4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Much better alternatives are available,
This review is from: Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future (Hardcover)
I always enjoy Tom Scocca's writing on Slate. But not this.
If you want to hear a long list of complaints about life in Beijing, this is your book. Yeah, there is a bureaucracy you have to deal with as an expat, they make it annoying to keep your visa, there is constant construction noise, debris, and garbage, etc. etc. Scocca seems to mention the air pollution on virtually every page. And while he is perhaps understandably bitter about how the pollution triggered his infant son's asthma, that doesn't necessarily make for the best reading at times.
And while this book is very recently published, its focus on the run-up to the 2008 Olympics makes it feel already-dated. All of Pete Hessler's books are more relevant. If you want to actually learn something about China, read those. Or Rob Gifford's.