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Item EXCHN669. Buy these 4 items as a set for $63 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Beijing Welcomes You

CHN712
Tom Scocca
Riverhead Books
2012
432
1594485801
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Visitors to China today are drawn not just to its ancient temples and dramatic mountainscapes, but also to the spectacle of its immense cities, the engines of its famous economic rise. Tom Scocca’s memoir of urban transformation in Beijing covers the social and economic background of the boom -- a personal reflection on a city where everything -- even the weather -- can be redesigned.
$16.00

Understanding China

CHN196
John Bryan Starr
Hill and Wang
2010
400
0809016516
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A succinct and refreshingly forthright best-selling guide, this third edition discusses the issues at stake in China's present and future.
$17.95

Lonely Planet Beijing

CHN47
Damian Harper
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
304
1743213905
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This practical guide to Beijing features maps, an overview of culture, history and nature, and a good deal of nuts-and-bolts information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. There's even a section on the locally spoken dialect of Mandarin.
$22.99

Beijing Map

CHN199
Berndtson & Berndtson
Borch Maps
2012
2
3866091486
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This laminated, folded map of Beijing, with a blowup of the city center at a scale of 1:24,000, notes 2008 Olympic venues. With detailed inset maps of the Beijing Metro, top sights, key attractions, an index and Chinese characters for key place names.
$9.95

Beijing Guidemap

CHN530
MapEasy
MapLink
2006
2
1929038038
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This handy colorful double-sided map shows Central Beijing along with The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, Greater and out-of-town Beijing.
$6.95

Groovy Beijing Map

CHN787
Groovy Map Co.
Groovy Maps
2012
1
9745251364
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An easy-to-use, laminated map/guide to Beijing. Includes five maps: Greater Beijing, Downtown Beijing, Metro Map, Santilun Lu and Ghost St. The reverse has a complete street index with Chinese characters. Folded size: 4 x 8.5 inches.
$8.95

Insight Flexi Map Beijing

CHN840
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2016
1
1780057407
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
An accordion-folded map of Beijing, laminated for protection from weather and wear. It features a clear map of the downtown area, plus an index, recommended sights and some traveler's information. Scaled at: 1:24,000.
$9.99

DK Eyewitness Top Ten Beijing

CHN427
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2013
128
0756696755
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Beijing.
$14.00

National Geographic Beijing & Shanghai

CHN486
Paul Mooney
National Geographic
2013
272
142621023X
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
This guide to Beijing and Shanghai, published in National Geographic's attractive visual style, features hundreds of photographs, full color maps, and good information on history, art, culture and travel.
$25.95

Odyssey Guide Beijing Walks, Exploring the Heritage

CHN369
Don J. Cohn
Odyssey Publications
2007
304
962217762x
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An illustrated, literate guide to scenic and historical walks throughout Beijing, much enhanced by color photography and maps. Compact, but includes background on culture and natural history.
$24.95

Visiting Historic Beijing, A Guide to Sites & Resources

CHN521
Robert L. Thorp
Antique Collectors Club
2008
335
1891640534
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Thorp weaves essays on culture and history with site plans and description in this excellent, in-depth guide to exploring the temples, tombs, gardens, palaces, ancient archaeological sites and noteworthy architecture of Beijing and environs.
$24.95

Wallpaper City Guide Beijing

CHN777
Wallpaper Magazine
Phaidon Press
2015
128
0714868442
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
$11.95

An Armchair Traveller's History of Beijing

CHN827
Jonathan Clements
University of Chicago Press
2016
320
1909961272
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Covering 2,500 years of building and destruction, this detailed history is an essential introduction to the heritage of the Chinese capital, with biographies and expert recommendations.
$22.95

Beijing, Contemporary and Imperial

CHN755
Lois Conner
Princeton Architectural Press
2014
156
161689248X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Taken over a 30-year period, internationally-celebrated photographer Lois Conner’s black-and-white panoramas explore Beijing’s dramatic transformation from an ancient dynastic city to a modern capital of concrete and steel.
$50.00

The Forbidden City, Center of Imperial China

CHN32
Gilles Beguin, Dominique Morel
Gardners Books
1997
144
0810928221
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. With a useful chronology and a carefully chosen selection of writings over the ages, it's an indispensable guide to the Forbidden City and the history of Imperial China.
$15.95

The Great Wall, China Against the World, 1000 BC - 2000 AD

CHN308
Julia Lovell
Grove Press
2007
412
0802118143
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The Who, Why and Wherefore of the Great Wall, this marvelous history demolishes myths (no, the wall is not a continuous structure of great antiquity, as much of it was built in the 1600s) with fresh insight and wit.
$15.00

The People's Republic of Amnesia, The Legacy of Tiananmen Square

CHN758
Louisa Lim
Oxford University Press
2015
264
0190227915
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
NPR China correspondent Lim evaluates the impact of the Tiananmen Square Massacre through the interwoven stories of eight individuals involved in and shaped by the events of June 4, 1989.
$16.95

The City of Heavenly Tranquility, Peking in the History of China

CHN407
Jasper Becker
Oxford University Press
2008
320
0195309979
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A British journalist, Jasper mourns the jumble of courtyard houses, tangle of alleyways, carefully tended ginkgo and pomegranate trees, gardens and canals swept away in the zeal to reinvent Beijing for the 21st century in this rich elegy.
$35.00

A Comrade Lost and Found, A Beijing Story

CHN547
Jan Wong
Houghton Mifflin Company
2010
336
0547247893
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Jan Wong (Red China Blues) returns to Beijing, with her husband and reluctant teenage sons in tow, on a mission to find a classmate she wronged decades ago at Beijing University.
$20.95

Beijing Time

CHN467
Michael Dutton
Harvard University Press
2010
288
0674047346
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Dutton's exuberant scholarly analysis of the people, neighborhoods, monuments and transformation of contemporary Beijing includes his charming black-and-white photographs.
$21.00

Dreaming in Chinese, Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

CHN648
Deborah Fallows
Bloomsbury USA
2011
208
080277914X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A linguist, living in Shanghai and Beijing with her journalist-husband James (Postcards from Tomorrow Square) the exuberant Deborah Fallows illuminates the Chinese worldview through language in playful, anecdotal essays, documenting her own missteps and growing understanding with self-deprecating humor.
$14.00

Foreign Babes in Beijing, Behind the Scenes of a New China

CHN478
Rachel DeWoskin
W. W. Norton & Company
2006
332
0393328597
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
DeWoskin entertainingly illuminates Chinese versus Western perceptions in this enlightening memoir of her experiences in Beijing (where she landed a role in a soap opera of the title).
$21.95

Old Madam Yin, A Memoir of Peking Life

CHN737
Ida Pruitt
Stanford University Press
1981
0804710996
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
The growing friendship between an upper-class Chinese woman and a bilingual American health worker told here, presents a rare insight into pre-revolutionary Chinese life and society. While, in many ways, this may seem a vanished world, many of the values and perspectives of Madam Yin still subtly but powerfully influence the Chinese today. Pruitt's other writings on China and Chinese women are highly recommended as well.
$18.95

Red China Blues, My Long March from Mao to Now

CHN37
Jan Wong
Doubleday
1997
368
0385482329
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Jan Wong tells of her experiences in the "hermetically sealed bubble of Maoism" as one of two westerners to attend Beijing University, then offers a first-hand account of recent reforms in China.
$15.95

Socialism Is Great!, A Worker's Memoir of the New China

CHN501
Lijia Zhang
Doubleday
2009
384
0307472191
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A student who joined the Tiananmen Square protest, Lijia Zhang traces her coming of age in Nanjing in the 1980s in this spirited memoir.
$15.00

Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China

CHN04
Jung Chang
Touchstone
2003
524
0743246985
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
1
0
0
In this riveting tale of three generations spanning the end of Old China, Mao's regime and the Japanese occupation, Chang chronicles the enormous changes in China since 1929.
$18.00

Beijing Coma

CHN502
Ma Jian
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2009
624
0312428367
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this remarkable novel former Tiananmen Square protester Dai Wei awakens after a decade, learning that his mother has sold one of his kidneys to finance his care and that the China he knew has undergone radical change.
$24.00

Death of a Red Heroine

CHN374
Qiu Xiaolong
Soho Press
2003
464
1569472424
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
In this marvelously evocative tale of Shanghai, tremendously informative about China's transition towards a market economy in the 1990s, Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police must find the murderer of a National Model Worker in this award-winning debut. The series continues with A Loyal Character Dancer (CHN412).
$15.95

Empress Orchid

CHN267
Anchee Min
Mariner Books
2005
346
0618562036
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this novel of the glorious, decadent last days of 19th-century Imperial China, Min (Red Azalea, Becoming Madame Mao) combines her tale of a young girl from the provinces who marries an emperor -- and then improbably becomes the Last Empress -- with a lovingly re-created portrait of life in the Forbidden City.
$14.00

Night in Shanghai

CHN763
Nicole Mones
Mariner Books
2014
288
0544334450
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This historical novel set in 1930s China focuses on an expat jazz musician and his love affair with a young spy. Their romance is tested by the approach of WWII and the pressures of a rich and powerful, pleasure-hungry city.
$14.95

The Beijing of Possibilities

CHN556
Tel, Jonathan
Broadway Books
2009
208
1590513266
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Combining elements of the surreal with carefully observed details of present-day Beijing, Tel's entertaining short stories offer a rich portrait of the city and the tensions between its history and present.
$14.95

The Boat to Redemption

CHN639
Su Tong, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
Overlook Press
2013
368
1468308246
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this deft picaresque novel by the author of Raise the Red Lantern, Tong follows the adventures of lovesick Secretary Ku, banished from the Party in after it has been officially proved he does not have a fish-shaped birthmark on his bottom and is therefore not the son of a revolutionary martyr. Winner of the 2009 Man Asia Prize.
$16.95

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of China, Southeast China, Including Shanghai

CHN796
Ding Li Yong
John Beaufoy Publishing
2015
176
1909612235
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy field guide to 280 bird species common to southeast China. In beautiful John Beaufoy style, the guide’s colorful and high-quality photographs are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, size distribution, preferred habitats and nomenclature.
$17.95

Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of China

CHN863
John MacKinnon
Bloomsbury USA
2017
144
1472932137
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Bloomsbury's field guide to China depicts 252 of the country's most common birds with clear color photographs and brief descriptions. The book easily slips in a pocket or daypack.
$16.00

For Kids

Red Scarf Girl, A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

CHN104
Ji-Li Jiang, David Henry Hwang (Introduction)
HarperCollins
1998
285
0064462080
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
An engrossing, harrowing memoir of Ji-Li Jiang's experiences as a teenager during Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution. For readers ages 12 and up.
$7.99

Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies

CHN146
Moss Roberts
Pantheon Books
1980
258
0394739949
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Moss Roberts combed 2,500 years of the Chinese folk tradition for this excellent, family-friendly anthology, decorated with woodcut illustrations throughout.
$16.95

Little Green, Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution

CHN239
Chun Yu
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2005
128
0689869436
HARD COVER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A poetic reflection on China's Cultural Revolution told from a child's perspective. It's a good introduction to China's recent history for young adults or mature middle readers.
$17.99

China, Land of Dragons and Emperors

CHN618
Adeline Yen Mah
2011
240
0385737491
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
This history of China for children ages 12-14 focuses on ancient beliefs that still influence everyday life in China and on products used around the world that originated in China.
$17.99

Beijing, Through Time

CHN643
Richard Platt
Macmillan
2008
48
0753461757
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
From farming village to Jin palace, the Mogol invasion, Kublai Khan, Boxer Rebellion and Ming conquest, fall of the Empire and rise of Communism this is the story of great dynasties, mighty conflicts... and the Forbidden City.
$16.95

In the Forbidden City

CHN776
Chiu Kwong-chiu
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2014
52
0989377601
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Written for ages nine and up, this book introduces readers to one of China's most famous and enigmatic landmarks. Accompanied by a mischievous cat, we tour the area’s grand buildings and sprawling gardens through detailed line drawings, entertaining characters and anecdotes. Includes a plastic magnifying glass.
$19.95

Ming's Adventure on China's Great Wall, A Story in English and Chinese

CHN782
Li Jian
Putnam
2014
42
1602209871
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A fun book that teaches kids about the Great Wall, the longest structure ever built by humans. When Ming and his father travel there (and take a wrong turn) suddenly Ming must save the emperor himself! Written for ages 5 to 8.
$16.95

Chinese Fashions Coloring Book

CHN790
Ming-Ju Sun
Dover Publications
2002
48
0486420531
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Forty-three illustrations inspired by ancient Chinese fashion from -- all ready for coloring! Includes the costumes of scholars, musicians, street vendors, courtiers and more. Each image is paired with a detailed caption.
$4.99

More Books

Fodor's Beijing

CHN253
Emmanuelle Morgen, Deborah Kaufman
Fodor's
2015
272
1101878045
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical, frequently revised guide to Beijing and Shanghai featuring hundreds of annotated listings of where to eat, stay and shop.
$19.99

Eyewitness Guide Beijing and Shanghai

CHN385
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
236
1465440046
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide features color photography, excellent maps and a neighborhood-by-neighborhood overview of each city.
$23.00

Zen Baggage, A Pilgrimage to China

CHN769
Bill Porter
Counterpoint
2008
359
1593761325
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A humorous and "enlightening" trip across China, in search of sites associated with the six patriarchs of Zen.
$26.00

Kinder Than Solitude

CHN772
Yiyun Li
Random House
2014
352
1400068142
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Three Chinese adults, now living in China and the US, reconnect after the death of their friend, a young woman who was mysteriously poisoned 20 years earlier.
$16.00

The Water Kingdom, A Secret History of China

CHN865
Philip Ball
University of Chicago Press
2017
320
022636920X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
In this original portrait, science writer Philip Ball uses China's water to reflect on the nation's history and culture. He dives into China's founding myths, the use of water by the Han emperors and Mao, Chinese philosophy and more before moving to some of the most massive water engineering projects in the world.
$30.00

Worth Looking For

The Forbidden City

CHN468
Geremie R. Barme, Mary Beard (Editor)
Harvard University Press
2012
288
0674063961
PAPER
History
0
0
0
1
A compact, elegant volume in Harvard's excellent Wonders of the World series, this pocket history illuminates the culture, mystique, architecture and politics of imperial Beijing. Fittingly, the book opens with Mao's symbolic address from the Gate of Heavenly Peace.
$17.00

The Last Days of Old Beijing, Tales from the New City

CHN493
Michael Meyer
Bloomsbury USA
2009
368
0802717500
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
Meyer's lovely memoir of the hutong (ancient lane) where he taught school captures the rhythms, traditions and spirit of Beijing's traditional neighborhoods south of Tiananmen.
$18.00

The Years That Were Fat, Peking, 1933-1940

CHN738
George N. Kates
Stanford University Press
1989
0195827090
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
1
For seven years, from 1933-1940, Kates--a native American--immersed himself in the inner world of Peking, consciously reconstructing the lifestyle of the vanished scholar class. Kates comes to know China as few other Westerners have. He offers in this book a celebration of a city: its buildings, its people and their way of life, its customs, its rhythms, and its moods, capturing those aspects of Peking that today exist merely as memories. Out of print, but worth looking for.
$0.00