Invisible China by Colin Legerton & Jacob Rawson This is one of the more in depth well written books that has come across our desk in some time. Join authors Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson as they journey to a number of remote parts of China, regions that most westerners will never visit. They are both fluent in Mandarin (official language of China), Uyghur and Korean. Without language barriers they are able to really connect with a variety of people as well as gain their trust (speaking the language and being Caucasian in non touristy areas, they were definitely asked if they were spies on more than several occasions!).
Read about their experiences in small villages and their descriptions of how both government and natural resource availability has changed people’s livelihoods in a relatively short amount of time. This is a fascinating read from many perspectives; travelers interested in a part of China you don’t hear about often in the “western world” as well as those interested in anthropology and the minority cultures within China’s vast geographic regions. By the way, collectively the population of China’s minority cultures number over 120 million which is more than many countries of the world.