Graeme Smith spent 2 years pacing the corridors of Peking and Tsinghua universities in search of enlightenment. He was lured away from the comforts of academic life to contribute to Frommer’s China, 1st Edition, and then wrote most of what is a brand-new Frommer’s Beijing, 3rd Edition, from his base in a traditional courtyard house. This was bulldozed in mid-production, giving him first-hand experience of Beijing's rapid redevelopment. He sat out SARS, waiting for the city to reopen so this book could be completed, and has now taken up a research position at the Contemporary China Centre of the Australian National University.
Josh Chin has just left Beijing after 2½ years spent as a freelance journalist and travel writer, and as copyeditor for the government-run China Daily, having earlier studied Mandarin at Peking University. He contributed the Beijing and Northeast chapters to Frommer’s China, 1st Edition. Time ot herwise ill-spent in bars, clubs, music venu e s, a nd c inemas , has led to a particularly well-researched After Dark chapter for Frommer’s Beijing, 3rd Edition, as well as appendix entries on film and music, and substantial contributions to the dining and accommodations chapters. He can be contacted through www.chinfamous.com.
Peter Neville-Hadley, development editor of Frommer's China, 1st Edition, also supervised this book, wrote the practical chapters, half the appendix entries, the language section, and contributed to most of the other chapters. A former resident of Beijing, he’s the author of Cadogan Guides’ China: The Silk Routes and Beijing, and has written on China for Time, The Sunday Times (U.K.), the National Post (Canada), and many others. He's now working on an account of travel around China’s treaty ports for publication in 2005. He moderates The Oriental-List, an Internet discussion list dealing with travel in China. (see www.neville-hadley.com)