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Walking Home From Mongolia: Ten Million Steps Through China, From the Gobi Desert to the South China Sea




Walking Home From Mongolia
Ten Million Steps Through China, From the Gobi Desert to the South China Sea

By  
Rob LILWALL (Author)

Hodder & Stoughton, 2014
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    About this book

Starting in the Gobi desert in winter, adventurer Rob Lilwall sets out on an extraordinary six-month journey, walking almost 5000 kilometres across China. Along the way he and his cameraman Leon brave the toxic insides of China's longest road tunnel, explore desolate stretches of the Great Wall and endure interrogation by the Chinese police.

As they walk on through the heart of China, the exuberant hospitality of cave dwellers, coal miners and desert nomads keeps them going, despite sub-zero blizzards and the treacherous terrain.

Rob writes with humour and honesty about the hardships of the walk, reflecting on the nature of pilgrimage and the uncertainties of an adventuring career. He also gives a unique insight into life on the road amid the epic landscapes and rapidly industrialising cities of backwater China.
 
    About the author

Rob Lilwall was born in London, and studied geography at Edinburgh University and then teacher training and theology at Oxford University. Before he set out on his long-distance adventures, he was a door-to-door salesman in California, and a geography high-school teacher in England.

His two main adventures (the subject of his books) were cycling over 35,000 miles from Far Eastern Siberia to London via Papua New Guinea, Australia, Tibet and Afghanistan (Cycling Home From Siberia), and walking over 3,000 miles from the Gobi Desert to Hong Kong, via China (Walking Home From Mongolia). His undocumented adventures include cycling across Ethiopia, the Andes Mountains, and the Karakorum Mountains; walking across AndalucĂ­a, a lap of the M25 motorway, and from the Golan Heights to Masada; canoeing down the Thames, and floating down the Severn on a homemade raft.

Since 2010 he has lived in Hong Kong where he is a freelance TV adventurer, writer, and motivational speaker. He has written over 40 freelance pieces for the South China Morning Post. Together with his wife Christine, he is the joint National Director for the Hong Kong mobilization office of the International children's charity Viva.

He has written two books, presented two National Geographic TV series, and has given speeches about his adventures to over 30,000 people worldwide.
 
    Details
 
ISBN: 9781444745306
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Sizes: 205x135mm
Publication: 8/2014
Weight: 286g
Languages:
English



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