- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Stone Bridge Press; Revised Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933330945
- ISBN-13: 978-1933330945
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.5 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
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China Survival Guide: How To Avoid Travel Troubles and Mortifying Mishaps, Revised Edition Paperback – April 26, 2011
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"As I was reading the second edition, I felt as if I was reliving my magical Asian adventure. The Herzbergs use wit, wisdom, and warmth in relaying essential China travel tips on etiquette, cultural history, and traveling frugally but in style."
Sally Starrfield, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, Duke University Talent Identification Program
"Thank goodness for Larry and Qin Herzberg! Their book was invaluable in helping me anticipate some of the more foreign aspects of traveling in China, not to mention that the book is hilarious! Travel groups will benefit from their expertise on surviving in China with grace and humor."
Susan Glassburn Larimer, China Travel Coordinator, Indiana University School of Social Work
About the Author
Larry Herzberg did his PhD work in Chinese and founded the Chinese language programs at Albion College and Calvin College; he is also a professional violinist. In 2011 Larry was awarded the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, the highest honor that Calvin College bestows on a faculty member.
Qin Xue Herzberg, a graduate of Beijing Normal University, has taught Chinese for decades and has been an upper-level Chinese professor at Calvin College for more than ten years.
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Make sure you write down the taxi driver's cabby license number so you can report him if necessary. We were taken for a ride (over an hour)in Xi'an to drive up the fare from the airport and we were terrified that he would drop us by the side of the empty highway at 10pm.
The biggest problem when using the squat potties is the stray puddles of urine. I don't know how women wear sandals! You have to roll up your pants and swing your handbag across your back so it doesn't touch the floor. Most places do have Western style toilets but you have to wait.
I did not see any diet drinks anywhere so you have to drink bottled water. The juices are less sweet than in the US but you have to be sure to ask for cold otherwise you will be given room temp.
Anything that is imported is the same or more expensive than in the US. Japanese snacks like Pocky are the same price. My friend's suitcase was filled with Lancome cosmetics for her cousin so that is a good gift for hosts. People are very conscious of real brand names and will pay through the nose at the Nike or Adidas store.
Lastly, most of the tourists you will see are Chinese, not Western. There is a vast middle and upper and even uber class. Tourist sites are geared to the Chinese not Westerners. There was a Porsche dealer in every city we visited. In August2009, the ten story Superbrands Mall in Shanghai Pudong was packed to the rafters with people shopping at Western priced stores. Malls in the US are half empty.
Much is about the authors' experiences while traveling again and again to the Middle Kingdom, and they conclude with a list of must see recommendations and a fine section on reference work if you wish to go on and understand more about past and present China.
If there is a weakness in the work it is the one they warn about in their introduction, last years much less last months notations are already out-of-date. China is in a constant state of flux, things they mention as problems for the traveler have often been dealt with for example ATM machines now accepting foreign cards and a button for instructions in English even in small towns, but because this is China you may need to use the cash deposit machine next over for withdrawal if the ATM rejects your card and forget about reading the web edition of the New York Times, it has fallen off the screen in 2013 after a critical series on leaders' accumulated wealth.
Currently still available in Hong Kong, however.