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#5426235 in Books 2016-10-27Original language:English 9.00 x .65 x 6.00l, #File Name: 0995461503286 pages | File size: 17.Mb Simon Clode : Last Flight of the Pigeon: A Journey Across China By Bicycle before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Last Flight of the Pigeon: A Journey Across China By Bicycle: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. If you ride a bike or not, if you know China or not, either way, a must readBy AnthrojanEven though I'm not British and a lot of the cultural references went over my head, I got the gist. The experiences that Simon had, especially with the authorities, are pretty common and I found myself nodding
in agreement many times (I lived taught English in Xinjiang for eight years). The fact that he braved the roads shows that he really is nuts or brave or clueless!! Worst drivers in the world. Loved every minute of it. He painted a true picture of a foreigner trying to understand Chinese culture and he did it on a bike! Thanks for sharing the trip.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. If you run out of Tim Moore books, this is worth reading until he releases anotherBy CustomerI heard about this book through a friend who was vaguely aware of the author having carried out this ride, and he recommended it to me because while I was at university I enjoyed the sort of casually meandering, not-trying-to-be-educational, travel/life experience books of the sort written by Tim Moore, Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace (see French Revolutions, Googlewhack and Yes Man) back in the early to mid 2000s. This is exactly in that genre, or at least really wants to be, and as what I think is a first effort it was both pretty good and pretty funny. Some of the references were a bit obscure, not just to Chinese history but also to some English sportsmen/presenters(?), but the conversational, chatty, amusing style, relaxed pace and total honesty about the pointlessness of the ride made it well worth the read.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Entertaining and insightfulBy G R BarreEntertaining throughout and often outright funny, this book is written in the style every graduate would love to present their final year dissertation if they could. It is a conversational style that would be entertaining and witty but maybe not with your 85 year old maiden aunt present. Not only does he describe the trials and tribulations of such a challenging journey he gives a heartfelt, irreverent insight into the history and culture of the country and its people; yet It is clear he has a strong affection for both. Certainly worth reading. This is the story of a 5000km bicycle ride across China. A journey from the manic streets of the most populous nation's capital, all the way to Kashgar, near its most westerly edge in the province of Xinjiang. Over mountains, through deserts, and along the Silk Road; the author encounters wild dogs, furious sandstorms and tonnes of pot noodles. After moving to Beijing, Simon Clode went in search of the world's most popular bicycle - The Flying Pigeon PA-02. The PA-02 is the bicycle that features in millions of images of China in the 1970s and 80s. Yet, despite being the most produced model of bicycle ever and being made within 100 miles of Beijing, he couldn't find a new one anywhere. Eventually, thanks to a man in Barcelona, he managed to find one of the last remaining models, which was still in the Flying Pigeon factory in Tianjin. Ignoring all advice about the unreliability and general awfulness of the bicycle from the management team, he then cycled it 140km home to Beijing in a moment of sporting endurance heroism to rival all others that involve regular stops for Snickers. Following this triumph and in advance of Flying Pigeon's 65th birthday, he planned to ride the Pigeon 5000km across China from Beijing to Kashgar. He trained for three months and meticulously planned a route along the one road west from Beijing. He then promptly failed in this endeavour before lunch on the very first day by destroying the bike's back wheel with the combined weight of the luggage and himself. Despite killing the Pigeon, fearing this would be his last chance to do something as exciting, he took on the remaining 4950km on the Pigeon's modern day successor - a nondescript 175 Giant mountain bike. This is the story of that journey: through sandstorms; police evictions; and thousands of questions about why he was wearing shorts in April. After Beijing, his route saw him ride through six provinces. First, he passed through industrial Hebei, the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, agricultural Ningxia and Gansu before the road disappeared. He was forced to take the road south into the barren no man's land of northern Qinghai province in order to rejoin the southern branch of the Silk Road in Xinjiang, which finally leads him to his destination. This book contains rude words. About the AuthorSimon Clode was born in Shropshire, UK and spent his entire childhood there. He spent most of these formative years kicking footballs against walls and over fences. He studied Law at Cardiff University, where he won a pool tournament. He followed this up with a Masters in International Affairs at Exeter University, this time triumphing in a competition on Michael Palin's website and winning a T-shirt. He then joined the UK Civil Service where his career highlights include: being bundled to the floor by the Turkish President's security team; being locked out of the Mexican Presidential Palace before talking his way back into it; and offending an Emir by not standing in his presence. Currently, Simon lives in Beijing with one too many bicycles than is necessary for cohabitational bliss.