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It reads like a novel, fun and humorous and SO WELL WRITTEN.
Gifford will give you great insights into some of the geography, culture, and people you might encounter in China if you do ever end up visiting the country.
The only point were his personal opinion really distorts his otherwise great analysis is when it comes to the morals and norms of the Chinese society.
It was hard to put down; his detailed descriptions made the people he interviewed come to life. I could easily imagine myself sitting beside him as he traveled through... Read morePublished 1 month ago by barb
Great book! Our Book Club enjoyed it and had a very thoughtful discussion. Rob Gifford is a gifted writer and the concept of the book is very appropriate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Caren M. Martin
Rob takes a risk in exploring many complex issues with an honest view. He does his best to reflect views of the many Chinese people he has met along the way and clearly loves. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Blair
The book follows stream of consciousness. There is little to no insight to be gained and his fluffy language takes up majority of the text, FOR EXAMPLE: "I stand, still out of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by happytraveler
I initially picked up this book because for the past couple of months I have been interested in teaching English over in China. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deidra
A fascinating read. Makes China much more understandable -- and reads very easilyPublished 5 months ago by Daniel G. Bobrow
For a book that is a few years old now it was quite a good read and gave me an interesting prospective from the streets of China!Published 5 months ago by SpumRocket
Just visited Southwestern China and Beijing and read the book while traveling. Great up to date view of the recent urban and rural development in China. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Van Vleet