Where the Great Wall Ends by Jinny Batterson
"Duststorms, earthquakes—Jinny Batterson's Where the Great Wall Ends has plenty of exciting reading. But more important, it gives us a compelling glimpse into the lives of a distant people whose hopes and aspirations are not so different from our own."
—Jean Faglie, author of The China I Know
"I liked this book because I enjoyed hearing Jinny Batterson's deep interest in China and its inhabitants. Jinny, along with her husband, showed me a China that I would not come across easily....I am passing the book along to a friend who is planning to tour China this coming Fall. She will get a taste of China that should add to her enjoyment of the country."
—Marianna Crane, author of Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clininc: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers
Although Jinny's early childhood attempts to dig through the earth to China were unsuccessful, about thirty years later, in 1980, she got her first chance to travel there. The tourist highlights of that initial excursion included a section of China's signature landmark, the Great Wall. During subsequent time spent living and journeying through some of China's less-frequented rural areas, she's seen both western and eastern terminuses of China's 5,500 mile wall. This book brings to life her varied experiences with China.
Part travel narrative, part personal memoir, part environmental plea, Where the Great Wall Ends chronicles the author's lifelong interest in China and her nearly forty years of intermittent tourism, travel, and teaching in this vast, diverse, sometimes fragile land.
Jinny has spent nearly three years of her life in various parts of the People's Republic of China, touring, traveling, and teaching. Some of her earlier writings have appeared in Richmond, Virginia's Style Weekly, in Carolina Woman, and in various specialized publications. She continues to travel and to work to improve her word craft.