Travel Tips Books about China(1)

03/06/2011
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These are great books of travel stories written by “Laowai” who had much experience with China and Chinese people.

1. Fried Eggs with Chopsticks

Fried Eggs with Chopsticks

Fried Eggs with Chopsticks

A more recent travelogue than Riding the Iron Rooster, Evans travels by rail and bus to interesting parts of China. A sole woman traveler, it’s a good read if you’re thinking about backpacking or traveling on your own.
Author: Polly Evans

2. Mr. China

Mr. China

Mr. China

The quintessential book on doing business in China. Anyone who is even thinking remotely about it should read Mr. China for the full scoop on how it is to do business with locals. It’s a hilarious read, but should make you pause before you dive head-first into a business venture…while there are a billion customers there are at least as many headaches, or worse.
Author: Tim Clissold

3. Oracle Bones

Oracle Bones

Oracle Bones

Fascinating interwoven tales of everyday people that the author meets and knows in China with stories of China’s archeological history. One of the most readable accounts of China today I’ve come across.
Author: Peter Hessler

       
4. Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China

Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China

Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China

Join Mr. Theroux on his train journey throughout China in the late 1980s. This is a great introduction to travel in the different areas of China, although things have certainly gotten a lot easier since Mr. Theroux’s journey.
Author: Paul Theroux

5. The Chinese

The Chinese

The Chinese

A breakdown of the Chinese population by social, ethnic and economic lines, this book delves into the lives of everyday Chinese people.
Author: Jasper Becker