantastical nature of the travels it d...

Eastern Sketches
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Eastern Sketches

A relatively short book that consists of several sketches of places that Disraeli travelled to. Chapters include: Ibrahim Pasha; The Court of Egypt; The Valley of Thebes; Egyptian Thebes; Shoubra; Eden and Lebanon; A Syrian Sketch; The Bosphorus; An Interview with a great Turk; and, Munich.

The Innocents Abroad By Mark Twain
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The Innocents Abroad

Based on a series of letters Mark Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, The Innocents Abroad (1869) is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-nineteenth century.

Across Asia On A Bicycle
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Across Asia On A Bicycle

In 1890, two American college graduates set out to travel around the world on a then-new invention, the bicycle. In 1893 they returned, having covered over 15,000 miles, at that time the 'longest continuous land journey ever made around the world'. This is their account of the trip across Turkey, Persia, Turkestan and northern China.

Sea Kayaking: The Classic Manual for Touring, from Day Trips to Major Expeditions, Sixth Edition
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Sea Kayaking: The Classic Manual for Touring, from Day Trips to Major Expeditions, Sixth Edition

Still regarded as “the bible” for both new and experienced kayakers after more than thirty years in print, Sea Kayaking covers the basics of equipment and technique, including types of paddles and strokes, as well as such essential skills as how to read the weather and the water, how to navigate with and without GPS and how to travel with a group. Drawing on his many years of experience paddling in all climates, John Dowd presents pr...