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China (Cultureshock China: A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette)

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Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and etiquette. "Culture Shock!"
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company (first published March 1991)
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This book has many interesting chapters, the author is knowledgeable there a valuable information in his book. Especially when I read about the history of china, in this chapter the author started to talk about the emergence of the civilization and ended up with architectural achievements of China, there is a lot of pictures that related to the topics which can help the reader to have a better understanding and make them more involve in what they read, also this book would be a good reference fo ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is clearly written for the tidal wave of Western businessmen/women who are flocking to China's aggressive economy. For me, a traveler to China, the information was no less interesting, or less useful for providing context to the things I experienced on my trip. I'd recommend this book for anyone hoping to get a practical handle on the changing face of China. This isn't a political or social book - it just gives you hints about what Chinese people will expect when they interact with you ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china, travel
Culture Shock! China is an easy, straightforward read. It definitely has a lot of good information in it about China. However there are some major flaws. China has undergone some major changes in the 22 years since this book was published, so a good deal of the information seems outdated. As with anything this short trying to be somewhat definitive, there are a lot of broad sweeping generalizations.

Nevertheless, it seems like a good intro to China and it has me feeling a little more prepared for
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
This series does a great job of helping the reader prepare for an upcoming trip to a foreign country. I had read about most things that I encountered in terms of customs, behavior, money, food, how foreigners are viewed, etc. before I arrived. This helped make some of these things less surprising as I had a little bit of insight into the hows and whys of them. Didn't always make sense, but that's what makes travel interesting.
I remember reading quite a bit of this one, and I think the info was helpful to me at the time, or at least gave me some context/helped me be a little bit more informed before going on a trip to China (which was actually my first trip out of the country--and without parents!)
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read this to prepare for my trip to China. So glad I read it. I knew nothing about the country or the culture and didn't want to anything to embarass myself or to give Americans a bad name.
Mar 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: travel buffs
The "Culture Shock" series of books go beyond the usual travel guide and delve more into the countries customs and etiquette. Sometimes baffling, sometimes humorous-always fascinating!
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Some interesting content. Seems a bit dated and too heavily focused on people going there to hammer out business deals.
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a very hands-on quide for living in China. One of the best I've read!
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