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China Survival Guide: How to Avoid Travel Troubles and Mortifying Mishaps, Revised Edition
Synopses & Reviews
"The problems we talk about are for the most part neglected by most travel guidebooks. We tell you what hassles and headaches you might encounter and how to best deal with them. . . . If you should find yourself in a potentially awkward situation, we hope that we can get you out of it with very little drama."-from the introduction
Originally released in time for the China Olympics, this little book immediately caught on with first-time and seasoned travelers thanks to its compact format, affordability, and reliable information delivered with savvy humor. The authors have now improved their work with new sections on critical issues like air travel and appropriate clothing, lots of data updates and fresh recommendations, plus all-new photographs and captions to make the book even more fun to browse. Uniquely designed to address all the travails of being a foreign tourist in China, it includes practical checklists on transportation, lodging, walking, haggling, medical and bathroom emergencies, etiquette, crowds, and learning the twin arts of patience and persistence.
Here are just a few examples of this title's many unsolicited rave online reviews:
"Oh my gosh, the book's description of the crazy drivers, the toilets, the waiting in line, was so helpful."—Houston, TX
"I have been to China fourteen times, but still learned so much from this book."—Platte, SD
"I just returned from ten days in China and this book was by far my favorite."—Bainbridge Island, WA
Larry Herzberg and Qin Herzberg are professors of Chinese language and culture at Calvin College in Michigan. They travel to China every year, and have been featured travel experts on MSNBC and other outlets. Qin and Larry live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are also coauthors of Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar: A Students Guide to Correct Structures and Common Errors (Stone Bridge Press, 2011) as well as the recently released Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings: With Observations on Culture and Language (Stone Bridge Press, 2012).
Updated edition of the best-selling travel guide to China that spells out tourist problems and solutions with humor and candor.
About the Author
Larry and Qin Herzberg are a married couple, and are both professors of Chinese language and culture at Calvin College in Michigan. They travel to China every year, both with students and without.
Table of Contents
Welcome to China!
1 A Users Guide to the Chinese Restroom 15
2 Never Take a Black Cab and Other Taxi Tips 23
3 How to Stand in Line and Not Have a Cow 28
4 What to Expect (and Inspect) at Your Hotel 31
5 A Walkers Guide to Chinas Streets 57
6 Shop till You Drop 73
7 Medical Emergencies 84
8 Encountering the Unusual 100
9 Mass Protests and General Mayhem 125
10 The People 134
11 A Basic Guide to Chinese Etiquette 139
12 Restaurants 156
13 English Made in China 162
14 Learning Chinese 169
15 Going Home 179
So Why Go to China? 189
Topic Index 191
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