Sept. 24.

Make-Do author Mark Kitto is taking his enthralling show Chinese Boxing to the Players Theatre in Thame, UK on 22 October. Written and performed by Mark, the solo performance sees him channel different characters to take audiences inside the dramatic events of the Boxer Uprising of 1900. The post-show Q&A will explore what it means for China today. Mark is the author of two acclaimed books about China, China Cuckoo and That’s China.

Aug 17.

Chen Xiwo’s short-story selection The Book of Sins has been selected as one of the LA Review of Books ’12 Best Contemporary Chinese Fiction Books’. Congratulations to Chen Xiwo and translator Nicky Harman.  You could view the full list here:

Aug 8. Event
We’re delighted to announce that we are adding two events at Shanghai and Suzhou bookstores based around our book “Luoyang: In Search of China’s Ancient Capital”. The events are scheduled for September, check our Facebook page for details of times and venues.

Aug 1. Vietnam: Halong Bay’s Cat Ba: a jewel in Vietnam’s island crown
Read Meet Asia writer Thomas bird’s South China Morning Post story about how Cat Ba and its neighbouring islands, a short train journey from Hanoi, offer a lesser known, laid-back alternative to Halong Bay’s famous collection of karst islets.
I spend the journey from the Chinese border lying on a bed, softly rocking with the motion of the overnight train. The air conditioning hisses overhead and the carriage smells of the wood that bedecks the interior. Outside, bats are navigating the purple sky as the world slowly turns invisible….

July 4. Cambodia The Fair
Meet Asia will be at the CATA Travel Agents Fair in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh this weekend, and one of the areas we are focusing on is Sihanoukville.the subject of a forthcoming guide. If anyone would like to share insights about destinations in Cambodia, please email

July 1. Ebooks Summer Promotion
We are delighted to announce that ebooks for two of our most popular China guides are now available at promotional prices of just GBP3.99 for July and August. The ebooks all contain hundreds of colour photos, detailed local listings and descriptions of both famed and off-the-beaten-track attractions.


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