Here’s what authors Barbara Strother and Stuart Strother love about China:
  • Street food that’s convenient, cheap, and tasty. Stopping along the sidewalk for refreshing pineapple-on-a-stick in the summertime, hot roasted yams in the winter, and spicy lamb kebabs any time of the year.
  • The popularity of Chinese games like mahjong and xiang qi (Chinese chess), and the delight you bring to the Chinese when you know how to play.
  • Strange and wonderful forms of transportation, and bikes as valid substitutes for a car: wide bike lanes, bike parking lots, collapsible bike baskets, and even umbrella stands that attach to handlebars (sold in cities that get a lot of rain).
  • The optimism, smiles, openness, and curiosity of the Chinese. Making new friends here is easy; chatting with strangers is always encouraged.
  • Amusing potato chip f lavors like Strawberry Cheetos, Grilled-Steak Bugles, and Lay’s chips in Finger Licking Braised Pork or Breezy Blueberry.
  • The teahouse culture: chillax with friends over a good cup o’ cha (tea) in an environment oozing with traditional charm. And now plenty of coffee shops that play into that tradition with a stronger, sweeter brew.
  • The celebrity status of foreigners. Being invited to participate in events or sought out by strangers for photos just because you’re a laowai.
  • Chinese hair salons. Professional haircuts for less than $10 including a full upper body massage for free. Or skip the cut: It’s common to just get your hair washed, free massage included, for half the price.
  • Easy customization. Getting shoes, bikes, clothing, or bags repaired or modified by the nearest sidewalk tailor or mechanic in traditional neighborhoods.
  • Chinese menus, which are often giant tomes of dishes you’ve never tried before.
  • Discovering new delicacies. Learning to like (and in time to love and crave) foods that you once thought too strange to be palatable.
  • The challenge. The constant puzzle to figure out what’s going on in a place where you can’t read all the signs or understand everything that’s been spoken. The complexity of everyday life in a culture so different from your own.
  • Each day is an adventure waiting to happen. No matter how long you’ve lived here, every day you can see, learn, or do something new.


If you have always dreamed of living in China and are ready to take that step, Moon Living Abroad in China delivers what you need to know about your move—in a smart and organized manner. Wife-and-husband author team Barbara and Stuart Strother have extensive experience working, traveling, and living in China. With their expertise, you’ll receive the information you need, including essential information on setting up your daily life, applying for visas, tackling finances, and looking for employment. You’ll get practical advice on education, health care, and how to rent or buy a home that fits your needs. The book also includes color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps to help you find your bearings.

With insight into navigating the language and culture of China, Moon Living Abroad in China is a helpful resource for tourists, business people, adventurers, students, teachers, professionals, families, couples, and retirees looking to relocate.

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