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Old 11-21-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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I will be studying abroad for a month this coming May. All of our activities and such have already been laid out according to the itinerary for the class, but we are still required to get a travel guide. We will be traveling through these areas: Beijing, Tianjin, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. Since hotels, site-seeing destinations, and such have already been determined, that is less important. I guess what would be of more importance would be things such as culture, etiquette, customs, language, etc. Further, the more current the guide the better since China is a rapidly changing nation. Thank you for the suggestions!
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:34 AM
 
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Some people like to use Lonely Planet travel guides. I had a colleague who liked the Lonely Planet travel guide for China.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:42 AM
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Can't advise you on travel-guide type books but strongly advise you read "Alive in the Bitter Sea" by Fox Butterworth. A few years old but in term of describing the Chinese nation and condition it is highly recommended by my Chinese-born friends. There are passages of that book I read years ago that still come to mind today. Have a wonderful experience!
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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Can't advise you on travel-guide type books but strongly advise you read "Alive in the Bitter Sea" by Fox Butterworth. A few years old but in term of describing the Chinese nation and condition it is highly recommended by my Chinese-born friends. There are passages of that book I read years ago that still come to mind today. Have a wonderful experience!

Thank you for the additional recommendation. I have been searching for a book to read about China (in addition to the study guide), in order to get a "feel for" the country. I will check this one out.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:30 AM
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Warning: parts of it will make you cry. Have a great adventure!
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:27 PM
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Default FIELD not WORTH

Gave you the author's name wrong- it's Fox ButterFIELD, not Worth. Not the syrup lady. Sorry!
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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I just borrowed a Lonely Planet guidebook from the library when we went to China for 3 weeks. LP is good, just all the good info, if you don't mind the lack of pretty pictures.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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I will be studying abroad for a month this coming May.
Congratulations on your upcoming adventure. I have spent my summers in China since 1999. Keep an open mind and you will have a much better time. It is a good thing that you are visiting both Beijing and Shanghai because those two cities are so different from each other.
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