“As a long time American expatriate and former foreign correspondent, I have led a very nomadic life. But while spending much time in Asia, the thought of visiting Mongolia, that legendary home of the world’s nomads, had never occurred to me.”
Thus begins Carl Robinson in the preface of his just released travel guide, Mongolia, Nomad Empire of Eternal Blue Sky.
With a a diverse history, a rich culture, and some of the world’s most hospitable people, Mongolia has grassy steppes, snow-capped mountains, forested ranges, and deserts stretching from China to Russia. A land of constant surprises, it was the first outpost in the Soviet Empire. Its most famous – or infamous – native son was Genghis Khan. .
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Hong Kong-based travel publisher Odyssey Books and Guides has launched Mongolia, Nomad Empire of Eternal Blue Sky. It takes readers on a personal journey around this vast nation of 3 million people. Traveling aboard the Trans-Mongolian Railway from Beijing, Robinson explores the capital of Ulannbaatar and then travels clockwise around the entire country. Many of the destinations mentioned in the book are not found on standard tour itineraries.
More than a travel guide, the book is lavishly illustrated with 250 colour photographs and 14 maps. There are topical essays on geography, transport, religion, and history.
The book was officially launched last week in the art deco Library of the China Club in Hong Kong. Author Carl Robinson gave a brief introduction to the book and autographed copies. Man about town David Tang addressed the gathering in his posh British accent. And Mongolian pop idol Ganzorig Battsooj serenaded the crowd with Mongolian style throat singing accompanied by the horse fiddle.
Odyssey’s first tome was published in 1979. More than 100 guides – from the Silk Road to the Three Gorges to the Yangtze River – have now been published.
Copyright: Michael Taylor