TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA by Ruth Lor Malloy

TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

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Thinking of taking a little jaunt to the People's Republic of China? If so, Mrs. Malloy has some good advice for you. Be prepared to visit a lot of factories, schools and communes. But first you have to get a visa. And before you apply for a visa you must apply for permission to apply for a visa. Got that? Good, there's more. Your chances of getting to China are much better if you're part of a group and have a good reason for going--""you will get nowhere if you say you just want to sight-see."" When you arrive you'll meet your RP--that's your Responsible Person assigned to shepherd you from The Temple of Heaven to The Ming Tombs to The Great Hall of The People. Your accommodations and meals will cost you about $50 a day and that's a lot of Chinese dumplings. Mrs. Malloy has been over there twice, in 1965 and 1973 as an Overseas Chinese journalist and she'll tell you most anything you need to know about Chinese trains, buses, telephones, historic sites, tipping (don't; it's insulting) and flirting (don't; it's insulting), touring and taking photographs (ask permission). If you get sick, the medical care is excellent; if you get caught in the middle of a hostile crowd, smile a lot and ""keep apologizing."" Peking should be safer than New York or Rome, but occasional outbreaks of xenophobia have been known to occur. And be ready to tour indefatigably. That's the way it is, comrade.

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 1975
Publisher: Morrow