WildChina Book Club:
The Great Wall in 50 Objects by William Lindesay (Event #59)
For our February book club, we’ll be reading The Great Wall in 50 Objects, in preparation for our chat with the author, William Lindesay.
Join us in reading The Great Wall in 50 Objects, a look into the illuminating history of China’s most celebrated landmark from 2nd century BCE through the late-20th century. Author William Lindesay tells the stories of 50 carefully selected artifacts that were inspired by the Wall, like Abraham Ortelius’s pioneering world atlas and Kafka’s ‘At the Building of the Great Wall.’ Join us in reading the book before our live chat with the author.
William Lindesay has spent more than 800 days on the Great Wall during his many years in China, completing “the most successful foreign exploration of the Great Wall” according to China’s Xinhua News Agency. The British researcher has conducted extensive surveys on the Beijing portion of the Great Wall, publishing three books on the subject including documentation of his 2,470km solo journey Alone on the Great Wall. Organizing efforts to protect this wonder of the world, William has founded several societies and programs that engage in Great Wall conservation. In 2001 he founded “International Friends of the Great Wall”, a Hong Kong based society to assist China’s cultural relics protection team in preserving the Great Wall.
- Mei ZhangFounder and CEO of WildChina
Mei Zhang is the founder and CEO of WildChina. Under her leadership, WildChina flourished from a small Hutong operation into an award-winning business. Mei’s own expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards, including Travel and Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist, and Wendy Perrin’s #WOW List of Travel Experts. Mei is an Aspen Institute China Fellow and currently serves as a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board.