Recommended Reading List
Following books are recommended by CBW's chief editor who has personally reviewed dozens of books on the topics. The list is deliberately kept short, as she understands a busy person like you wants only the best, not the rest. However, if you know there is an excellent book that is overlooked here, do please drop a line and let her know. Admittedly this list is somewhat biased toward books available in the United States where she works. Books with highlighted titles are available through Amazon, CBW's recommended online bookstore.
- The Treasures and Pleasures Of China by Impact Guides:
For those die hard shoppers, don't leave home without it! Covers Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chongqing, the Yangtze River, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Covers upscale boutiques to a hole-in-the-wall type of shops.
- China For Women by The Feminist Press (1995)
You don't have to be a feminist to enjoy this book. It presents a woman-oriented discussion of Chinese travel, culture, history, politics and contemporary life.
- Culture Shock (1991) by Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co. Authored by By Kevin Sinclair and Iris Wong Po-Yee
Presents thorough and poignant coverage of the cultural differences. I particularly recommend it to the business travelers.
- Getting Along With The Chinese-For Fun or for Profit by Fred Schneiter --
The same can be said about the book itself--read it for fun or for profit. Hilarious, yet to the point.
- Travels Through Sacred China By Martin Palmer, Published By Thorsons (1996)
This guide covers famous buddhist temples, taoist monasteries.
- China, A Literary Companion
A most unique travel guide using literary figures to guide you through China both in time and space.
- China Bound (1994)
Most useful for people going to China to teach, study, or do research. The book is quite old (1994), but still provides insights to the do's and do not's in China. Another oldie but goodie.
- Alone on the Great Wall --
One lone ranger to save and protect the Great Wall. By William Lindsey, also a CBW contributor. His web site is at http://www.wildwall.com/
(The editor has not personally read them but would like to recommend them all the same based on other people's recommendation and the book reviews.)
- Dear Alice : Letters Home from American Teachers Learning to Live in China (1998)
Though written for people going to China to teach, it is a must read for anyone going to China whether as a student, tourist, or businessman.
- Adopting in China
Real life experiences of a couple whom has been through the adoption process in China. A very practical guide and touching account of emotional personal experiences.
- When You Were Born in China : A Memory Book for Children Adopted from China
Tells the story of a journey of couples adopted a daughter from China
- American Business in China (1998 to 1999) by Davisson K. Chang