Larry and Qin Herzberg

Larry Herzberg and Qin Herzberg, a married couple, are professors of Chinese language and culture at Calvin College in Michigan. They travel to China every year, both with students and without, and have been featured travel experts on MSNBC and other outlets. Qin and Larry live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are also co-authors of Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar: A Student’s Guide to Correct Structures and Common Errors (Stone Bridge Press, 2011) and Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings: With Observations on Culture and Language (Stone Bridge Press, 2012).

Larry Herzberg did his PhD work in Chinese and founded the Chinese language programs at Albion College and Calvin College; he is also a professional violinist. In 2011 Larry was awarded the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, the highest honor that Calvin College bestows on a faculty member.

Qin Xue Herzberg, a graduate of Beijing Normal University, has taught Chinese for decades and has been an upper-level Chinese professor at Calvin College for more than ten years.


  • "Often-humorous advice on how to make the most out of a trip to China, including how to cross a street without getting killed and how to best exchange money."
    Grand Rapids Press
  • "As I was reading the second edition, I felt as if I was reliving my magical Asian adventure. The Herzbergs use wit, wisdom, and warmth in relaying essential China travel tips on etiquette, cultural history, and traveling frugally but in style."
    Sally Starrfield, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, Duke University Talent Identification Program
  • "Thank goodness for Larry and Qin Herzberg! Their book was invaluable in helping me anticipate some of the more foreign aspects of traveling in China, not to mention that the book is hilarious! Travel groups will benefit from their expertise on surviving in China with grace and humor."
    Susan Glassburn Larimer, China Travel Coordinator, Indiana University School of Social Work