Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 8, 2006 - Travel - 480 pages
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Paul Theroux, the author of the train travel classics The Great Railway Bazaar and The Old Patagonian Express, takes to the rails once again in this account of his epic journey through China. He hops aboard as part of a tour group in London and sets out for China's border. He then spends a year traversing the country, where he pieces together a fascinating snapshot of a unique moment in history. From the barren deserts of Xinjiang to the ice forests of Manchuria, from the dense metropolises of Shanghai, Beijing, and Canton to the dry hills of Tibet, Theroux offers an unforgettable portrait of a magnificent land and an extraordinary people.
  

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User Review  - Steve Groves - Goodreads

Not Theroux's finest piece of travel writing..I felt claustrophobic most of the time while reading it due to the constant references to crowds, grime and spit. The final chapter on the journey by car ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tommy Tong - Goodreads

One of the first incredible books about China since it opened its doors in 1979! Read full review

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Contents

The Train to Mongolia
15
Train Number 24
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Night Train Number 90 to Peking
77
The Shanghai Express
104
The Fast Train to Canton
145
Train Number 324 to Hohhot and Lanzhou
166
The Iron Rooster
185
Train Number 104 to Xian
214
Train Number 16
290
Train Number 17
311
Number 295
324
Number 92
343
On the Lake of Heaven to Yantai
361
Number 508
373
Train Number 234
385
Number 375
396

The Express to Chengdu
229
Train Number 209 to Kunming
244
Number 80
261
The Slow Train to Changsha and Shaoshan Where the Sun Rises
277
Train Number 275
415
The Train to Tibet
435
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PAUL THEROUX's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.

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