Sunday, 6 December 2009


"Long Rider Joseph Rock’s travels in China during the 1920s and 30s still stand alone. A self-taught linguist and naturalist, Rock left his native Vienna, Austria and set out for a life full of excitement. He found it in the remote tribal regions of China. For nearly thirty years Rock wandered among the wild border provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, and Sichuan. Feted by native rulers and a confident of shamans, Rock would employ tribal bodyguards to accompany his equestrian caravans into these remote and dangerous kingdoms. Though never an accredited scientist in the academic sense, Rock was nevertheless a brilliant cultural observer, a talented anthropologist and a dedicated botanist. Thanks to his National Geographic magazine articles, Rock’s amazing travels are inspiring a new generation of equestrian travellers to venture into these formerly “forbidden kingdoms.”