In light of the Beijing Olympics, I decided to pull this book off my TBR pile, and I'm glad I did. Not as hilarious or acerbic as Bill Bryson, Evans nonetheless brings the tastes and aromas of China to life (both good and bad,) while traveling around China by train, bus, and boat. I would have liked a little more detail about the sights she saw, but overall this is an excellent and often funny travel book, with just enough historical information to leave you wanting to read more about this still-enigmatic and mysterious country.
I just loved this book and couldn't put it down. Having travelled in China (though not in the way the author did), I could identify with her sentiments. "A fresh take on travel writing, honest and a lot of fun". Look out Bill Bryson! I thoroughly recommend this book to any travellers considering a trip to Asia.
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A pretty typical account of a westerner travelling in modern-day China. The air is bad, the Chinese expectorate...a lot. Evans doesn't really contribute anything new to the great raft of China travelogues written in the last ten years.
A great read! She takes off with an open mind and gets more than she expected. Sometimes sounds a little whiny and tired like you get after not getting enough sleep, but shows a realistic picture of the joys and adventures of a different culture.