After thousands of words covering thousands of kilometres, I’m at a big new frontier in this old travelogue project – I’m finally about to leave China for good. Sniffle.
Travelling in China, and of course writing about travelling in China, continues to astound me – the varied landscapes and diets, melodies and faiths, and the stark divide between the medieval and the 23rd Century.
It feels almost ridiculous to consider China in the singular – it’s anything but (despite the obvious role of the Party in everyday life). In reality, there are hundreds of Chinas, thousands maybe, and they feel like they go on forever. By the time I got to Kashgar in the west of Xinjiang, I was closer to the Mediterranean than to the Pacific – closer to Ankara to its own capital of Beijing.
So, as I begin to write about finally crossing that rumpled border into neighbouring Kyrgyzstan, I feel I’m saying goodbye once again to a country so enigmatic and baffling that I get a little misty eyed. Just mist, mind. Not actual tears. OK, one tear.
To commemorate the little milestone in the progress of this (seemingly neverending) book, I’m including here an excerpt from one of my earlier chapters. Oh yes. I’m literally giving literally away 1,695 words on those first impressions from the ruggedly handsome province Guangxi, home to the snaking River Li and its towering limestone mountains. Your own impressions, reviews, comments, raves etc. are, as always, welcome 🙂
Dude, where’s my Guangxi excerpt?
O.K. There used to be an excerpt here, detailing life on night trains, tourist ferries, and along mist-kissed pathways that braid throughout the Li Valley. But I’ve since gone and enrolled in Amazon’s KDP Select programme (as much as an experiment as it is a bona fide good idea…!) which means I get a bit more control over book promotions, readers get a bit more control over lending the ebook to others, but I lose some control over reproducing the digital content on places like WordPress. We’ll see how it goes!
If you really want to read about enigmatic Guangxi, though, do drop by the Amazon shop and treat yourself to a copy!