Qin and Larry Herzberg recently published the China Survival Guide, a brief but packed small book on how to quickly understand Chinese culture and avoid making mortifying mistakes. They give Travelhappy their Top 10 Tips for travelling in China
The British writer JG Ballard grew up in pre-war Shanghai and described it vividly in his award-winning, Spielberg-movie-adapted novel Empire Of The Sun. On my recent visit to one of China’s most dynamic cities, I went looking for what’s left of Ballard’s Shanghai.
The Dragon’s Pearl is Sirin’s autobiographical account of the 17 years she spent in China, and why her father, and the then-Thai prime minister Pibul Songkram, sent Wan and Sirin to live there in 1956.
Getting a Chinese visa in Bangkok is relatively straightforward if you only want a 30 day tourist visa – and you know where to find the visa section, because it’s not in the Chinese Embassy
One of China’s greatest historical treasures is the magnificent Summer Palace in Beijing. If you go in the depths of winter, you’re in for a big surprise…
Here are some vintage Engrish and funny sign photos from my travels around China, Borneo and Thailand. Some of them have appeared on Travelhappy before but got lost in a software meltdown. Here they are restored in all their glory.
The author of The Sex Lives Of Cannibals and Getting Stoned With Savages turns his attention to China in his forthcoming book
Travelhappy presents a new travel photo every Friday – Amazing Asian people, places and sometimes just amusingly puerile.
There’s still no budget carrier flights between Bangkok and Hong Kong, but Emirates have very reasonably priced flights between the two cities
Hong Kong is reknown as a mecca for electronics bargains, but can its savvy traders offer a better price on the iPod than anywhere else?
Filming for the new Batman movie is taking place on location in Hong Kong this weekend – and I’m hoping I’ll get to see some of the action while I’m there visiting friends
JG Ballard is the author of Empire Of The Sun, a quasi-autobiographical novel about growing up in 1930s Shanghai and then living in an internment camp after the Japanese invaded during World War II. Rick McGrath discovered that Ballard’s childhood home still exists amongst the never-ending reconstruction of Shanghai and recently travelled halfway around the […]
Thinking of getting a Chinese tattoo? Be very, very careful of what the Chinese characters say (rather than what you think they say) before you commit them to your skin to avoid unintentional hilarity amongst Chinese readers
Fan Wu’s debut novel February Flowers is a deeply compelling coming of age story, centred around two female university students in Guangzhou, China.
Singapore’s Tiger Airways are having an Early Bird Saver sale, which means you can fly from Singapore to Bangkok, Krabi and Phuket for 60 Baht each way, plus tax – and they also have bargain flights to Vietnam, Australia, China and the Philippines
A sort-of sequel to “Pyongyang”, “Shenzen” is another superb graphic novel from Guy Delisle, detailing the culture shock of his three months in one of China’s most rapidly growing cities
If you want to get a Chinese symbol for a tattoo, make sure you get a native speaker to tell you what it means first
Ted Fishman’s China Inc. offers a breakneck tour of China’s economic boom and its huge impact on both the country and the world
Olympic athletes take note – Beijing, host of the 2008 Games, now has its very own restaurant that serves only the penis and testicles of assorted animals