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My Journey to Lhasa

The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City
David-Neel, Alexandra (Book - 2005)
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An exemplary travelogue of danger and achievement by the Frenchwoman Madame Alexandra David-Neel of her 1923 expedition to Tibet, the fifth in her series of Asian travels, and her personal recounting of her journey to Lhasa, Tibet's forbidden city. In order to penetrate Tibet and reach Lhasa, she used her fluency of Tibetan dialects and culture, disguised herself as a beggar with yak hair extensions and inked skin and tackled some of the roughest terrain and climate in the World. With the help of her young companion, Yongden, she willingly suffered the primitive travel conditions, frequent outbreaks of disease, the ever-present danger of border control and the military to reach her goal. The determination and sheer physical fortitude it took for this woman, delicately reared in Paris and Brussels, is inspiration for men and women alike. David-Neel is famous for being the first Western woman to have been received by any Dalai Lama and as a passionate scholar and explorer of Asia, hers is one of the most remarkable of all travellersߴales.
Authors: David-Neel, Alexandra, 1868-1969
Title: My journey to Lhasa
the classic story of the only western woman who succeeded in entering the forbidden city
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2005
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
Characteristics: xxxix, 317 p. :,ill., 1 map ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Alexandra David-Neel ; with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama ; and an introduction by Diana N. Rowan
Notes: Originally published: New York : Harper and Brothers, 1927
ISBN: 0060596554
Branch Call Number: 915.15 D249m 2005
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: David-Neel, Alexandra, 1868-1969 Travel China Lhasa Lhasa (China) Description and travel
LCCN: 2004063623
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The story of David-Neel’s harrowing four month journey in 1923 to become the first Western female to reach Lhasa, Tibet’s forbidden city. Her fascination with Asia, and determination in reaching the Forbidden City, makes this a title you should try!

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Jun 12, 2014
  • YoNella rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is worth reading, but if you read it, please go straight to the story first. Then go back and read the intros and forwards. You will thank me.


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