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A Traveller's History of China (review)

A Traveller's History of China (review) 426 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 1997 Stephen G. Haw. A Traveller's History of China. New York: Interlink Books, 1995. x, 310 pp. Paperback $14.95, isbn 1-56656-180-9. During the 1980s, I worked for several years organizing and escorting American tour groups to China. In making the arrangements for these excursions, and in preparing the participants for their impending encounter with China, one problem I encountered that plagued the travel industry was the lack of a single book which could serve both as a guide to the major tourist destinations in China and as an adequate introduction to the vast expanse of Chinese history. Most travelers to the People's Republic are very interested in China's traditional culture and the imperial past, and want a broad overview within which they can situate the wonders of Qinshihuangdi's tomb or the gardens of Suzhou. Stephen G. Haw's A Traveller's History of China is not the perfect solution to the problem of a single source for the prospective China tourist, but it is by far the best attempt at such a book I have yet seen. It is primarily devoted to presenting a comprehensive account of China's long history, in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

A Traveller's History of China (review)

China Review International , Volume 4 (2) – Mar 30, 1997

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426 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 1997 Stephen G. Haw. A Traveller's History of China. New York: Interlink Books, 1995. x, 310 pp. Paperback $14.95, isbn 1-56656-180-9. During the 1980s, I worked for several years organizing and escorting American tour groups to China. In making the arrangements for these excursions, and in preparing the participants for their impending encounter with China, one problem I encountered that plagued the travel industry was the lack of a single book which could serve both as a guide to the major tourist destinations in China and as an adequate introduction to the vast expanse of Chinese history. Most travelers to the People's Republic are very interested in China's traditional culture and the imperial past, and want a broad overview within which they can situate the wonders of Qinshihuangdi's tomb or the gardens of Suzhou. Stephen G. Haw's A Traveller's History of China is not the perfect solution to the problem of a single source for the prospective China tourist, but it is by far the best attempt at such a book I have yet seen. It is primarily devoted to presenting a comprehensive account of China's long history, in

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Published: Mar 30, 1997

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