Peter Hessler’s book “Country Driving” gives an exciting and interesting read to gain an insight in the economic development of China. Country Driving has been arranged into three distinct sections. Each section presents a different aspect of the economic growth in China giving special emphasis on how automobile is bringing a change in China. The first section is the Wall as Hessler travels the Great Wall by car and shares his experiences about it laying special emphasis on education of the driver. The second part is the village and reveals the changes experienced by a family in a village because of the urbanisation of their village. The third part, the factory, is of main interest to the policy makers and planners as it covered the land development and urbanisation of factories
The second part highlights the changes in education system, employment opportunities and housing as a result of economic growth and development in China. The narration is the success story of Wei Ziqi and his family who live in Sancha, a village of Beijing. Hessler builds deep connections with the family and analyses the effects of economic growth on Wei’s family and their village. Wei Ziqi learns how to dress up, ventures his own business and evolves as a modern businessman. Hessler extends help to the family when there is a medical emergency. Despite the growth and accomplishments in his cap, Wei Ziqi and his family are unhappy.