Peter Goullart spent nine years in the all-but-forgotten Nakhi Kingdom of south west China. He had a job entirely suited to his inquiring, gossipy temperament: to get to know the local traders, merchants, inn-keepers and artisans to decide which to back with a loan from the cooperative movement. A Russian by birth, due to his extraordinary skill in language and dialects, Goullart made himself totally at home in Likiang, which had been ruled by Mandarin officials descended from ancient dynasties and was visited by caravans of Tibetan and Burmese traveling merchants, and such mysterious local highland peoples as the Lobos.
Through him we are able to travel back to this complex society, which believed simultaneously and sincerely in Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, in addition to their ancient Animism and Shamanism.
‘There's nothing else like Forgotten Kingdom in travel literature on China.' Professor Erik Mueggler
'This is a book about paradise by a man who lived there for nine years.' Times Literary Supplement
Forgotten Kingdom: Nine Years in Yunnan
Format: 256pp demi pb
Peter Goullart was born at the start of the 20th century and lived for 30 years in China, gaining an unprecedented insight into the country and its many peoples. After escaping from the communists in 1947, he worked for the UN and luckily for us found time to write about his extraordinary experiences in China. Forgotten Kingdom is the finest of his four travel books.