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China, Yangtze River & Hong Kong

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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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

Hong Kong

HKG02
Jan Morris
Vintage Books
1997
384
0679776486
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
1
0
0
A wonderful portrait of Hong Kong by one of our favorite travel writers. Morris enumerates the many personal pleasures of the city, deftly interweaving reportage, history and culture.
$17.00

Before the Deluge, The Vanishing World of the Yangtze's Three Gorges

CHN132
Deirdre Chetham
Springer
2004
306
1403964289
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A vivid portrait of the Three Gorges region of the Upper Yangtze River, by the director of the Asia Center at Harvard. Chetham offers a personal, detailed glimpse into the spectacular natural beauty of the river, its checkered history and the lives of the
$39.99

Lonely Planet Discover China

CHN674
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
348
1786578875
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Focusing on must-see and memorable places and experiences, this all-color guide by the discerning editors at Lonely Planet features hundreds of color photographs and maps, suggested tours and itineraries along with not-to-be-missed places to stay, eat, shop and see.
$24.99

China Central Map

CHN431
Gizi Map
2010
1
9638703040
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This detailed map shows the most visited sites in China from Beijing, south to Wuhan, and Shanghai to Chengdu, Chongqing, the Three Gorges, Xi'an and Lanzhou. Scaled at 1:2,000,000.
$14.95

China Adventure Map

CHN06
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
2
1553411706
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A double-sided, full-color map of China, at a useful scale of 1:4,375,000, which shows roads and cities. Printed on tear- and water-resistant paper.
$11.95

Yangzi River Map

CHN177
Richard Perry Hayman
Odyssey Maps
2003
2
9622177158
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Double-sided, this full-color map guide features photos and ten maps showing the Yangzi from the Himalayas to the East China Sea.
$14.95

Culture Smart! China

CHN434
Kathy Flower
Kuperard
2017
168
1857338545
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This is a handy guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$11.99

Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong & Macau

HKG50
Rough Guides
Rough Guides
2016
160
0241252822
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
By the savvy editors at Rough Guide, these just-right guides are bundled with a pullout map.
$12.99

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

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

China in the 21st Century

CHN587
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Oxford University Press
2013
224
0195394127
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Wasserstrom puts China’s policies, industrialization and international relations in the context of its history and culture in this concise, illuminating introduction. Second edition.
$16.95

China, A Photographic Journey Through the Middle Kingdom

CHN627
Gu Guo (Editor)
Abbeville Publishing Group
2010
243
0789210800
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This miniature edition of the oversized original includes the same 243 dramatic color photos and 12 panoramic foldout pages, showing China's monuments and landscapes.
$17.50

Postcards from Tomorrow Square

CHN559
James Fallows
Vintage Books
2008
288
0307456242
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Ranging from politics to society and business, these richly observed, candid essays capture the complexity, tumult and promise of modern China. A correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, where these essays first appeared, Fallows and his wife moved to China in 2006.
$15.00

Shanghai, The Rise and Fall of the Decadent City 1842-1949

CHN128
Stella Dong
HarperCollins Publishers
2001
318
0060934816
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A riveting portrait of "the most pleasure-mad, rapacious, corrupt, strife-ridden, licentious, squalid and decadent city in the world."
$15.99

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 River at the Center of the World

CHN31
Simon Winchester
Henry Holt and Company
2004
410
0312423373
PAPER
Exploration
0
1
0
0
With ease and grace, Winchester writes about the character of the Yangtze and the people and places along its banks. An absorbing portrait of the great river that flows through the heart of China.
$19.00

The Search for Ancient China

CHN69
Corinne Debaine-Francfort
Thames & Hudson UK
1999
160
050030095X
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
With information on everything from jewelry to emperors' tombs and terracotta warriors, the Great Wall and the dazzling 400-year history of the Han Empire, this shirt-pocket survey of discovery features 150 illustrations.
$15.95

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

China Road

CHN433
Rob Gifford
Random House
2008
368
0812975243
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
NPR's Gifford writes with warmth and affection of his encounters with truckers, small farmers and regular folk along fabled Route 312 from Shanghai to the border of Kazakhstan.
$18.00

Country Driving

CHN600
Peter Hessler
HarperCollins
2011
480
006180410X
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Opening with an eventful 7,000-mile road trip across northern China, Peter Hessler (River Town, Oracle Bones) shows the absurdity, humor and hope of China in this latest portrait of a nation catapulted into the modern world.
$15.99

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

Mao Zedong

CHN66
Jonathan Spence
Penguin Putnam
2006
192
0143037722
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Yale sinologist, writer and historian Spence tracks the life of the architect of the People's Republic from his provincial upbringing to his savage three-decade rule.
$16.00

River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze

CHN125
Peter Hessler
HarperCollins
2006
432
0060855029
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Hessler's compelling, personal story of life as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fuling, where foreigners are a curiosity, explores the culture, traditions and ideas of an isolated world.
$19.99

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

A Single Pebble

CHN03
John Hersey
Vintage Books
1989
181
0394756975
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A haunting novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winner. Hersey writes, with deceptive simplicity, of an American engineer looking for a dam site on the Yangtze. Think Hemingway on the Yangtze.
$15.00

China, A Traveler's Literary Companion

CHN520
Kirk Denton (Editor)
Whereabouts Press
2008
231
1883513235
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
An introduction both to China's finest modern writers and its diverse cultures, concerns and landscapes, organized geographically.
$14.95

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

Five Star Billionaire

CHN740
Tash Aw
Spiegel & Grau
2014
416
0812984811
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The celebrated Malaysian author brings his characters together in gritty, glamorous and very cosmopolitan 21st-century Shanghai to wheel and deal and make their fortunes. A harrowing piece of contemporary literature.
$17.00

Chinese Wildlife

CHN440
Martin Walters
Bradt Publications
2008
208
1841622206
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This compact introduction to birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and plants found from the Tibetan plateau to the deserts, tropical forests and mountains includes 200 color photographs.
$26.99

For Kids

Eyewitness Ancient China

CHN50
Arthur Cotterell
DK Publishing
2005
64
0756613825
HARD COVER
Reference
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This handsomely illustrated overview of the history, art and accomplishments of ancient China is terrific for children ages 9-12. Informative text, color photographs and detailed illustrations introduce China's rich heritage.
$16.99

Buddha Stories

ASA16
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1997
32
0805048863
HARD COVER
Religion
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Intended for ages 4 to 8, this book tells 10 of the author's favorite "jakatas," or moral tales of the Buddha. She has sumptuously illustrated the volume in gold printed on deep, dark blue (in the tradition of an ancient Buddhist text).
$25.99

Favorite Children's Stories from China and Tibet

CHN93
Koon-chiu Lo (Illustrator), Lotta Carswell Hume
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2001
120
0804835861
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A highly recommended collection of 19 Chinese and Tibetan tales, collected and retold by an American doctor's wife who lived in Hunan province from 1906 to 1928. The illustrations practically leap off the page.
$18.95

Lon Po Po, A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

CHN102
Ed Young (Illustrator)
Penguin Putnam
1996
32
0698113829
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
This powerfully illustrated Chinese variant on the story of Red Riding Hood features three sisters who outsmart Lon Po Po, or Granny Wolf, who is disguised as the girls' grandmother. For readers ages 5-9.
$7.99

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

The Year of the Panda

CHN105
Miriam Schlein, Kam Mak (Illustrator)
HarperCollins
1992
82
0064403661
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Rich in detail of the plight and rescue of the giant panda, this chapter book is written for readers 8-12. In it, ten-year-old Lu Yi and his father find an orphaned da xiong mao (giant panda) and nurse it back to health.
$5.99

The Empty Pot

CHN106
Demi
Henry Holt and Company
1991
32
0805012176
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
When the emperor distributes seeds to all the children in China and announces that his successor will be the one who one who grows the most beautiful flower, young Ping is dismayed when his pot remains barren. He goes before the emperor empty-handed and is unexpectedly rewarded for his honesty.
$19.99

House of Sixty Fathers

CHN119
Meindert De Jong, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
HarperCollins
1987
189
0064402002
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This classic children's novel is set in China during the Japanese invasion as a young boy makes a journey to reunite with his family. A Newbery Honor Book, illustrated by Maurice Sendak and written for kids ages 9-12.
$5.99

Homesick, My Own Story

CHN141
Jean Fritz
Penguin Putnam
1999
163
0698117824
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Jean Fritz recounts her childhood in Hankow, China in the 1920s. It's a candid, wonderfully written account of this turbulent time, told from a little girl's perspective.
$7.99

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

CHN148
Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
Macmillan
2008
266
0312380070
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
For ages 9-12. Drawing on her experience in China as a missionary in the 1920s, Lewis illuminates the transformation of 13-year-old Young Fu from a country bumpkin to a resourceful apprentice coppersmith in the dangerous, semi-feudal city of Chunking in this Newbery-winning classic. 75th anniversary edition.
$8.99

Emperor's Silent Army, Terracotta Warriors of Ancient China

CHN182
Jane O'Connor
Viking
2002
48
0670035122
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Visually engaging and informative, this book introduces the Terracotta Army of the first Qin emperor to middle readers.
$17.99

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats

CHN183
Leslie Swartz, Nina Simonds, Meilo So (Illustrator)
Gulliver
2002
80
0152019839
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A fun guide to celebrating the New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and other Chinese holidays.
$21.00

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

Asian Children's Favorite Stories

ASA56
Patrick Yee (Illustrator), Liana Romulo, Joan Suyenaga, Kay Lyons
Charles E. Tuttle Company
2006
112
0804836698
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Subtitled "A treasury of folktales from China, Japan, Korea, India, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia," this is a wonderful collection of 13 traditional stories.
$24.95

Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

CHN473
Ying Chang Compestine
Henry Holt and Company
2009
249
0312581491
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This powerful autobiographical novel, set in 1970s China, shows the impact of the Cultural Revolution through the eyes of the nine-year-old daughter of two medical doctors. Geared for middle schoolers.
$11.50

Eyewitness China

CHN563
Poppy Sebag-montefiore
DK Publishing
2007
72
0756629764
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Geography, history, sports, daily life and food are all included in this visually rich introduction to today's China, which, like many books in the Eyewitness series, includes a poster and CD.
$16.99

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

Cixi, Evil Empress of China?

CHN619
Sean Stewart Price
Franklin Watts
2009
128
0531221717
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This biography in the Wicked History series, geared toward ages 12-14, follows Cixi (1835-1908), the last Empress of China, from being one of Emperor's concubines through her devious rise to power to the consequences of supporting the Boxers, an army of Chinese peasants who resisted reform with brutality.
$5.95

Welcome To China

CHN678
Caryn Jenner
DK Publishing
2008
48
0756637538
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Photographs combine with engaging, captivating stories, catapulting young readers (aged 4-8) on a whirlwind tour of China.
$3.99

Elephants and Golden Thrones, Inside China's Forbidden City

CHN718
Trish Marx
Harry N. Abrams
2008
48
0810994852
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
From a grand procession of elephants to the golden nail guards that protected the emperor's three-inch nails, details large and small bring this fortress to life for young armchair travelers.
$19.95

More Books

Waiting

CHN80
Ha Jin
Vintage Books
2000
308
0375706410
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A spare, haunting story of a military doctor who tries for 18 years to divorce his peasant wife so he can marry a more sophisticated nurse at his hospital. Greatly evocative of quotidian life in China during the Cultural Revolution and after.
$16.00

The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China

CHN126
William Lindesay
Odyssey Publications
2008
32
9622174876
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A beautiful introduction to the extraordinary tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China, this concise visual overview features richly colored illustrations and photographs accompanied by detailed captions.
$12.95

The Terra Cotta Army, China's First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation

CHN518
John Man
Da Capo Press
2008
304
030681840X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Man recounts the 1974 discovery of the 8,000 terra cotta soldiers and uses the legend, lore and facts associated with Emperor Qin's Tomb to speculate about the mysterious emperor himself.
$19.99

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 Ballad of a Small Player

HKG47
Lawrence Osborne
Random House
2015
272
0804137994
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this riveting novel, Osborne immerses the reader in the psychology of a gambler entrenched the underworld of Macau's casinos. Hong Kong and Macau outside of the gambling scene are depicted with great accuracy and allure.
$15.00

Culture Smart! Hong Kong

HKG24
Clare Vickers
Kuperard
2004
168
1857333683
PAPER
Guidebook
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
$9.95