The Chinese ecotourism industry is expanding fast, with 15 million foreign tourists visiting in 2008 and access to remote areas becoming easier by road and air. Exploring Natural China reflects this growing interest: it is the only natural-history travelogue on China written and photographed by a naturalist/biologist who has been there. .
In the course of her travels Heather Angel saw not only the iconic pandas and tigers but pink dolphins in Hong Kong and the curious-looking takins in Sichuan. Over 250 photos taken in 13 offbeat locations show the notable plants and wildlife in scenery ranging from bamboo forests to alpine pastures. Detailed maps encourage you to follow in Heather’s footsteps, while her ‘Travellers’ Tips’ covers all the things – from how to order food to what mains adapters to take – that you wish you had known before you left home.
Exploring Natural China is essential reading for anyone planning to explore the wilder parts of China and for armchair travellers who prefer to sit back and learn more about this enigmatic country.
Heather Angel, is a British award-winning wildlife photographer who constantly traverses the globe in search of pictures. She has made many trips to Japan specifically to photograph snow monkeys in different seasons.
Her passion for nature, fostered by holidays on her grandparents" Suffolk farm, culminated in a zoology degree at Bristol University. Heather then had no ambition to be a photographer, but whilst working as a marine biologist she used a camera to document marine life. She became hooked on photography and for more than a quarter of a century, Heather Angel has been at the forefront of wildlife photography in Britain. In addition to managing her own stock library, Natural Visions, she is a prolific writer with over 50 books to her name, including Giant Pandas and Puffins, in the Wildlife Monograph series by Evans Mitchell Books.
Her work, which combines scientific accuracy with a strong pictorial appeal, has been recognised by many awards both in Britain and overseas. Heather Angel was President of the Royal Photographic Society from 1984-86 and she has been a Special Professor at Nottingham University since 1994. Major solo exhibitions of Heather’s work have been on show in London as well as in China, Malaysia and Egypt.