By Dominic Ziegler
Black Dragon River is a private trip down one in every of Asia’s nice rivers that finds the region’s crucial background and tradition. The world’s 9th greatest river, the Amur serves as a wide a part of the border among Russia and China. As a crossroads for the good empires of Asia, this zone bargains journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to envision the societies at Europe’s basically borderland with east Asia. He follows a trip from the river’s most sensible to backside, and weaves the historical past, ecology and peoples to teach a quarter enthusiastic about the past—and to teach how this sector holds a key to the complicated and important dating among Russia and China today.
One of Asia’s mightiest rivers, the Amur is usually the main elusive. The terrain it crosses is legendarily tough to traverse. close to the river’s resource, Ziegler travels on horseback from the Mongolian steppe into the taiga, and later he's compelled by means of the river’s impassability to take the Trans-Siberian Railway...
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Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires by Dominic Ziegler