Getting Around in China is a distillation of the experience of the American traveler Fred Richardson, who has spent many years and traveled many miles in China.
As the cover highlights, this is not a sightseeing guide, but a Practical Handbook for Traveling, Living, or Doing Business and to ensure that the user succeeds in getting to do what he or she wants or needs.
Target readership: the traveler/resident wanting to go beyond what can be found in regular guidebooks.
The book has two parts. Part 1 contains practical information, including tips not available in conventional guidebooks, such as just how to buy train tickets and how to find the publication date of maps – vital in a fast-changing country. This section is different from ordinary guidebooks, in terms of content and format. Part 2 is traveler’s tales, including personal reminiscences and scrapes and can be detached in the interests of a lighter backpack. And the glossary contains pinyin, Chinese characters and English meanings in a clear format.