If you like travel books that only discuss how beautiful a place is with the intent to get you to go there, this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you like books about places that give you an accurate picture of the place, warts and all, by all means pick this book up. Polly Evans has a very sarcastic style of writing, which she alternately turns on the people of China, the landscape in China, and herself. I found this book very interesting whether she was describing the 1500 beautiful Buddhist carvings in a limestone cave, or the horrible stench of the open toilets in the small villages she visited. From her self loathing because she opted for McDonald's and Starbucks once in a while, to here bravery in trying the dog served for dinner in one village. Since I am most likely never going to get to visit China, it was great to be able to see the good, the bad, and the ugly through Polly Evans eyes.