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Book: Rice, Rats and Rickshaws by Valerie Astill

Book: Rice, Rats and Rickshaws by Valerie Astill

categories: Book, China, Adventure, Xian, Hong Kong, Beijing, Guilin, Kunming, Stone Forest, Emeishan, Leshan Giant Buddha, Huaqing Hot Springs, Travel Writing


Valerie Astill

Author Valerie Astillabout this book: You may have visited Hong Kong, taken a cruise along the Yangtse River or been on a conducted tour to see the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors, meeting few people other than those with whom you are travelling. However, have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the real China and meet the local people?

If so, join the author and her husband on an adventure that took them on a journey through the centre of this fascinating country from Hong Kong up to Beijing and learn how, among their many other experiences, they watched cormorants being used by fishermen on the Li River, visited the home of a farming family, met members of some of the minority tribes and attended a Chinese wedding reception. Find out about some of the hazards encountered on the trip, such as a rat attack in a restaurant or being trapped in a lift.

This book describes a holiday taken several years ago. China is going through a period of very rapid change and rather than being a travel guide, this is a snapshot of personal experiences at that particular time.

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