These are some of my favorite books related to China. Some of them helped to get me interested and excited about my Chinese visit, while others helped me plan and prepare for my trip. If you're planning a China trip yourself, or just interested in China, then I highly recommend you read these books. You can purchase any of the books here from Amazon.com from the links below. By doing so you will be helping to pay this website's hosting fees.
General China Books
China Travel Guides
Chinese Language Texts
This was a book recommended to me by my third-year Chinese teacher. It is one of her favorite books, and now it's one of my favorite books too. The author spent two years in Sichuan teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer. The book reveals much about life and culture in modern China and has many interesting stories from history as well.
Red Dust was written by a Chinese dissident artist who fled Beijing in 1981 and spent three years wandering through China. He had many amazing adventures along the way as well as many new revelations. This book was so interesting I couldn't stop reading it.
Lonely Planet is great to have when you're planning a trip in China. I used it to help make decision about where to go and what do on my trip. I found the guide to be comprehensive and up-to-date. Another nice thing about the lonely planet guides is that businesses can't pay for listings, so you know their ratings are unbiased.
Beijing is is a great place to visit if you want to see famous historic sites like the Forbidden Palace, the Summer Palace, and the Great Wall. If you're going to be visiting Beijing you might want to consider reading this book or at least bringing it as a reference.
Shanghai is China's biggest and most modern city. Although it may be the Chinese City most like a large US city such as New York, many interesting and sometimes surprising cultural differences still abound there. If you're going to be visiting Shanghai consider buying this book.
Level: First Year, First Semester
Integrated Chinese is the series I used to study first-year Chinese at University of Washington. This is the level 1, part 1 textbook, which you would probably spend one semester studying. You can also buy audio CDs of the textbook dialogs which are very helpful for getting listening practice, as well as a workbook and character workbook. You may be able to find these additional items by searching Amazon.com
Level: First Year, Second Semester
This is the level 1, part 2 textbook, which you would probably spend your second semester of first-year Chinese studying. You can also buy audio CDs of the textbook dialogs which are very helpful for getting listening practice, as well as a workbook and character workbook. You may be able to find these additional items by searching Amazon.com
Level: Second Year
This is a great second-year Chinese textbook. I used it when I was living in Pasadena, CA and studied second-year Chinese at Pasadena City College. This is not the second-year textbook used at the University of Washington; I feel the second-year textbook the University of Washington uses is poorly written, so I'm not listing it here.
Level: Third Year
This is the text I used to study third-year Chinese at the University of Washington. This is the best written Chinese textbook I've ever seen. The articles not only help you improve your Chinese abilities, they are also very interesting and informative. Studying this book will advance your knowledge of not only the Chinese language but of China itself. You can also purchase audio tapes for this textbook, which I haven't actually used, and a supplementary workbook which I used a little. You may be able to find them by searching Amazon.com
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