Item description for Guizhou Province, Second Edition (Odyssey Illustrated Guides) by Gina Corrigan...
Guizhou, isolated from the rest of the world for centuries by its mountainous terrain, remains one of China's most isolated and unspoiled provinces. Its beckoning treasures include Asia's biggest waterfall, China's largest limestone cave, areas of primeval forest, and rare plant and animal species. Celebrated for its hospitality, the province is a lively, visual mix of 13 different ethnic groups, many of whom continue an ancient way of life and time-honored traditions. Here, long-forgotten skills and techniques in the textile artsweaving, embroidery and batikcontinue to flourish, alongside age-old festivals where sumptuous traditional costume is set off by dazzling silver jewelry, and pipes, drums and dancing accompany feasting and drinking. Superb color photography and informed text brings this vividly to life. Extensively revised and updated guide to one of China's most isolated and unspoiled provinces Lavish descriptions of the costume and textile arts of the diverse and colorful ethnic groups Fascinating, informative text unveils age-old skills and crafts Festivals, music, dance and time-honored customs brought to life Special topics and literary excerpts add a historical and mythological perspective Up-to-date practical information and itineraries for getting around, where to stay, what to see and do Superb color photography of costumes, people and the countryside 122 illustrations, 8 maps
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Gina Corrigan was born and educated in the UK and holds a B.Sc. in Geography from London University and a Masters of Education from Nottingham University. She is co-author of a geography textbook on China (Heinenabb Educational Press, 1982), to which she is a frequent visitor, and has co-produced over 20 educational filmstrips on China and Europe for Gateway Audio Visual Publications with her husband Peter. Her photographs of China which have earned her a fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society are published in a wide range of books and articles. She is an avid collector of textiles and costumes from southwest China; her collection of over 50 Miao costumes for festival and everyday use has been acquired by the British Museum, along with extensive documentation and a large number of her photographs. She launched her specialist tour and travel business, Occidor Adventure Tours, in 1980.
Reviews - What do customers think about Guizhou Province, Second Edition (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)?
Good primer for visiting Guizhou Dec 28, 2002
Guizhou is a fascinating area to see the culture of some of China's ethnic minorities, having visited the province twice recently myself, but there are too few books in English on this province.
Gina Corrigan's book is a must for anyone who wants an understanding of the culture and history of the colourful people here. The book is well organized into different parts of Guizhou, with lots of sugested itineraries. It also gives an excellent overview of the different ethnic groups and its customs.
This is by no means a comprehensive book on Guizhou. That would require a size many times this one. There are just too many hidden corners to explore. There are places in the book that I wish for more specific details. The book is also thin on pratical information such as buses, trains, hotel lists. The Lonely planet SW China Guide would be a workable complement for that.
There are some beautiful photos in the book. Even if you don;t plan on visiting the area soon, it still makes a very interesting book to read.
Good guide for a remote province Dec 28, 1998
I normally don't like Odyssey guidebooks, but a Chinese friend gave me their guidebook to Guizhou when I was undecided where to go on holiday. On the basis of it, I decided to visit the province as part of a three-week trip out of Beijing to South China. The book has excellent photos, but was light in areas on how-to details. I used it in tandem with Lonely Planet's guide to China, and the two complimented each other nicely. I only spent 10 days in Guizhou, which wasn't enough. I'm heading back someday, and will use the guide to festival dates in the book to better plan my visit.