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Travel guides etc…


 China (Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series)
by Damian Harper, Steve Fallon, Carolyn Heller, Thomas Huhti, Bradley Mayhew

ISBN: 1740596870
ISBN-13: 9781740596879
Format: Paperback, 980pp
Pub. Date: July 2005
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Edition Number: 9
Series: Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series

This is one of the best travel guide books (if not the best). Check out also Rough Guide to China, Let’s Go China and Frommer’s China before you decide which ONE you will buy.


 The Rough Guide to China
by David Leffman, Simon Lewis, Jeremy Atiyah, Simon Lewis, Jeremy Atiyah

ISBN: 1843534797
ISBN-13: 9781843534792
Format: Paperback, 1272pp
Pub. Date: November 2005
Publisher: Rough Guides, Limited
Edition Number: 4
Series: Rough Guide Series

This is one of the best travel guide books (if not the best). Check out also China (Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series), Let’s Go China and Frommer’s China before you decide which ONE you will buy.


 China Let's Go Travel Guide
by Shelley Jiang

ISBN: 0312320051
ISBN-13: 9780312320058
Format: Paperback, 896pp
Pub. Date: December 2004
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Let's Go Travel Guide Series

This is one of the best travel guide books. Check out also China (Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series), Frommer’s China and The Rough Guide to China before you decide which ONE you will buy.


 Frommer's China
by Christopher D. Winnan, Beth Reiber, Paul Mooney, Graeme Smith, Sharon Owyang

ISBN: 0764597434
ISBN-13: 9780764597435
Format: Paperback, 864pp
Pub. Date: April 2006
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Edition Description: Revised Edition
Edition Number: 2
Series: Frommer's Travel Guides Series, #160

This is one of the best travel guide books. Check out also China (Lonely Planet Travel Guides Series), Let’s Go China and The Rough Guide to China before you decide which ONE you will buy.


 Frommer's China: The 50 Most Memorable Trips , 3rd Edition
by J. D. Brown

ISBN: 0764524682
ISBN-13: 9780764524684
Format: Paperback, 702pp
Pub. Date: July 2003
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Edition Description: REV
Edition Number: 3
Series: Frommer's Travel Guides Series

If you don’t know where exactly in China you would like to spend your vacation this book will help you to make your decision.


 Eyewitness Travel Guide: China
by Staff of DK Publishing Inc

ISBN: 0756609194
ISBN-13: 9780756609191
Format: Paperback, 672pp
Pub. Date: August 2005
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Series: Eyewitness Travel Guides Series

Very nice book, good quality paper but of limited use to budget travelers. I would borrow it rather than buy it.


 The National Geographic Traveler: China
by Damian Harper

ISBN: 0792279212
ISBN-13: 9780792279211
Format: Paperback, 400pp
Pub. Date: May 2004
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Series: National Geographic Traveler Series

Very nice book (280 beautiful photographs and 31 maps), good quality paper but of limited use to budget travelers. I would borrow it rather than buy it.


 Insight Guide China
by Scott Rutherford

ISBN: 1585732893
ISBN-13: 9781585732890
Format: Textbook Paperback, 418pp
Pub. Date: April 2002
Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishers, Inc.
Edition Description: REVISED
Edition Number: 1
Series: Insight Guides Series

Very nice book (320 beautiful photographs and 21 maps), good quality paper but of limited use to budget travelers. I would borrow it rather than buy it.


 Guerrilla Travel Tactics : Hundreds of Simple Strategies Guaranteed to Save Road Warriors Time and Money
by Jay Conrad Levinson, Theo Brandt-Sarif

ISBN: 0814471706
ISBN-13: 9780814471708
Format: Paperback, 272pp
Pub. Date: April 2004
Publisher: AMACOM/American Management Association
Edition Number: 1

From the Publisher
Guerrilla Travel Tactics is the most comprehensive book ever written on finding travel bargains. It will help any business traveler survive the rigors of the road, optimize logistics, and get the most for every dollar spent on travel. The individual business traveler will save thousands of dollars per year, and companies whose executives and employees fly frequently could save hundreds of thousands - or more. The bottom line is that travelers and organizations will be spending a fraction of what they normally would, but getting much more for their money.


 100 Wonders of China
by Rebo International (Manufactured by)

ISBN: 9036617995
ISBN-13: 9789036617994
Format: Hardcover, 208pp
Pub. Date: February 2006
Publisher: Rebo Productions


 China: A Travel Adventure
by Lorien Holland, Lorien Holland, Steve Vidler (Photographer)

ISBN: 079460319X ISBN-13: 9780794603199 Format: Hardcover, 112pp Pub. Date: June 2006 Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

From the Publisher
China: The Middle Kingdom showcases the rich history, diverse cultures and stunning sights of China. Evocative texts and stunning photos bring the China experience to life, giving readers a taste of what they can expect to see and experience in the Middle kingdom.


 Global Nomad : Backpacker Travel in Theory and Practice
by Greg Richards, Julie Wilson

ISBN: 1873150784 ISBN-13: 9781873150788 Format: Hardcover, 300pp Pub. Date: January 2004 Publisher: Channel View Publications Series: Tourism and Cultural Change Ser.

A scholarly look at that non-luxury traveler, the backpacker. Academic interest in the motivations and experiences of backpackers has grown as backpacker travel becomes more popular-a result of the increasing ease of international travel, the growing network of budget hostels and travel companies, and greater flexibility in life path and work patterns. Fifteen chapters by researchers in the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand examine backpacking as a postmodern phenomenon, taking on topics including backpacker employment, backpacking's literary precursors, anthropological perspectives, backpacker product selections, and transport choices.


 The Great Wall of China : The Bradt Travel Guide
by Thammy Evans

ISBN: 1841621587
ISBN-13: 9781841621586
Format: Paperback, 296pp
Pub. Date: August 2006
Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
Edition Number: 1
Series: Bradt Travel Guide Series

From the Publisher
This is the first guide for travelers completely dedicated to exploring the greatest landmark in the world, going beyond the popular tourist hotspots. Each chapter covers an individual province, incorporating the history, stories, and legends related to the wall in that area. There is also coverage of main cities which act as a base for those exploring the wall. A range of cultural information, including Chinese food, customs, history, politics, and economy, provides the essential background to gain insight into the Chinese way of life.


 Frommer's Shanghai
by Sharon Owyang

ISBN: 0470049030
ISBN-13: 9780470049037
Format: Paperback, 320pp
Pub. Date: December 11, 2006
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Edition Description: Revised Edition
Edition Number: 4
Series: Frommer's Complete Series, #318


 Frommer's Beijing
by Graeme Smith

ISBN: 0471769908
ISBN-13: 9780471769903
Format: Paperback, 256pp
Pub. Date: March 2006
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Edition Description: Revised Edition
Edition Number: 4
Series: Frommer's Complete Series, #234

If you plan on visiting Beijing only then this could be the book for you but if you wish to visit other places too then the main Frommer’s China guide book is a better choice.


 Lonely Planet Beijing (Lonely Planet City Guide Series)
by Damian Harper, Damian Harper (With)

ISBN: 1740597826
ISBN-13: 9781740597821
Format: Paperback, 242pp
Pub. Date: January 2005
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Edition Number: 6
Sales Rank: 38,398
Series: Lonely Planet City Guide Series

If you plan on visiting Beijing only then this could be the book for you but if you wish to visit other places too then the main LP guide book is a better choice.


 Lonely Planet Shanghai
by Damian Harper, Bradley Mayhew, Christopher Pitts

ISBN: 1740599098
ISBN-13: 9781740599092
Format: Paperback, 290pp
Pub. Date: May 2006
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Edition Number: 3

If you plan on visiting Shanghai only then this could be the book for you but if you wish to visit other places too then the main LP guide book is a better choice.


 Fodor's Beijing and Shanghai
by Fodor's (Manufactured by)

ISBN: 1400013399
ISBN-13: 9781400013395
Format: Paperback, 304pp
Pub. Date: January 2005
Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Incorporated
Edition Number: 1
Series: Fodor's Gold Guides Series


 Beijing & Shanghai: China's Hottest Cities (Odyssey Illustrated Guide)
by Peter Hibbard, Paul Mooney, Steven Schwankert, Janet Carmosky, Anthony Cassidy (Photographer)

ISBN: 9622177646
ISBN-13: 9789622177642
Format: Paperback, 600pp
Pub. Date: March 2006
Publisher: Odyssey Publications
Edition Number: 2

This vibrant second edition of Beijing & Shanghai brings readers up-to-date on what's hot and what's cool in China's twin cities. China's drive into the 21st century has been fueled by the relationship-and competition-between Beijing, considered by some observers to be the capital of capitals in China, and Shanghai, the nation's economic growth engine.


 Eyewitness Travel Guide: Beijing and Shanghai
by DK Publishing

ISBN: 0756625009
ISBN-13: 9780756625009
Format: Other Format, 240pp
Pub. Date: January 15, 2007
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Series: Eyewitness Travel Guides Series


 Berlitz's China Pocket Guide
by Berlitz Publishing

ISBN: 2831570492
ISBN-13: 9782831570495
Format: Paperback, 256pp
Pub. Date: October 1999
Publisher: Berlitz Publishing
Edition Description: Second edition
Series: Pocket Guides Series

From the Publisher
This new edition to Berlitz's China Pocket Guide includes: updated information on hotels, restaurants, with new maps, language tips and phrases.


 Treasures of China
by Readers Digest (Editor), Editors of Reader's Digest (Editor)

ISBN: 0762105658
ISBN-13: 9780762105656
Format: Hardcover, 336pp
Pub. Date: January 2005
Publisher: Reader's Digest

From the Publisher
TREASURES OF CHINA is a stunning photographic journey through more than 360 of China's natural and cultural treasures. Originally published in May 1989, it has been totally revised and updated to reflect the China of today. Rather than focusing on the best-known landmarks, the editors of Reader's Digest have hand-picked special places that are notable for their particular significance in Chinese history. Anecdotal text and captions illuminate over 400 glorious color photographs and 11 newly commissioned satellite maps that explain not just the history of each location but also ancient folklore and legend as well.


by Fodor's

ISBN: 1400013267
ISBN-13: 9781400013265
Format: Paperback, 768pp
Pub. Date: April 2005
Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Incorporated
Edition Number: 4
Series: Fodor's Gold Guides Series

This book is definitely NOT written for budget travelers.


 The Yangzi River : The Yangtze and the Three Gorges
by Judy Bonavia, Richard Hayman

ISBN: 9622177336
ISBN-13: 9789622177338
Format: Paperback, 568pp
Pub. Date: September 2004
Publisher: Odyssey Publications, Ltd.
Edition Number: 7

From the Publisher
From the wild windswept snowfields of its source in Tibet, to the rich farmlands of its delta on the East China Sea, the mighty Yangzi has always had symbolic and practical significance for the Chinese people. They refer to it simply as Changjiang, or Long River. Stretching for nearly 4,000 miles, the Yangzi is China's main artery, supporting a third of its people; it also serves as the country's primary commercial waterway.


 Guizhou Province : Costume and Culture in Remote China (Odyssey Passport Series)
by Gina Corrigan

ISBN: 9622176747 ISBN-13: 9789622176744 Format: Paperback, 256pp Pub. Date: November 2002 Publisher: Odyssey Publications, Ltd. Edition Description: 2ND Edition Number: 2 Series: Odyssey Passport Ser.

From the Publisher For centuries, Guizhou, with its stunning karst limestone scenery, had been isolated from the rest of China and the world by its mountainous terrain. Its beckoning treasures include the biggest waterfall in Asia, the largest limestone cave in China and a number of spectacular conservation areas important for their primeval forest and rare plant and animal species. Celebrated for its hospitality and friendly people, the province is a lively, visual mix of 13 different ethnic groups, many of whom continue an ancient way of life and time-honored traditions.

Life and customs


 My Country and My People (Hardcover)
by Yutang Lin

ISBN: 9971642050
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: January 1, 1938
Publisher: Halcyon House

This book is now out of print but shouldn't be! Beautifully written, and fully indexed; the best editions were printed in the mid 1930's. (The 1937 edition of this book can be downloaded from our Download section).

This book made headlines in America when it came out in the 1930's. For perhaps the first time a Chinese wrote a book in English about China and the Chinese, and the sympathetic reaction of many Americans to China's plight in the struggle against Japan made this book a bestseller. Pearl Buck, the first American woman to win the Nobel Literature Prize, was the one who persuaded Lin to write this book. Her faith in him is fully justified. Few indeed were native sons of China who were immersed in both Chinese and Western cultures. And Lin was one.


 The Importance Of Living
by Yu-T'ang Lin, Lin Yutang

ISBN: 0688163521
ISBN-13: 9780688163525
Format: Paperback, 480pp
Pub. Date: October 1998
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Edition Description: 1ST QUILL

Lin Yutang was born in 1895 to a mission family and became one of the best-known Chinese scholars and writers. Published in 1937, this was one of the original "don't worry, be happy" books. The Chinese philosopher here expounds on the mindset people need to develop in order to have a more successful and peaceful life. This book and “My Country and My People” will give you insight into Chinese way of thinking more than any other book that I have come across.


 Teach Yourself Chinese Language, Life, and Culture
by Kenneth Wilkinson

ISBN: 0071407138
ISBN-13: 9780071407137
Format: Paperback, 256pp
Pub. Date: July 2002
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Edition Number: 1

From the Publisher
Teach Yourself Language, Life, and Culture titles delve into the customs and ways of their featured countries, taking a respectful yet lively point of view. Topics include government, arts, language, work, leisure, education, festivals, and food. Each title explains the role of language in shaping culture and provides practical information for travelers. Find out about traditional Chinese medicine, English fish and chips, the Welsh red dragon, and even Christmas in Japan.


 China Business and Travel Guide : 2002/2003
by China Knowledge Press Staff, Knowledge Press China (Manufactured by), Charles Chaw (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9810459629
ISBN-13: 9789810459628
Format: Paperback, 608pp
Pub. Date: May 2002
Publisher: China Knowledge Press
Edition Description: 2002/2003

From the Publisher
Let this ground-breaking guide immerse you into this fascinating and vast land of business opportunities. Be it your first or 100th trip, this guide provides everything you will ever need in a business and travel guidebook. This guide comes in five parts. The first part gives a general account of the country, its history, culture, landscape, economy and useful up-to-date key statistics. Part Two provides hot topics on China's entry into WTO, Beijing's 2008 Olympics, Western Region Development and an overview of the Stock Market. Part Three provides broad but in-depth description and analysis on the municipalities, provinces, autonomous regions and special administrative regions -- that is, the whole of China. In particular, we focus on the Trade and Investment aspects and highlight the incentive schemes offered by hundreds of Industrial & High-Tech Parks and Free Trade Zones. Last Part: Business Directories -- Accommodations, Exhibitions & Trade Events, Foreign Business Councils, Banks, Insurance Companies, Airlines, Legal, Audit, Executive Search, Government Departments and many other useful contacts.


 Moon Living Abroad in China
by Stuart Strother, Barbara Strother

ISBN: 1566919940
ISBN-13: 9781566919944
Format: Paperback, 430pp
Pub. Date: August 2006
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing

From the Publisher
Features up-to-date coverage of China's explosive economic boom and what that means for executives and families alike. Includes details on the main housing districts in more than 20 cities, with tips on choosing which area is the best for you. Details on financial decisions from how to open a bank account to the best way to invest in Chinese stock. Highlights key cultural information such as history, regional cuisines, ethnic minorities, sports, traditional Chinese medicine, and more.


 Live & Work in China
by Jocelyn Kan, Hakwan Lau

ISBN: 1854583085
ISBN-13: 9781854583086
Format: Paperback, 320pp
Pub. Date: October 2004
Publisher: Vacation Work Publications
Series: Live and Work - Vacation Work Publications

Live & Work in China is one of the very few guide books for everyone wishing to join the expats in these territories and work in this rapidly-changing part of the world. It provides essential background on Chinese history, manners and culture, and gives essential information on the way of life there along with invaluable information on finding accommodations, getting around, and more. The book also gives job seekers all the information needed to find a job, including a directory of major employers and a regional employment guide that explains where the opportunities are best.


 Encountering the Chinese : A Guide for Americans
by Hu Wenzhong, Cornelius Lee Grove, Wen-Chung Hu, Cornelius L. Grove, Cornelius Grove

ISBN: 1877864587
ISBN-13: 9781877864582
Format: Textbook Paperback, 208pp
Publisher: Intercultural Press
Edition Number: 2
Series: INTERACT Series
Pub. Date: January 1999

A text intended to help Westerners establish more productive and rewarding relationships with the Chinese through better understanding of Chinese values, cultural norms, and mindsets that often lead to failed business negotiations, faux pas, and misunderstandings.


 The Chinese Have a Word for It : The Complete Guide to Chinese Thought and Culture
by Boye Lafayette De Mente, Boyelafayette De Mente

ISBN: 0658010786
ISBN-13: 9780658010781
Format: Paperback, 506pp
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Edition Description: First Edition
Edition Number: 1
Pub. Date: September 2000

This is an ideal introduction to the Chinese language and culture for business people, students, and travelers. It sheds light on the character and personality of the Chinese by examining the meaning, historical significance, and use of more than 300 Chinese expressions. This practical guide will help readers anticipate Chinese behavior and avoid cultural faux pas.


 Chinese Etiquette and Ethics in Business
by Boye De Monte

ISBN: 0844285250
ISBN-13: 9780844285252
Format: Paperback, 304pp
Publisher: NTC Publishing Group
Pub. Date: May 1989
Series: Etiquette & Ethics Ser.

Chinese Etiquette & Ethics in Business (Paperback, 1994)
by Boye Lafayette De Mente
Second Edition

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0844285242
Mar 1994
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Edition: 2
Language: English

De Mente (who has lived and worked in the Far East for over thirty years), who has previously written similar guides to Japan and Korea, identifies cultural and political elements that affect the process of business and offers guidelines to foreign businesspeople dealing with the Chinese.


 Travelers' Tales China: True Stories
by James O'Reilly (Editor), Sean O'Reilly (Editor), Larry Habegger (Editor)

ISBN: 1932361073
ISBN-13: 9781932361070
Format: Paperback, 358pp
Pub. Date: May 2004
Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
Series: Travelers' Tales Series

From the Publisher
Chock full of candid, impassioned true-life tales of the Middle Kingdom's majesty and diversity, Travelers' Tales China provides an unforgettable read - and a perfect travel companion. These stories' protagonists uncover the country's 6,000 years of history and explore contemporary China as they journey along the renowned Silk Road; encounter hidden sections of the Great Wall; and revel at the Dragon Boat Festival.


 Chinese Profiles
by Zhang Xinxin (Editor), Sang Ye

ISBN: 0835116034
ISBN-13: 9780835116039
Format: Textbook Paperback, 376pp
Pub. Date: January 1986
Publisher: China Books & Periodicals, Incorporated
Edition Number: 1

Publishers Weekly
These 100 interviews of ordinary Chinese citizens provide unusual glimpses into everyday life in the People's Republic. "The Cyclist" rides across town to work in all kinds of weather because the buses are overcrowded. Liu, a salesman in a Xinhua bookstore, discusses salaries, duties and personal matters. (When asked about women, he says, "I want a girl of good character with a clean political record and good-natured.") One of the most interesting interviews is of Li Xiaohang, who tells what it's like playing volleyball for the state and painting in her spare time for her own pleasure. All in all, these accounts are rich in detail. Unfortunately, the questions asked of the subjects are never given, so many interviews have the distracting feel of one-sided conversations. Nonetheless this is a must for those interested in contemporary Chinese life.


 China Candid : The People on the People's Republic
by Sang Ye, Geremie Randall Barme (Editor), Miriam Lang (Editor)

ISBN: 0520245148
ISBN-13: 9780520245143
Format: Paperback, 363pp
Pub. Date: January 2006
Publisher: University of California Press

From the Publisher
Leading Chinese journalist Sang Ye follows his successful book Chinese Lives with this collection of absorbing interviews with twenty-six men, women, and children taking the reader into the complex realities of the People's Republic of China today. Through intimate conversations conducted over many years, China Candid provides an alternative history of the nation from its founding as a socialist state in 1949 up to the present

This book (and the previous book “Chinese Lives”) may give you better understanding of Chinese people and their culture than any other more “scientific” attempts. These are two beautiful books.


 Chinese Lives
by Zhang Xinxin, Sang Ye, Delia Davin (Editor), William J. Jenner (Editor)

ISBN: 0679720561
ISBN-13: 9780679720560
Format: Paperback, 352pp
Pub. Date: September 1988
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Library Journal
This book consists of 70-odd short interviews with Chinese people in every walk of life. The pieces, which created a sensation when serialized in China in 1985, present their life stories and attitudes much more realistically than most Chinese reportage or fiction. Part of the original's charm lay in its ear for jargon and idioms from different regions of China, an element lost in this British-supervised translation


 Westerners through Chinese eyes
by Chien-kuang Wang

ISBN: 0835125629
Format: Paperback, 229 pages
Publisher: Foreign Languages Press, Beijing
Pub. Date: 1990
Distributed by China International Book Trading Corp.

An interesting book, although some of the chapters sound as if they were written by high-school students.


 Getting Along With the Chinese : For Fun and Profit
by Fred Schneiter, Larry Feign (Illustrator)

ISBN: 9627160199
ISBN-13: 9789627160199
Format: Paperback, 206pp
Pub. Date: December 2003
Publisher: Asia 2000

Fred Schneiter has composed an excellent book outlining important aspects of the very difficult subject of doing business in China. He has a delightful sense of humor and the book is filled with hilarious stories of trial and error. After spending twenty years in China, Fred Schneiter is truly one of the great 'China Hands' of the 20th century. This book is a must read book for any one in the pursuit of understanding Chinese culture.


 Death Ritual in Late Imperial and Modern China
by Evelyn Sakakida Rawski (Editor), Evelyn S. Rawski (Editor)

ISBN: 0520071298
ISBN-13: 9780520071292
Format: Paperback, 360pp
Pub. Date: November 1990
Publisher: University of California Press
Edition Description: REPRINT
Series: Studies on China Ser.

From the Publisher
During the late imperial era (1500-1911), China, though divided by ethnic, linguistic, and regional differences at least as great as those prevailing in Europe, enjoyed a remarkable solidarity. What held Chinese society together for so many centuries? Some scholars have pointed to the institutional control over the written word as instrumental in promoting cultural homogenization; others, the manipulation of the performing arts. This volume, comprised of essays by both anthropologists and historians, furthers this important discussion by examining the role of death rituals in the unification of Chinese culture.


 Sexual Life in Ancient China : A Preliminary Survey of Chinese Sex and Society from ca. 1500 B. C. till 1644 A. D.
by Robert Hans van Gulik, Robert H. van Gulik, Paul Rakita Goldin

ISBN: 9004126015
ISBN-13: 9789004126015
Format: Hardcover, 380pp
Pub. Date: November 2002
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Incorporated

As befits a society of culture and sophistication, the ancient Chinese gave a lot of thought to the matter of sex. But contrary to the images of depravity that characterize many Westerners' ideas of Chinese sexual habits, people in ancient China viewed sex as healthy and normal and approached all aspects of it with an unreserved, joyful acceptance. Van Gulik bases his study on ancient Chinese texts and schools of thought. Introductory chapters cover 1500 B.C.-22 B.C., ranging over religion, customs, and culture, and discussing ideas contained in the I-Ching, as well as from Taoism and Confucianism.


 In the Know in China : The Indispensable Guide to Working and Living in China
by Jennifer Phillips, Christopher Warnasch (Editor)

ISBN: 140002045X
ISBN-13: 9781400020454
Format: Paperback, 240pp
Pub. Date: April 2003
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Edition Description: BOOK & CD
Edition Number: 2
Series: In the Know Ser.

From the Publisher
Success abroad-in doing business, socializing, or even just getting to appointments-depends on much more than memorizing a few survival expressions in the language. Just ask anyone who's stowed a Chinese colleague's business card in his or her back pocket or brought an even number of flowers to a German friend's home. Success abroad means being in the know about cultural differences, and In the Know China cross-cultural guide makes it simple for business people and their families to adapt successfully to their new surroundings, whether it's for a long-term relocation or just for a short business trip. Includes a 288-page handbook and a 60-minute audio CD.


 The Mind of China
by Edwin D. Harvey

New Haven: Yale University Press.
Pub. Date: 1933.
Format: Hardcover Pp. x, 321


 Gifts, Favors, & Banquets : The Art of Social Relationships in China
by Mayfair Mei-hui Yang, David Laitin (Editor)

ISBN: 080149592X
ISBN-13: 9780801495922
Format: Textbook Paperback, 370pp
Pub. Date: August 1994
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Series: Wilder House Series

Excerpt - page 126: "... guanxixue. In the art of guanxi three things are exchanged: gifts, banquets, and favors. ..."
Everyone who has lived in China knows something about guanxi, the uses of personal connections to get things done, and they will know that it is a slightly shady subject about which there are no instruction manuals so one has to pick up knowledge about it in the way one once learned about sex. Now Mayfair Mei-hui Yang has combined her learning experiences as a student in Beijing and in numerous research trips to give us a wonderfully detailed account of the complex and fascinating workings of guanxi and of guanxixue, that is guanxi-ology or the art/science of guanxi.


 Living in China : A Guide to Teaching and Studying in China, Including Taiwan and Hong Kong
by Rebecca Weiner, Margaret Murphy, Albert Li

ISBN: 0835125823
ISBN-13: 9780835125826
Format: Hardcover, 284pp
Pub. Date: May 1997
Publisher: China Books & Periodicals, Incorporated
Edition Description: REVISED

This book contains information for students, teachers, or researchers planning a long-term stay in China or Taiwan. Candid assessments of qualities of schools are based on size, climate, salary, and benefits. Included is factual information foreigners may need for adjustment, cross-cultural awareness, personal needs, living conditions, etc. There is a comparison of educational systems, Chinese cultures, living standards, and conditions in mainland China and Taiwan. "Taiwanese" is used to refer to Chinese in Taiwan throughout the text, although all Chinese share the same language, fine arts, cuisine, and fundamental worldviews even if they differ in political views. Included are directories of Taiwan and mainland schools, teacher and student exchange organizations, publications on China-related topics, and associations and foundations.


 Culture Shock! China
by Kevin Sinclair, Iris Wong Po-Yee, Iris Wong Po-yee (With)

ISBN: 1558686150
ISBN-13: 9781558686151
Format: Paperback, 343pp
Pub. Date: June 2001
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Edition Description: REV
Series: Culture Shock! Series

Being advertised as a “crash courses in local customs and etiquette”, "Culture Shock!" offers some useful information you need as a traveler. However this book doesn’t have an edge, go to the library and borrow it, it may not be worth your money.


 Beyond the Chinese Face : Insights from Psychology
by Michael Harris Bond

ISBN: 0195851161
ISBN-13: 9780195851168
Format: Textbook Paperback, 125pp
Pub. Date: January 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition Number: 1

Are the Chinese people unique? How can we compare the Chinese with other groups? Are the Chinese more concerned with "face" than other people? How can we explain the relative academic success of immigrant Chinese students? What is the impact of learning an ideographic script on the Chinese people's way of thinking and perceiving? Are the Chinese more or less family centered than other national groups? Questions such as these have long fascinated people with an interest in China. This book may answer some of those questions.


 China A to Z : Everything You Need to Know to Understand Chinese Customs and Culture
by May-Lee Chai, Winberg Chai

ISBN-13: 9780452288874
Format: Paperback, 304pp
Pub. Date: September 2007
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Age Range: Young Adult
Edition Number: 1

A practical and accessible guide to an ancient but rapidly changing culture
Perfect for business and armchair travelers alike, China A to Z explains the customs, culture, and etiquette essential for any trip or for anyone wanting to understand this complex country. In one hundred brief, reader-friendly chapters, alphabetized by subject, China A to Z introduces a general audience to contemporary Chinese society, as well as its venerable history.
• Why Chinese names are written in reverse order
• What to bring when visiting a Chinese household
• What the current relationship is between Japan and China
• Why you should wrap gifts in red or pink paper, and never send white flowers
With the 2008 Summer Olympics being held in Beijing, thousands of Chinese adoptions occurring each year, and China becoming the fourth most popular international destination, the need for information about this complex country is greater than ever.


 Etiquette Guide to China
by Boye Lafayette De Mente

ISBN-13: 9780804839433
Format: Paperback, 192pp
Pub. Date: June 2008
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Edition Number: 1

Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, whether your stay will be long or short, your visit to China will be more pleasurable and effective if you understand your host culture and how to work within it. Etiquette Guide to China is a vital guide for visitors to the world's newest financial superpower.
Learn the essentials of interacting, such as how to address people you meet, if you should bow or shake hands, and how to behave out on the town, in the boardroom or when attending a wedding. Filled with practical advice on minding your manners in China, Etiquette Guide to China will be the most indispensable item you'll carry on your trip.


 Things Chinese
by Du Feibao, Du Bai

ISBN-10: 7503218568
ISBN-13: 978-75032185693
Format: Paperback, 269 pages
Pub. Date: (January 1, 2002)
Publisher: China Travel & Tourism Press,China
Edition Number: Revised edition

"Twenty years ago, a French friend told us that during his travel in China he was keen on traditional Chinese culture but found it difficult to understand. He suggested that we write a book on Chinese culture.
In 1994, the English edition of Things Chinese was published. It soon became a hit with our readers, and that was why the book was reprinted twice. However, occupied by work, we did not have time to come up with revised edition of the book."



 New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook
by Liu Xun, Beijing Language, Beijing Language

ISBN: 7561910401
ISBN-13: 9787561910405
Format: Textbook Paperback, 242pp
Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press, China
Edition Number: 2
Pub. Date: June 2003

This is probably the best Chinese language textbook around. This completely new edition (it encompasses six volumes in 70 lessons) takes the student from an absolute beginner to an intermediate level, approximately 3 years of higher-level classroom instruction.


 Teach Yourself Chinese Complete Course Audiopackage (Book and CD Pack)
by Liz Scurfield, Song Lianyi

ISBN: 0071430334
ISBN-13: 9780071430333
Format: Paperback, 272pp
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Edition Description: Book and 2 CD's
Edition Number: 2
Pub. Date: May 2004
Series: Teach Yourself Series

This book is a bit more involved than “Teach Yourself Beginner's Chinese”, overall a very nice textbook.


 Teach Yourself Beginner's Chinese
by Liz Scurfield, Song Lianyi

ISBN: 0071424121
ISBN-13: 9780071424127
Format: Paperback, 272pp, Audio CD
Publisher: The McGraw-Hill Companies
Pub. Date: December 2003
Edition Description: Audio CD
Edition Number: 3
Series: Teach Yourself Beginner's Language Course Series

Suitable for casual learning of Chinese language; for more focused approach look for the New Practical Chinese Reader.


 Chinese: An Essential Grammar
by Yip Po-Ching, Don Rimmington

ISBN: 0415135354
ISBN-13: 9780415135351
Format: Textbook Paperback, 230pp
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Pub. Date: January 1997
Edition Description: Older Edition
Series: Grammars Series

An Essential Grammar is a clear and concise reference guide to modern Mandarin grammar. It is suitable for either independent study or for students in schools.


 Berlitz Chinese (Mandarin) Cassette Pack with Phrase Book
by Berlitz Publishing, Berlitz Publishing Staff

ISBN: 2831562708
ISBN-13: 9782831562704
Format: Audio
Pub. Date: July 1998
Publisher: Berlitz Publishing
Edition Description: Unabridged
Series: Berlitz Cassette Pack Ser.

From Our Editors
These classic book/audio combination packs have been completely revised and redesigned to meet the needs of the business or pleasure traveler. Completely portable, each pack includes a best-selling Berlitz Phrase Book and audiocassette(s). Audio components are designed to interact with the Phrase Book, or can be used on their own, in a car or on the go.


 Outrageous Chinese : A Guide to Chinese Street Language
by James J. Wang, James J. Wang, Greg Jones (Editor), Wendy K. Lee (Illustrator)

ISBN: 0835125327
ISBN-13: 9780835125321
Format: Paperback, 124pp
Pub. Date: May 1994
Publisher: China Books & Periodicals, Incorporated
Edition Description: 1st ed

This book is a good start at covering Chinese slang, but it only scratches the surface. Granted, it covers some of the more outrageous samples, and broaches some "forbidden" topics that you'll never get your Chinese teacher to talk about. Chinese is at once one of the most formal languages in the world, and one of the coarsest. This book is a comprehensive discussion of all the terms, jokes, puns, and vocabulary in Chinese that you wouldn't want to say in front of your grandmother. Fair warning, don't use the cuss words unless you also know how to apologize for them / kill a man with your bare hands.

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