(development editor) is the author of the Cadogan Guides’ China: The Silk Routes
and has also updated and edited various China titles for Odyssey Guides. A Mandarin speaker and former resident of Beijing who has been to almost every corner of China, he has written on the country for Time, The Sunday Times
(U.K.), the National Post
(Canada), and numerous other magazines and newspapers in Asia and North America. He moderates The Oriental-List,
an Internet discussion list dealing with travel in China (see www.neville-hadley.com).
J. D. Brown has lived and worked in China and has written about China as a literary traveler, a travel writer, and a guidebook author. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Islands, and National Geographic Traveler. He is also the author of F rommer’s ShanghaiFrommer’s China: The 50 Most Memorable Trips. When he is not traveling in the Far East, he lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Josh Chin lived in Beijing for 2.5 years, during which time he worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer, and served as copy editor for the government-run China Daily. He first visited China in 1991, and studied Mandarin at Peking University in 1998. He has also lived in Utah, Maine, and Hong Kong. This is his first book for Frommer’s. He would like to thank Susan and Yang Jingdong in Changchun, and Feng Hua, Corrie Dosh, and Katie Benner in Beijing for their various forms of help.
Sharon Owyang, born in Singapore and a graduate of Harvard University, divides her time between film and television projects in the U.S. and China, and freelance travel writing. She has written about Shanghai, China, Vietnam, and San Diego for Insight Guides, Compact Guides, the Los Angeles Times, and several websites. When she’s not traveling, she pays her dues in Los Angeles, California.
Beth Reiber worked for several years in Germany as a freelance travel writer writing for major U.S. newspapers and in Tokyo as editor of the Far East Traveler. Now a freelance travel writer residing in Lawrence, Kansas, with her two sons, she’s the author of several Frommer’s guides including Frommer’s Japan and Frommer’s Tokyo, and is a contributor to Frommer’s Europe from $70 a Day and Frommer’s USA.
For the past 15 years, Michelle Sans has studied, taught, and directed academic tours in China. She speaks and reads Mandarin and holds a master’s degree in Chinese language and classical literature.
Graeme Smith has traveled through most of China’s backwaters over the last 15 years. After almost selling his girlfriend to a truck driver for ¥20 ($2.50) he realized it was time to learn the language properly, and spent 2 years pacing the corridors of Peking and Tsinghua universities in search of enlightenment. He was lured away from the comforts of academic life and a substantial contract with the South Coogee Wanderers Football Club to join our team.