In this book, expert China traveler John Sun takes you on a journey to China: the country of his birth, together with all of its fascinating (and at times, frustrating) aspects. The result will prepare you for the adventure of a lifetime as you enjoy China's myriad sights, both crowded and intimate. John Sun offers practical tips: everything from booking tickets to transportation, logistics, dining, shopping, sightseeing, and, of course, China's thousands of years of history and culture. Features include: --Top cities and cultural attractions --Etiquette and local customs --Negotiation and bargaining --Communication and language --Budget tips and hostel guide --Chinese cuisine --Accommodation and lodging basics --Travel within China --Rules and regulations --Money and budget --Health and safety --Festivals and holidays --Weather and how to prepare for it --What/what not to bring John Sun was born in Shanghai, China. After many years working in the United States defense industry, he retired in 2006 and travels around the world. He believes the world will become a better place if everyone travels and gets to know their neighbors.