I have just finished a book called "River Town. Two years on the Yangtze" by Peter Hessler (published 2001). It is about an American guy teaching for two years in Fuling (1996-1998). It has really opened my eyes in to Chinese culture and prepared me for my China Explored tour in October. I couldn't put the book down and I can't believe how ignorant I was beforehand of the Chinese and China. I would recommend this book to everyone. It is really humourous too.