Asian Travel books, free online books by explorers in Asia, including women explorers. Travel guides for Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia.
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About 140 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Asia Description Travel”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: South Asia Travel Guide, Asia and Australasia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Monsoon Asia, Indonesia Travel Guide, Taiwan Survival Kit, Asia and the Middle East, Through Russian Central Asia, Israel Travel Survival Kit, A Barbarian in Asia, Heart of Asia, Chinese Central Asia, Offbeat in Asia, Traveler’s History of Southeast Asia, Afghanistan: cockpit in high Asia, The Lost Heart of Asia, Land and Life in Southwest Asia, many more.
About 220 free online books on the subject of “China: Description & Travel”. Some books: In the Forbidden Land, Love and Hate in China, Forbidden Journey – from Peking to Kashmir, China: behind the mask, 50 Amazing Places in China, Red China Today, In Search of China, Inside China, Stranger in China, Land of the 500 Million, A Businessman Looks at Red China, Magnificent China: a guide to its cultural treasures, Daily Life in People’s China, Seven Years in Tibet, Adventures in Secret Tibet, A Personal Encounter with the People’s Republic, many more.
About 110 free online books on the subject of “India Travel & Description”. Some books: Frommer’s India, India Travel Survival Kit, India: a photographic journey, Rediscovering India, India in English Literature, A Passage though India, Verdict on India, India: a cultural journey, An Experience of India, A Traveler’s History of India, The Jaipur Sketchbook, Encounters in India, Kipling’s India, Some Journeys in India, many more.
About 20 free online books on the subject of “Southeast Asia Travel & Description”. Some books: Southeast Asia, A Traveler’s History of Southeast Asia, View to the Southeast, Indonesia Travel Survival Kit, Cities of the Hot Zone: a Southeast Asian Adventure, In the Footsteps of Marco Polo, Sydney to Tokyo by any Means, Vietnam Cambodia & Laos, Vietnam and Angkor Wat, Singapore, Vietnam and the Vietnamese, many more.
About 30 free online books on the subject of “Central Asia Travel & Description”. Some books: Central Asia, Through Russian Central Asia, The Untold Story of Central Asia, Chinese Central Asia, Dawn over Samarkand: rebirth of Central Asia, Is Central Asia the New Middle East?, Adventures and Experiences among the Nomads of Central Asia, Shadow of the Silk Road, The Lost Heart of Asia, A Journey through the Soviet Republics, The Silk Road from Xi’an to Kashgar, Travels in Afghanistan, Curzon’s Persia, Decade of Destruction by Soviet Russia in Central Asia, many more.
The Affairs of Sinde, Being an Analysis of the Papers Presented to Parliament and the Proprietors of East India Stock …
With an Exposition of the Connection of the British Government with that State
An East India Proprietor
London: Smith, Elder 1844 Dewey Dec. 915.4
Andrews, Roy Chapman
1921 Dewey Dec. 915
Entering the land of mystery – Speed marvels of the Gobi Desert – A chapter of accidents – New travels on an old trail – Antelope movie stars – The sacred city of the living Buddha – The long trail to Sain Noin Khan – The lure of the plains – Hunting on the Turin Plains – An adventure in the Lama city – Mongols at home – Nomads of the forest – The passing of Mongolian mystery – The great ram of the Shansi Mountains – Mongolian “Argali” – The horse-deer of Shansi – Wapiti, roebuck and goral – Wild pigs-animal and human – The hunting park of the eastern tombs.
Andrews, Roy Chapman
1918 Dewey Dec. 915
“The object of this book is to present a popular narrative of the Asiatic Zoological Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History to China in 1916-17. Details of a purely scientific nature have been condensed, or eliminated, and emphasis has been placed upon our experiences with the strange natives and animals of a remote and little known region in the hope that the book will be interesting to the general reader.” – Preface
The New Conquest of Central Asia: A Narrative of the Explorations of the Central Asiatic Expeditions in Mongolia and China, 1921-1930
Andrews, Roy Chapman
1932 Dewey Dec. 915
With 128 plates and 12 illustrations in the text and three maps at end.
in Burma, Malaya, Siam and Indo-China
1904 Dewey Dec. 915
My Journey to Lhasa: The Personal Story of the Only White Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City
Heinemann 1927 Dewey Dec. 915
The author became a scholar of Buddhism and Tibet in the early twentieth century and trekked thousands of miles to reach Llasa, the Tibetan capital.
“One of the best adventure books of the last one hundred years” – Outside Magazine
Walker 1989 Dewey Dec. 915
In the late 1980s, Christina Dodwell moves from a Greek Easter into a chilly Eastern Turkish spring, not improved for the cold and hungry traveller by the fairly strict observance of Ramadan. Retreating east, she visits the buried cities and rock-hewn churches of Cappadocia on the first of a number of hired, borrowed or bought horses, the ideal liberating companions for her unconventional style of travel. While the snow still clothes the eastern mountains, the Long Rider moves further east over the border into Iran, to a ranch breeding miniature Caspian horses near the Russian frontier, to the salt desert villages of the south-east, and on into Pakistan for a visa renewal, the unity of her journey maintained by the fact that she is still within the confines of the Persian empire, as she celebrates the end of Ramadan in a festive village near the Afghan border. Back in Iran, she visits the crumbling grandiloquence of lost empires at Pasargad, Naksh-i-Rustam and Persepolis, as well as the trouble spots of yesterday and today in the valleys of the Assassins and Kurdistan.
(with notes upon Ceylon). An account of a journey to Madras and the Southern Provinces, 1826, and letters written in India
Heber, Rev. Reginald
London: Murray 1828 Dewey Dec. 915.4
Heber was the bishop of Calcutta.
1898 Dewey Dec. 915
with nearly 300 illustrations from sketches and photos by the author.
Vol I Sections: A winter journey over the Pamirs – The Mus-Tagh-Ata and its glaciers – Across the Takla-Makan Desert.
Vol II Sections: A summer trip to the southern Pamirs – Across the desert of Gobi to Lop-Nor – Through northern Tibet and Tsaidam – From Tsaidam to Peking
1910-1913 Dewey Dec. 915
Vols 1 & 2 contain 388 illustrations from photos, sketches and drawings by the author, and 10 maps. Vol 3 has 156 illustrations and 4 maps.
Bantam 1982 Dewey Dec. 916
Overlook 1989 Dewey Dec. 915
“Irish travel writer and memoirist Murphy has in the past bicycled from Ireland to India and traveled Ethiopia by mule. Here, she recounts a perhaps more daunting adventure—taking her five-year-old daughter wandering through southern India with little money and only what they can carry on their backs . . . Leaving behind the vividly described poverty of Bombay, the pair head south. Inland from the Malabar Coast, they come upon the lush, remote, comparatively prosperous region of Coorg: local people are curious and hospitable despite the danger of pollution by associating with casteless foreigners . . . Engaging writing and interesting view of rural India.” —Kirkus Reviews
Napier, William Francis Patrick, Lieut. Gen.
London: Westerton 1857 Dewey Dec. 915.4
National Geographic Society
National Geographic Society 1982 Dewey Dec. 915
Journey from the past / Jonathan D. Spence — Peking / Jay and Linda Mathews — Great Wall / Griffin Smith, Jr. — Yellow River Valley / Mike Edwards — Silk Road / Donald R. Katz — Grand Canal / Robert M. Poole — Yangtze River / William Graves — The deep interior / Shirley Sun — Tibet / Roy Reed — Northeast China / Thomas B. Allen — South China coast / David D. Pearce
The narrative of a journey, in 1890 and 1891, across Siberia, Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, and North China
Price, Julius Medes
London: S. Low, Marston 1892 Dewey Dec. 915.4
1905 Dewey Dec. 915
Charles, Rajah of Sarawak (Brooke, Charles Johnson)
London: Tinsley 1866 Dewey Dec. 915.9
Rockhill, William W.
1894 Dewey Dec. 915
John Murray 1958 Dewey Dec. 915
This is Dame Freya Stark’s account of her third visit to Turkey. Her route was the one which had been taken 22 centuries earlier by Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia, and the book aims to provide a bridge into that ancient world. It also offers insights into 20th-century Turkey, along little-used routes through lonely mountain passes, past remote ruins and along the pirate shore, where country people responded gladly to the author’s informed curiosity.
John Murray 1934 Dewey Dec. 915
Hailed as a classic upon its first publication in 1934, The Valleys of the Assassins firmly established Freya Stark as one of her generation’s most intrepid explorers. The book chronicles her travels into Luristan, the mountainous terrain nestled between Iraq and present-day Iran, often with only a single guide and on a shoestring budget.
Stark writes engagingly of the nomadic peoples who inhabit the region’s valleys and brings to life the stories of the ancient kingdoms of the Middle East, including that of the Lords of Alamut, a band of hashish-eating terrorists whose stronghold in the Elburz Mountains Stark was the first to document for the Royal Geographical Society. Her account is at once a highly readable travel narrative and a richly drawn, sympathetic portrait of a people told from their own compelling point of view.
Ruins of Desert Cathay: Personal Narrative of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China (vol 1)
Stein, M. Aurel
1912 Dewey Dec. 915
“with numerous illustrations, colour plates, panoramas, and maps from original surveys”.
Sand-Buried Ruins of Khotan: Personal Narrative of a Journey of Archaeological and Geographical Exploration in Chinese Turkestan
Stein, M. Aurel
1904 Dewey Dec. 915
With a map from original surveys and numerous illustrations
Penguin 1995 Dewey Dec. 915
“The Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur and the Trans-Siberian Express – only a few of the evocative names that fill this, the story of Paul Theroux’s epic journey by rail through India and Asia. A journey on which he encounters a huge variety of places and people, food, faiths and cultures, and which has at its heart an enduring fascination with trains and railways.” – Book cover.
Being the account of a journey from Teheran across the Turkoman desert on the eastern shore of the Caspian to Khiva, Bokhara, and Samarcand, performed in the year 1863
1865 Dewey Dec. 915
Concerning the kingdoms and marvels of the East
Yule, Henry, ed.
1871 Dewey Dec. 915
With maps and other illustrations. Marco Polo (1254-1324) was a Venetian merchant and explorer who travelled through Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295 and stayed in China for 17 of those years. His account of the travels was first published in 1300.