- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: DK Travel (January 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756625009
- ISBN-13: 978-0756625009
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beijing and Shanghai (Eyewitness Travel Guides) Paperback – January 15, 2007
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If you're a backpacker or independent tourist, this book will have limited value to you as there are only a handful of hotel and restaurant suggestions. The DK books are published much less frequently than other guidebooks, so I suppose extensive listings (like you find in annually updated guidebooks) would be obsolete a couple of years later.
This book does have a 2009 publication date and the Beijing subway map does include the new routes that were added for the 2008 Olympics.
I will site just coverage of the forbidden palace. It makes no mention at all for the treasure museum at the Forbidden Palace. This is by far the most rewarding part and has some magnificent imperial treasures, including some of the largest carved jade ever created. It also provides nearly no stories or narratives for any of the buildings, except mentioning their function.
I did not use their restaurant and hotel recommendations so can't comment, but it seemed overloaded with non-Chinese eateries. One positive are the guided walks provided. We did a modified version in Beijing and it was great.
This book is good for looking at some pictures and getting some ideas before your trip, but useless as a guidebook.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This travel guide is good to use while you are walking around the cities. It is the right size and weight, so you don't mind carrying it in a pack. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Marcus A. James
Beijing and Shanghai is a great travel guide, full of detail information.
It is a must have if you are thinking about traveling to China.
In depth information... Maps, places to see, lots of things to do, where to stay, where to eat. Very useful information!Published on June 3, 2012 by Bob
This was a nice book to view prior to my trip there.Getting to know about a country you will be visiting can make your experience a much better one. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Connie H
I used the book when I traveled to China in September 2011. I found it to informative and the compact. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Steve
I actually returned this book, because I had purchased the China book and it had a lot of similar material in it. Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by J. Mead
I bought this book days before leaving for my trip to Beijing and Shanghai. I read it on the plane and picked up so much. Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by M. Little