I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
I have lived in China for 4 years now. I am well beyond what is presented here, but if you are planning a short trip this will give you the rudiments of the language. I endorse Living Language products and would recommend that you also download the PDF and follow along to further speed your progress. Both Living Language and Pimsleur products have made me conversant in Chinese. Now I am working hard at reading and writing.
I listened to this last summer and often practiced while I was walking through Yin Chuan and Xining,China.I even used it to work on my characters,since you can download the matching text at Livinglangauge. Many vital phrases are included that could get you on the bus or around town,purchase a meal or have some small talk with the numerous friendly people you will meet in this vast country.