Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Review: Lost on Planet China

Lost on Planet China: One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation
Lost on Planet China is my favorite kind of travel book - written in a light spirited fashion, Maarten Troost explores what current day China is like. In the first few chapters, as he explores Beijing, I was repeatedly reminded of my own trip there - the combination of an over sized city (compared to what seems normal after New York or London), the smog, and the millions of people all trying to find their fortune creates a surreal environment. He goes on to travel throughout China, including a trip into Tibet, and does a fantastic job capturing the energy that is currently flowing through the country. 

For anyone considering a trip to China, I would strongly recommend this as an additional travel book. And for anyone not considering a trip, I can only say that China is where it's going on and you really need to experience it first hand. 

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