China Survival Guide: How To Avoid Travel Troubles and Mortifying Mishaps, Revised Edition

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Overview

"The problems we talk about are for the most part neglected by most travel guidebooks. We tell you what hassles and headaches you might encounter and how to best deal with them. . . . If you should find yourself in a potentially awkward situation, we hope that we can get you out of it with very little drama."-from the introduction

Originally released in time for the China Olympics, this little book immediately caught on with first-time and seasoned travelers thanks to its compact format, affordability, and reliable information delivered with savvy humor. The authors have now improved their work with new sections on critical issues like air travel and appropriate clothing, lots of data updates and fresh recommendations, plus all-new photographs and captions to make the book even more fun to browse. Uniquely designed to address all the travails of being a foreign tourist in China, it includes practical checklists on transportation, lodging, walking, haggling, medical and bathroom emergencies, etiquette, crowds, and learning the twin arts of patience and persistence.

Here are just a few examples of this title's many unsolicited rave online reviews:

"Oh my gosh, the book's description of the crazy drivers, the toilets, the waiting in line, was so helpful."—Houston, TX

"I have been to China fourteen times, but still learned so much from this book."—Platte, SD

"I just returned from ten days in China and this book was by far my favorite."—Bainbridge Island, WA

Larry Herzberg and Qin Herzberg are professors of Chinese language and culture at Calvin College in Michigan. They travel to China every year, and have been featured travel experts on MSNBC and other outlets. Qin and Larry live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are also coauthors of Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar: A Student’s Guide to Correct Structures and Common Errors (Stone Bridge Press, 2011) as well as the recently released Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings: With Observations on Culture and Language (Stone Bridge Press, 2012).

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933330945
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Herzberg and Qin Herzberg, a married couple, are professors of Chinese language and culture at Calvin College in Michigan. They travel to China every year, both with students and without, and have been featured travel experts on MSNBC and other outlets. Qin and Larry live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are also coauthors of the recently released Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar: A Student’s Guide to Correct Structures and Common Errors (Stone Bridge Press, 2011).

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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Table of Contents


Welcome to China!

1 A User’s Guide to the Chinese Restroom 15
2 Never Take a Black Cab and Other Taxi Tips 23
3 How to Stand in Line and Not Have a Cow 28
4 What to Expect (and Inspect) at Your Hotel 31
5 A Walker’s Guide to China’s Streets 57
6 Shop till You Drop 73
7 Medical Emergencies 84
8 Encountering the Unusual 100
9 Mass Protests and General Mayhem 125
10 The People 134
11 A Basic Guide to Chinese Etiquette 139
12 Restaurants 156
13 English Made in China 162
14 Learning Chinese 169
15 Going Home 179
So Why Go to China? 189
Topic Index 191

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Very useful and hilarious!

    What a delightful little book this is! We purchased China Survival Guide before a three-week trip to China in January and found it invaluable. This is the perfect complement to other travel books, which provide more details on sights to see but not nearly as much practical information designed to help Westerners adjust to life in China. From advice on crossing busy streets safely to navigating Chinese restrooms to dealing with medical emergencies (which thankfully we didn't have to put to the test), this book is a must-have for first-time travelers to this fascinating country and a bargain to boot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Great book

    Enjoyed reading. Would love to travel with author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2011

    ???!

    I am a student in my second year of taking Chinese in college. Since finishing my first year of Chinese, I have begun to wish that I could have the basic grammar patterns of Chinese written down for me, to help me apply my knowledge outside of the classroom. Sure, I can understand the patterns in class, but outside of class I am often lost. This book is an amazing learning tool to have. It's easy to follow along and it's incredibly helpful. It's the perfect size for carrying around and pulling out when the homework gets tough.

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