Exactly a year after we first met in London, we tied the knot on a cold day in the Chinese city of Yangzhou on the 31st of January 2017. Click here to see more photos.
2008/9 edition is still available in all good bookshops in the UK/US (have to order...print on demand) and on Amazon...just posted a freshly signed copy to my friend, Cecilia Lu - news anchor at China's GDTV.
The 2nd edition of my 1st book on China (The Newcomers Handbook to China), has finally been published and is available in Kindle, and Soft Copy on Amazon and all other book websites.
The last book was published just prior to the Beijing 2008 Olympics. China has changed a lot since then- even though it seems like yesterday! So, now this completely revised and updated second edition of the ‘Newcomer's Handbook Country Guide: China’ focuses on Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Tianjin, and Wuxi, with additional information on Macau and Hong Kong. Its 420 pages detail issues relating to culture shock, communication, and what to bring, as well as essentials of Chinese history, housing, transportation, health care, and more. This volume is especially useful for an individual seeking employment in or transferred to China, stressing how to function in China's job market, especially the business and educational sectors.
I have got many lovely messages from readers of my first book, and I would like to say a BIG thank you to you all for your advice and your inspiration. Without your advice I would not have been able to exercise more improvements on my 2nd book, and it is only with the assistance of the readers and because of the moderate success of the first book that this 2nd edition is now published. I hope that for those of you going to China for the first time, this will be a valuable tool for your new journey and life in this beautiful country!
Today (or yesterday, or tomorrow if you're on the other side of the world!) you can log on and buy 'China: Newcomers Handbook to China 2nd Edition' from Amazon globally. The link is below and thanks again for your help. Let me know what you think, and please feel free to write reviews too.
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The link for the new book is HERE.
Press Release can be found at this link:
While I thought that perhaps the weather would start getting warm as spring is nearly here, however to my dissappointment Suzhou is still lurking in cold winter style conditions. I paid a short visit to Hangzhou (around 1.5 hours train journey from Suzhou) last week, and the coastal city happened to be much warmer despite being at the same longitude as Suzhou. Perhaps something to do with its close proximity to the sea. For the time being I can only hope that it starts to get warmer soon. This would enable me to ride my E-bike again, which has been locked away during the vast majority of the winter days. I am also busy putting the finishing touches to the 2nd edition of my first travel guide to China, the 'Newcomers Handbook to China'. It's been a while since the first edition was published (before the Beijing 2008 Olympics), and so much has changed in China since the Olympics that the book requires updating. The 2nd edition should be completed and published sometime towards the autumn or winter of 2012. Watch this space!
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