Author(s): Rob Gifford
Running 3,000 miles from the eat-coast boomtown of Shanghai to the border of Kazakhstan in the north-west, Route 312 - China's 'Route 66' - is a road that Rob Gifford has always wanted to travel. Gifford's journey and his desire to get to the heart of this country make China Road an outstanding and funny travel narrative - part pilgrimage, part reportage - which illuminates a country on the move.
Rob Gifford's eight-part radio series about travelling along Route 312 was broadcast to acclaim to NPR's 22 million listeners.China is experiencing an unprecedented period of cultural and economic boom
'Fascinating ... gives us a privileged view of China's dark corners and its exhilarating vistas' Daily Telegraph 'Gifford gets under the skin of the world's next superpower ... he's the perfect guide' ***** Wanderlust 'Gifford is one of the few Europeans to have made the whole journey as a hitchhiker. On the way, as splendidly recorded in China Road, he takes the temperature of a nation' Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller 'An absorbing cultural trip ... Conversations with truckers, hookers, karaoke-bar hostesses and peasants are interspersed with briefings on the status, politics and past of the country' The Times
Rob Gifford first went to China in 1987 as a twenty-year-old undergraduate, to study the language. A fluent Mandarin speaker and former BBC producer, he has spent twenty years studying, visiting and reporting on China. From 1999 to 2005 he was Beijing correspondent for the US network, National Public Radio. During that time he travelled all over China, from Tibet to the Russian border, and from the Muslim northwest to North Korea. He is now NPR's London bureau chief.