Anyone writing about China must confront three stereotypes – Imperial China, Mao’s China and the China that is home to well over a billion people. Yet those stereotypes remain so appealing to visitors to that vast country that it is hard to avoid them. Vistonitis manages to take them in his stride as he deals with the various aspects of the dragon, the rose, the lotus, the emperor, the Great Helmsman, red capitalism and Tien An Men Square. Ruthless when asking questions about issues relating to democratic practices, he treats the information he receives from the Chinese authorities with sardonic elegance.
Though written in 1995, the book continues to be of interest, because many of the issues it deals with remain topical. It is not so much a guidebook to Beijing as a journey into the way of thinking imposed by the capital of the world’s most populous country.
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