Michael Meyer (travel writer)

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For those of a similar name, see Michael Mayer.

Michael Meyer is an American travel writer. He graduated from University of Wisconsin–Madison. He first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps. Following Peace Corps, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied writing under Adam Hochschild and Maxine Hong Kingston.

His work has appeared in Time, Smithsonian, the New York Times Book Review, the Financial Times, Reader’s Digest, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

In China, he has represented the National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, training China’s UNESCO World Heritage Site managers in preservation practices.[1]

He lives in Beijing[2] and Beidahuang.[where?][3][not in citation given]

After a five year clearance delay, his book The Last Days of Old Beijing was published in mainland China.[4]



  • The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed. Walker & Company. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8027-1750-4. 


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