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Note to the Reader

China's Past

CHAPTER 1 Origin of the word "China"

CHAPTER 2 The Great Wall

CHAPTER 3 The imperial examination system

CHAPTER 4 Two bloody civil wars in China

CHAPTER 5 China's Queen Elizabeth I

CHAPTER 6 Hua Mulan

CHAPTER 7 Foot-binding

CHAPTER 8 Zheng He, the Sailor

CHAPTER 9 History of tea in China

CHAPTER 10 History of silk production in China

CHAPTER 11 The history of porcelain

CHAPTER 12 Invention of printing

CHAPTER 13 Origin of bonsai, tofu, and koi

CHAPTER 14 U.S. opium trade with China

CHAPTER 15 Chinese Educational Mission

CHAPTER 16 Chinese immigration to the U.S.

CHAPTER 17 Chiang Kai-shek

CHAPTER 18 Mao Ze-dong and his Legacy

China's Society, Culture, and Language

CHAPTER 19 Terms for Family Members in Chinese

CHAPTER 20 Chinese Holidays

CHAPTER 21 The nature of the Chinese written language

CHAPTER 22 The Spoken Chinese Language

CHAPTER 23 Chinese dialects

CHAPTER 24 Chinese surnames

CHAPTER 25 Pronunciation of Chinese names in U.S. and British media

CHAPTER 26 Sayings falsely attributed to the Chinese

CHAPTER 27 Lucky and unlucky numbers in Chinese

CHAPTER 28 Ethnic groups in China

CHAPTER 29 Differences between Chinese culture and Japanese culture

China Today

CHAPTER 30 The Communist Party and the Government

CHAPTER 31 The Chinese Military

CHAPTER 32 China's Population

CHAPTER 33 The Biggest Cities in China

CHAPTER 34 China's Economic Growth and Rise in Personal Incomes

CHAPTER 35 Gender Equality

CHAPTER 36 Marriage and Divorce

CHAPTER 37 The LGBT Community

CHAPTER 38 Youth Culture

CHAPTER 39 Automobiles in China

CHAPTER 40 Pollution in China

CHAPTER 41 Religion in China

CHAPTER 42 Chinese students in the U.S.

CHAPTER 43 Chinese-American restaurants

CHAPTER 44 American fast-food restaurants in China

CHAPTER 45 Most Chinese don't eat dog meat!

CHAPTER 46 High-speed railway system in China

CHAPTER 47 The Cashless Society

CHAPTER 48 The Internet and Social Media

CHAPTER 49 Social Changes and New Laws

CHAPTER 50 The Arts and Western Classical Music

CHAPTER 51 China's Emerging Role in the World

At a Glance

  • China Map
  • China Fast Facts
  • China Timeline and Dynasties Milestones in Chinese History
  • Great Chinese Artists
  • Classic Chinese Texts
  • Powerful Chinese Leaders and Politicans



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About the Author

Larry Herzberg studied Chinese for five years at Vanderbilt University before doing his Master's and Ph.D. work in Chinese Language and Literature at Indiana University. In 1980 he founded the Chinese Language Program at Albion College and then did the same at Calvin College in 1984. For the past three decades he has taught the Chinese language at the college level. He is author of Speak and Read Chinese and along with his wife, Qin Xue Herzberg, of China Survival Guide, Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar, Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings (all from Stone Bridge Press), and A Writing Guide for Learners of Chinese (Yale University Press).


Praise for CHINA SMART

5/5 "An invaluable resource for travelers to China as well as those who want to learn more about the country in a succinct format without having the need to page through dry and dense history tomes."

-The Manhattan Book Review

Praise for his previous work CHINA SURVIVAL GUIDE

"An ideal, pocket-sized, 264 page compendium packed from cover to cover with practical advice, insightful commentary, and invaluable tips on places to go, things to see, what to do, and what to avoid. . . . China Survival Guide should be considered an essential 'take-along' for anyone visiting China for business or pleasure."

-Midwest Book Review, May 2014

"Like [having] a professional guide walking alongside you answering your many questions. . . . A must for your next China visit!"

-Travel Answer Man Online

"Thank goodness for Larry and Qin Herzberg! Their book was invaluable in helping me anticipate some of the more foreign aspects of traveling in China, not to mention that the book is hilarious! Travel groups will benefit from their expertise on surviving in China with grace and humor."

-Susan Glassburn Larimer, China Travel Coordinator, Indiana University School of Social Work

Praise for his previous work BASIC PATTERNS OF CHINESE GRAMMAR

Typically enthusiastic ONLINE reviewer says: "I am stunned, stuffed and totally amazed that "Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar...." wasn't one of the compulsory first year texts for a Mandarin speak-read-write course ! It is critical for any student aspiring to speak Mandarin / Hanyu to buy this book as soon as possible ( I can't emphasize this entreaty strongly enough - BUY THIS BOOK ). Others have given the technical reasons for buying it so as a struggling, long-suffering, ongoing student I'll restrict myself to endorsing it."


"Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings is for everyday readers looking for pithy sayings, deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and a unique look at the Chinese language."

-The Rapidian

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