287 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Introduction : China's cultural codes -- Traveling and transportation : Getting to and from China ; Domestic transfers ; Air travel within China ; Taxis ; Train travel in China ; The train class numbering system ; Types of seating/sleeping on Chinese trains ; Bus travel in China ; Traveling by subway ; Traveling bicycle ; Driving in China ; Walking ; Names of airlines -- Living : Staying in a hotel ; Characteristics of hotels in China ; Staying in a university student dormitory or foreign student housing ; Renting an apartment -- Eating : Eating at restaurants ; Eating like a native ; The Chinese banquet ; Eating Chinese hotpot ; Going out for dimsum ; Eating on the street ; Shopping and cooking ; Where are all the buffets? -- Communicating : Telephones ; Making sense of cell phone plans ; Computers and the internet ; Blogging like a native ; Using the post office ; Company, brand and site names -- Banking : Exchanging money ; How to open a bank account ; ATM cards ; Kinds of bank accounts ; Credit cards ; Money transfers ; Paying utility bills at the bank -- Shopping : Where to shop ; Shopping like a native: hit the flea markets ; Shopping for living necessities ; The art of bartering ; Cash is king ; How to get things home ; Online shopping ; What to buy in China ; Avoiding misspending ; Names of stores -- Studying : When to go to China ; Chinese attitudes towards education ; Selecting a study program in China ; Direct enrollment in a Chinese University ; Self-study learning strategies ; Using a tutor ; Making the most of your tutor ; Still need help?: self-study learning resources -- Working : Hierarchy ; The importance of developing and maintaining relationships ; Chinese group mentality ; The concept of face ; The concept of guanxi ; Business meetings ; Working in an office ; Internships ; Negotiating like a native ; The importance of cultural knowledge -- Visiting and hosting ; Building and maintaining relationships ; Giving and receiving compliments ; A word about "thank you" and "please" ; Gift giving ; What kinds of gifts should you give? Accepting and declining invitations ; Visiting someone at their home ; The concept of privacy in China ; The Chinese banquet -- Surviving : Culture shock ; Vaccinations ; Jet lag ; Dealing with food and drink ; Easing culture shock ; Dealing with injury or illness ; Health insurance ; Visiting a hospital ; Chinese attitudes towards healthcare ; Tips for staying healthy in China ; Women's health -- Conclusion : Safely avoiding the ugly American syndrome ; Blending in -- Appendix 1. Useful websites before you go : General information ; Travel ; Weather ; Living ; City-specific resources ; News and information ; Communicating ; Shopping ; Studying ; Health ; Other -- Appendix 2. Tickets, forms, etc. that you may encounter : Train tickets ; A typical Chinese restaurant menu ; Long distance IP phone cards ; Signs ; Train station signs.