Fried Eggs with Chopsticks

When she learnt that the Chinese had built enough new roads to circle the equator sixteen times, Polly Evans decided to go and witness for herself the way this vast nation was hurtling into the technological age. But on arriving in China she found the building work wasnt quite finished.
Squeezed up against Buddhist monks, squawking chickens and on one happy occasion a soldier named Hero, Polly clattered along pot-holed tracks from the snow-capped mountains of Shangri-La to the bear-infested jungles of the south. She braved encounters with a sadistic masseur, a ridiculously flexible kung-fu teacher, and a terrified child who screamed at the sight of her.
In quieter moments, Polly contemplated Chinas long and colourful history – the seven-foot-tall eunuch commander who sailed the globe in search of treasure; the empress that chopped off her rivals hands and feet and boiled them to make soup – and pondered the bizarre traits of the modern mandarins. And, as she travelled, she attempted to solve the ultimate gastronomic conundrum: just how does one eat a soft-fried egg with chopsticks?

Reviews:

‘Vastly entertaining’ Woman and Home
‘Unlike that terrifying breed of die-hard travel writers, Evans is one of us…Makes for a refreshing read’ Sunday Times Travel
‘Funny and astute, this is an engrossing portrayal of one of the world’s most fascinating countries’ Wanderlust
‘Highly readable…Fried Eggs with Chopsticks is gutsy, funny and rarely self-indulgent’ South China Morning Post
‘Offering a fresh take on travel writing [Fried Eggs with Chopsticks is] honest and a lot of fun’ Trip
‘A charming, insightful and humorous view of life on the roads and rails in the PRC’ That’s Shanghai
‘An entertaining story’ Manchester Evening News
‘A gem of a book’ AND Magazine
“Evans reprises the light, kooky formula she adopted with her debut travelogue (It’s Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels) in this account of her solo trip across China…. Evans’s sophomore effort will make an entertaining companion for armchair travelers who enjoy women’s magazine-style writing.”  Publishers Weekly
Alternately funny and informative.Evans is a hands-on kind of travel writer. She likes to try new things and hang out with new people, and she writes travel lit at ground level: noisy, colorful, and entirely delightful. Comparisons to Bryson, Cahill, and Theroux, while obvious, would not be unwarranted.”  Booklist
“Funny and fascinating…Evans includes history, legend and many, many wry observations.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“British travel writer Evans takes an extremely courageous solitary trip around the People’s Republic of China…. Her tales are amusing and truly fun to read, and the book gives readers a firsthand look at the world’s most populous nation. A helpful map of her travels and a list of sources are included. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.” Library Journal