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Bit of an oddball question - Seeking NYC Guidebooks in Chinese

Bit of an oddball question - Seeking NYC Guidebooks in Chinese

Old Sep 11th, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Bit of an oddball question - Seeking NYC Guidebooks in Chinese

Hi everyone. We have a diplomatic delegation coming in from China next week are a looking to provide a handful of New York City guidebooks in Chinese. Any ideas where we could source those? You would think it would be easy here in NY but we're not having any luck so far. Any help appreciated.
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Old Sep 11th, 2012, 10:48 AM
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Call the New York Public library in Chinatown. They probably have some books to lend and may have some clues on where to buy them
http://www.nypl.org/locations/chatham-square
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Old Sep 11th, 2012, 11:03 AM
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Interesting suggestion. We definitely want to give them the books as part of a little gift. We'll call the library.
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I wonder if there might be a bookstore in Chinatown that would have them.
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Old Sep 11th, 2012, 11:23 AM
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I have always found that Barnes & Noble is great at tracking things down. You might also try the Chinese consulate here - or even the embassy to the UN.
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Called BN to no avail. We're seeing if the Chinese consulate can help. We've called three bookstores in Chinatown which also didn't have any NY guidebooks. Who would have thought this would have been so hard!
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Old Sep 11th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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http://www.nycgo.com/venues/official...kioskchinatown

Museum of the Chinese in America, maybe they have a giftshop and bookstore http://www.mocanyc.org/
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Old Sep 11th, 2012, 01:14 PM
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There are two excellent travel bookstores in NYC..Idlewild on W. 19th and Longitudes on W.30th. I would call them and see if they either have them or can get them for you.
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Do you have a convention center, or a visitor bureau? Here in San Francisco we have guides in all languages, and they are free!

Stop at any major hotel, get a guidebook in English, ask them if they have in Chinese.
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Go to www.abebooks.com They connect with bookstores throughout the U.S. and the UK. It's worth a shot.
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As a general rule, you can find guidebooks for city X, in many languages, in the bookstore in X international airport.
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Are dialects an issue?
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Not dialects, since it's a written language that is not based on sound. However, make sure that the guidebooks are written in the new "abbreviated" Chinese script used on the Mainland. Chinese who live outside of China still use the more traditional (more strokes) written language.

Does NY have a Visitors' Bureau? Maybe it can help.

Otherwise, I would suggest that you google and find "Chinese bookstore, Los Angeles" on Yelp and also the list for San Francisco. Call the best starred ones and just ask. If they don't have any, they may know who does.

You could also try the same for Toronto and Vancouver, as there are fairly large Chinese communities in those Canadian cities.
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