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Hong Mei's (洪梅) debut travelogue, The Farther I Walk, The Closer I Get To Me (走得越远,离自己越近), takes readers on a meditative backpacking odyssey across the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent over the course of a year.
Hong is recognized as the first Chinese woman on record to have backpacked across all of India, for which Asian Age has called her a "modern Faxian."
The book's Chinese-language narrative recounts how Hong's adventurous spirit steered her off the beaten path of tourism and deep into the country and its customs. Encountering Maoist insurgents in Orissa, performing in a Bollywood production alongside superstar Aamir Khan, befriending India's Hijra community, and being kidnapped and subsequently arrested in the Dharavi slums are among her many unique experiences.
Written from the unique perspective of a young Chinese woman of the 1980s generation, and heralding the transformative nature of independent travel, Hong's groundbreaking journey and book have been covered extensively in the international media. Husband Tom Carter, the critically acclaimed photographer and author of CHINA: Portrait of a People, adds a wonderful dimension with his numerous beautiful photographs.
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"A modern Faxian." - Asian Age
"Considered one of the most comprehensive travelogues of India ever written by a Chinese person." Beijing Review
"Hong's travelogue showcases the brilliant diversity of Indian life and culture, which she wrote humorously, passionately and earnestly." Shanghai Daily
"Exemplifies a new type of Chinese tourist: young, wanderlusty, and willing to abandon the guided tour for a more adventurous itinerary." - China Digital Times
"Half a century after western hippies began backpacking from Europe to Asia on the old Silk Road, young Chinese backpackers are discovering the joys of hitting the road." - The Guardian
"With awareness of Indian tourism set to grow even further, the publishing of Hong Mei's account of her groundbreaking backpacking journey across India couldn't have come at a better time." - GBTimes
"Her ground breaking backpacking journey to India illustrates a growing trend among new Chinese middle classes to quit their jobs to hit the roads abroad."- Press Trust India
"Hong Mei and Tom Carter: the peripatetic power couple." - SmartBeijing
"Perhaps the experiences of married couple Tom Carter and Hong Mei, who see travel as more than just a vacation experience, can provide us a window into how a journey can change one's life." - Global Times
"With the shift of ideas and emergence of well-to-do middle class, the trend of backpacking abroad has sprung up among Chinese travelers. But only a handful of them have received as rich a culture experience as Hong Mei." - China Radio International
"Increasing interest in unique trips has fueled the growth of a genre of travel memoirs in China covering off-the-beaten-track adventures. Among authors in this category, Chinese adventure traveler Hong Mei had published perhaps one of the most unique titles to date about her year traveling in India" - Jing Daily
"She may well be the first mainland woman to have backpacked across the country." - South China Morning Post
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