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China road : a journey into the future of a rising power

Author: Rob Gifford
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2007.
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Route 312 is the Chinese Route 66. It flows 3,000 miles, passing through the factory towns of the coastal areas, through the rural heart of China, then up into the Gobi Desert, where it merges with the Old Silk Road. The highway witnesses every part of the social and economic revolution that is turning China upside down. In this surprising book, radio journalist Rob Gifford, a fluent Mandarin speaker, takes Route  Read more...
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Gifford, Rob.
China road.
New York : Random House, c2007
(OCoLC)607826859
Online version:
Gifford, Rob.
China road.
New York : Random House, c2007
(OCoLC)609960906
Named Person: Rob Gifford; Rob Gifford
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Gifford
ISBN: 9781400064670 1400064678
OCLC Number: 76829083
Description: xxi, 322 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., map ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Mother Road --
The Promised Land --
Dislocation --
Things Flow --
The Unfinished Revolution --
"A Single Spark Can Light a Prairie Fire" --
Silicon Valley --
"Women Hold Up Half the Sky" --
"Put the People First" --
Power --
The Hermit of Hua Shan --
Elvis Lives --
The Last Great Empire --
Monks and Nomads --
No Longer Relying on Heaven --
"We Want to Live!" --
Respect --
The End of the Wall --
The Caves of a Thousand Buddhas --
Endurance --
The Great Wall of the Mind --
"China Is a Colonial Power" --
From Sea to Shining Sea --
A Road Is Made.
Responsibility: Rob Gifford.
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Route 312 is the Chinese Route 66. It flows 3,000 miles, passing through the factory towns of the coastal areas, through the rural heart of China, then up into the Gobi Desert, where it merges with the Old Silk Road. The highway witnesses every part of the social and economic revolution that is turning China upside down. In this surprising book, radio journalist Rob Gifford, a fluent Mandarin speaker, takes Route 312 from its start in the boomtown of Shanghai to its end on the border with Kazakhstan. Gifford reveals the rich mosaic of modern Chinese life in all its contradictions, as he poses the crucial questions that all of us are asking about China: Will it really be the next global superpower? Is it as solid and as powerful as it looks from the outside? And who are the ordinary Chinese people, to whom the 21st century is supposed to belong? --From publisher description.

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