Valerie Astill, Travel Writer


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Rice, Rats and Rickshaws

A journey through China from Hong Kong to Beijing


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This book is illustrated with maps and photographs and describes an eventful journey through China, from Hong Kong to Beijing, with Explore. During our very first meal on the Chinese mainland, one of the group was attacked by a rat that had been hiding under the restaurant table.

This fascinating account not only covers visits to the main tourist attractions, some better known than others, but also provides an insight into the way of life, the beliefs and customs of the local people at that time. Discover how the fishermen on the Li River train their cormorants, enter a home in rural Guilin, walk on a sacred mountain and experience a Sunday market in the country, where you can watch the locals using the services of the visiting dentist, barber and ear cleaner.


ISBN 978-178035-593-1           Purchase price 8.99 plus 3.00 postage and packing.



This is available as an e-book through Amazon Kindle. The paperback version is available to borrow through many local libraries or may be purchased direct from the author.

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