In the last few decades, China has undergone drastic changes, from a secluded Communist state to an active participant in the global economy. At the same time, the West's fascination with China has ascended to new heights. Leilei Chen's Re-Orienting China: Travel Writing and Cross-Cultural Understanding guides us through six rarely studies writers on post-1949 China: Jan Wong, Jock T. Wilson, Peter Hessler, Leslie T. Chang, Hill Gates, and Yi-Fu Tuan. Beginning with a defense of travel writing against the charge of imperialism, Chen explores the potential for cross-cultural travel to both transform the self and effect social and political change. At moments personal and intimate, Re-Orienting China guides us towards cross-cultural relationships that are critical in today's globalized world.