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- Publication Date: September 26, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075Z3WGY8
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In reading the book, I tried to think as a traveler with this book in hand. Some years ago, I visited Taiwan- on an official visit so we were subject to plans made by our hosts. But I longed to, and the day before departure I did get to stroll the nearby streets. I did eventually find a street where mainly computers and electronics were sold, most in the open air – a ‘computer/electronics street’. Had I a similar companion book then, I would have liked to easily find computer/electronic stores. To avoid page flipping, my natural instinct would be to check for an Index. Travelers may find the book useful for study before travel, but once there, they may wish to have more instant access to particular places or actions, and not be rifling through an already large book. This suggests that an Index may increase the utility of the book – headings such as: Ordering Food in Beijing, pp. X-Y; or Food delivery Services, pp. A-B etc.
I have always said that people from one culture can become more accommodative if they learn about or experience other cultures. Reading is about the minimum requirement; visiting and living with other people tend to modify old beliefs and extend understanding. The book is helpful at both levels, and (apart from the Index issue) is highly recommended to people planning to visit or live in China.
One of the many reasons to depend on Ani’s fine guide she explains in the Introduction – ‘I moved to China three years ago. When preparing to relocate, I was looking for practical tips or advice, books that could help me understand what to expect. Frankly speaking, I did not find many. However, my research on the Internet was more successful. I came across some good articles but could not find a comprehensive, concise, and practical handbook on China. So now, after my personal experiences living and traveling in China, I have decided to write this book. My hope is that it might be helpful to anyone planning to relocate or just looking to spend a few days or weeks in China. Here you will find everything you need to know for your trip, starting with what you need to prepare, what to avoid, dos and don'ts, popular scams, how to get around, as well as main places to eat, to live, and so on. I am really surprised to see so few foreigners when I travel in throughout provinces in China, mostly I am surrounded by local tourists. Maybe this lack of international tourism is because information in other languages is missing. Or perhaps the available information doesn’t look quite right as it was translated by Google/Baidu (Chinese Google) translate. I would encourage anyone to visit this beautiful country and its provinces, which are so diverse and yet sometimes look so little similar to one another. I can frankly confess that my favorite province is Yunnan, with its rich and stunning nature, diverse minority culture, and its delicious cuisine. China boasts not only the Great Wall and Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army, but so much more.’
The amount of information shared in this book is staggering – Ani knows and shares it all, accompanied by beautiful color photographs. She divides her travel guide into Planning your trip to China (ALL the details!), Airports in Shanghai and Beijing, Getting a=round in China, her list of Top Hotels (both high class and budget), Renting an apartment, Western shops an markets in Beijing, Chinese restaurants she recommends (and Western style eateries), how to order and have food delivered, sites to see, what to buy, use of credit cards, travel agencies, socializing, massage, finding babysitters, and scam alerts to note and avoid.
Reading this book is imperative before visiting China – solid information, well researched and with the added benefit of speaking with someone who really knows and loves China as a destination. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, September 17
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Ani Right decided to write this guide as she now lives in China, but prior to this when trying to find helpful travel advice, she realised that there wasn't many options on the market, that covered a variety of useful topics. In this book the reader gathers knowledge on many areas such as essential tips and information to planning your trip, important numbers, navigating Shanghai and Beijing airport, getting around China, the best places to stay, food, the best tourist locations throughout China, the correct etiquette, how to avoid being scammed and much more.
I've never been to China and don't think I ever will, it's not a location that appeals to me. However reading this was interesting and I think that if anyone was planning to visit China this book would be helpful to them or even people that just wish to learn more about this country.