This book is excellently written. The book included many great details about China and Chengdu. For the average reader, it is very descriptive and pretty interesting. There are some entertaining parts such as the story telling and the stories behind the food. The tips section is very useful as it tells you where to go and how to get there. The links are going to be very useful. The references to actual people's thoughts and feelings about Chengdu were very nice. If you are planning a long and leisurely trip to Chengdu and other parts of China, this is probably the best book for you.