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About the Author

Despite being 'asked to leave' school at 16, Brian Bailie has made his mark as an entrepreneur in a variety of creative enterprises including commercial artist, furniture designer, product design consultant, copywriter, and mentor. In 1999 Brian was elected a member of the Chartered Society of Designers, and a professional member of American Society of Furniture Designers. By 2003 the international demand of his licensed products led Brian to establish a manufacturing operation in China with a couple of Texan expats based in Hangzhou. Today this business manages the China-side manufacturing and marketing activities for ambitious Western businesses, ensuring that their clients reap the benefits of doing business in China. Brian’s other books include: Alzheimer’s Timeline, a lay-men’s study of dementia in the family ; The Broncle, a curious tale of adoption and reunion; and Raising a Smile, a children's book of story and rhymes, in support of NI Children's Hospice.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467935263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467935265
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Bailie is a plain-spoken and candid author, writing in a conversational style that openly reflects his personality.

Having taken his headmaster's advice, Brian left school aged 16, and started his own business that same year. He has since made his mark as an entrepreneur in a variety of creative enterprises including commercial artist, cabinetmaker, product designer and consultant, and author.
Brian is an owner of an international design and manufacturing business based in UK and mainland China.

Brian Bailie lives in the green lumpy landscape between the lough and the sea on the Ards Peninsula of Northern Ireland.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Ashton on August 16, 2012
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This book is poorly written, often uncharitable, rather vulgar, (and has enough parentheses to write a sizeable program in Lisp). For the Westerner traveling to China, it's also indispensable.

If you answer to that description, particularly if you're traveling on business, buy this book. Mr. Bailie may not have a secretary or an editor, but his little book will save you money, time, hassle, and embarrassment. And despite all the errors of syntax, it's really entertaining reading.

This book shouldn't be your only guide to China, but it's not meant to be. This book is where you will find the critical details that seasoned travelers know, but that polite travel books can't or won't print.

If you seek great travel literature and refined English prose, look elsewhere. If you want successful trips to China, you need to read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the health nut on March 23, 2013
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Most Amazon purchasers will not understand that this is a guide for the businesman coming to China for that reason, not for the casual tourist. If you were to pick this book up in the store and read the back cover, you would see a paragraph that explains what the book is really about. But, for the casual Amazon online shopper, they may be mislead.

I'm about halfway through the Kindle edition of this remarkable living and culture guide. I'm quite impressed with the Irish sense of humor. He reminds me of Dave Allen. I think some more prudish commentators have criticized the mocking, irreverant tone of the book. Yes, it is true that he is not respectful of the Chinese culture. But, the book is not designed to teach you flower arranging. It is designed to help you defend against a country with scams, strange bargaining in markets, abysmal air quality and terrible police. Where everything is different!

This book is not what I had hoped for. I like it, but I thought it was a guide for the traveler. The emphasis on living and doing business in China with the Chinese, rather than sightseeing and the inattention on the needs of the short-term traveler makes me downgrade my original rating from 5 to 3 stars. At 132 pages, I think he had enough room to include stuff for the first time traveler to China, too, and then maybe separate the book into two sections. Tourist in China AND doing business in China.

But, none of the other reviewers had thought to include this what to me seems to be a fatal flaw, or at least something that needs to be pointed out, in their reviews. Since, the author is such a talented writer, if he chose to correct this flaw in a third edition, I think he would do a great job, without putting forth a gargantuan effort.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By awest on February 8, 2012
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I started reading this book yesterday and finished it this afternoon. If you can get past the poor grammer and spelling it is a good read. I liked this book because it provided an overview of lots of different topics including travel considerations, hotel information, medical information, cultural do's and don'ts and more. It's not something you are going to use as a reference book, but if what you're after is a basic overview of a lot of pertinent topics relevant to a new traveler to China, you'll be satisfied. One last thing I want to mention is how funny I found the book. I was laughing so hart at times my stomach hurt. That quality in a travel book is rare.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tendertoucher on September 6, 2011
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This was such a refreshing read - so different to the usual guides I have bought before visiting foreign countries. Everything I needed to know was there, and written in a no nonsense and often humorous way that appealed to my sense of humour and kept me reading all the way through without a break! I thoroughly recommend this book for both it's entertainment value and the vital information that it holds.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2011
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Now that China is a foremost economy on the world stage, it has become essential for those considering doing business or travelling there (or just curious) to be well versed in the basics of Chinese customs and behavior. Prepare Yourself for China does just that.
Solid advice on dealing with situations that may be encountered is given in a lucid, illuminating (and light hearted) manner based entirely on the author's personal experiences of travelling in the country.
This book is at times exceptionally witty, nonetheless is highly informative and fills the gaps left by other Travel guides, reassuring those in need of a more personal account.
Laced with self deprecating humour, this is most definately an essential must read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JenDC24 on December 7, 2012
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Reading this book is like sitting at the bar and striking up a conversation about travelling to China with a stranger. You listen for a bit, there are a few interesting tid bits, but overall you don't take your experience as profound or very useful. This book is not very detailed and gives no resources to further prepare yourself for your trip. For example, the author repeats over and over about using a telephone translator but gives no names of translator services he's used, reviews and comparisons. Then he throws in little stories here and there, but overall this book is not useful for preparing for China. You would be better off going to the Frommers website and reading through that. The only useful bit I found in this book was the roughly page and a half of useful Chinese phrases. The issue here is that the author states that he finds another book (Lonely Planet, I believe) to give a more useful langauge reference. Save your money and time on this one...
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