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  • Location: Bejing, Tibet

Braised Pork

Braised Pork

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2000s: A woman finds her husband dead in the bath…

  • ISBN: 978-1787301870
  • Genre: Fiction, Translated Fictioin

What you need to know before your trail

One morning in autumn, just after breakfast, Jia Jia finds her husband dead in the bathtub of their Beijing apartment. Next to him is a piece of folded paper, a sketch of a strange creature from his dream. He has left her no other sign.

Young, alone, and with many unanswered questions, Jia Jia sets out to discover what this this mysterious clue might mean. From the high-rises to the hidden bars of contemporary Beijing, she crosses paths with people who call the city home, including someone who may be able to offer her the love she had long thought impossible. Her journey takes her to the high plains of Tibet, and even to a shadowy, watery otherworld, a place she both yearns for and fears.

Travel Guide

Travel BookTrail style from Bejing to Tibet


A dreamlike evocation of nocturnal Beijing:

“It was snowing and rather cold, even for a December night in Bejing. The haze contaminated the snow as it descended in flakes the size of sunflower seeds. Bu one am., the road had settled to a slumber under a light grey canopy.”


Lovely evocative descriptions of the high plains of Tibet as the woman goes on the journey planned with her husband to examine her life, loss and love and to find out what the world of water and the picture of the fish really mean. The ‘scenes’ here evoke a rural, idyllic Tibetan lifestyle.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Braised Pork

Destination : Bejing, Tibet   Author/Guide:  An Yu Departure Time: 2000s

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