The 238 breathtaking color photographs in this oversized volume take us on a visual journey through the greatest splendors of China's varied geography and the chief monuments of its 5,000-year-old civilization. These remarkable images show us the country's most famous landmarks--like the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the terra-cotta army of the First Qin Emperor--as we have never seen them before, and provide us with a spectacular introduction to less familiar but just as fascinating attractions, like the great tulous, or earthen houses, of Fujian Province; the terraced fields of Yuanyang County; and the multicolored travertine lakes of Huanglong Valley. Extended captions at the back of the book provide a concise introduction to the history and significance of each of the forty-four locales depicted, twenty-eight of which have been designated as World Heritage sites.
This beautiful volume is not only a celebration of the natural and cultural wonders that have made China the most popular tourist destination in Asia and one of the four most popular in the world overall; it is also a collector's item in its own right. With its oversize panoramic format, twelve gatefolds, and handsome slipcase, China is a testament to the bookbinder's craft.
Every copy includes one of ten different signed and numbered digital photographic prints, each of which is strictly limited to an edition of only three hundred. In short, China is the ultimate gift for anyone with an interest in the Middle Kingdom.
This hardcover book measures 17¾ inches by 11 7/8 inches. Published September 15, 2009.
Brand: Abbeville Press
Origin: United States
Since 1977, Abbeville Press has published lavishly illustrated books about architecture, fashion, travel, and pop culture. The award-winning brand brings its trademark design and editorial excellence to Abbeville Family: its division of children's books, parenting guides, and family-oriented titles (including a stunning cloth-bound collection on Norman Rockwell).