Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation
Lost on Planet China The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation Author:J. Maarten Troost Maarten Troost has charmed and entertained thousands of readers with his tales of wandering among the remote islands of the South Pacific. When the travel bug hit again, he decided to go big–time, taking on the world’s most populous and intriguing nation. In Lost on Planet China, Troost escorts readers on a rollicking journey ... more »through the new beating heart of the modern world, from the megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai to the Gobi desert and the hinterlands of Tibet.
With his trademark edge and self-deprecating wit, Troost deciphers restaurant menus (offering delicacies such as garlic cattle penis); visits with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange); and hikes (with 80,000 other people) up Tai Shan, China’s most revered mountain. He learns to “fish for tigers” by dangling live chickens over Siberian tigers gathered in a pit below; studies Mandarin with a woman who may or may not be a “take-out girl;” and experiences the booming Chinese economy through its belching industrial towns—before North Korean border guards send him packing for home.
Lost on Planet China brings China to life as you've never seen it before, brilliantly confirming Troost’s status as the Bill Bryson of a new generation.« less
A fascinating combination of Chinese history and culture combined with Troost's personal experiences, both horrifying and hilarious, traveling through China. His initial quest is to find a place where he could move with his wife and two young boys, which made this work particularly interesting to me. (Incidentally, he decided that he couldn't justify moving them to such a polluted nation.)
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is that it didn't make me laugh out loud nearly as often as "The Sex Lives of Cannibals."
this book disapointed me, I travel to HK and China for work and i wanted to get a better understanding about the country- this book just left me depressed. the pollution and the people sounded awful, i'm not saying it is not that way, only that the book made me sad about the state of China and what they are doing to earth and environment. after 150 pages, i had to put it down.