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Insider's Guide to Beijing 2007 Paperback – October 31, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: True Run Media; 3rd edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977333418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977333417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,940,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Insider's Guide to Beijing is the definitive guide for anyone planning to stay in the city for a while. It includes information on schools, doctors (of both Western and Chinese medicine) and where to get the best Peking duck, where to buy Italian shoes for kids and how to buy a house in the city. The guide covers everything from transportation to adult education. The 2007 edition also has a section on the Olympics. And since it includes lots of information about daily life in China from a foreigner s perspective, it s also a good read for the armchair traveler. Available from bookstores in major Chinese cities or order now from www.immersionguides.com --Colors Magazine, Winter 2006/2007

From the Author

Unlike most Beijing guidebooks which are written by one or two authors, the Insider's Guide to Beijing is a collaborative endeavor, involving over 40 writers and photographers, all of them long-term Beijing residents. The idea, of course, was to ensure that each chapter was written from experience and spoke with authority. But the multiple author approach was also rooted in the conviction that the only way to accurately portray such a sprawling and fast-paced subject as Beijing was through multiple perspectives (i.e. the 'Cubist' approach). Born in four separate decades, the book's writers include native Beijingers and foreign residents; parents and singles; a World Bank consultant, an entrepreneur, two rock musicians, a dancer, a conceptual artist and several journalists. Each writer brought unique specialization and insight, ensuring nuance and pluralism. To be sure, overseeing a project of this size was not stress free, but working with so many thoughtful contributors who share my fascination with Beijing was a true privilege. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I lived in Beijing and found this guide book very helpful.
K. Abbott
I was traveling with a group and everyone wanted to borrow this book from me.
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The book is really accessible because of it's excellent indexing and layout.
Steve McIntosh

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Beijingren4 on December 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're just hitting Beijing for three-four days, stick with Frommer's, Lonely Planet et al. But if you're planning a longer trip, and most especially if you're a truly curious traveler interested in not only the what but also the WHY of a historical but living and fast-transforming city, the Insider's Guide to Beijing will be your trusted companion. It's a great guidebook while you're in the city but also makes fascinating pre- and post-trip reading, with great nuggets of info on how the taxi cab license plate system works, interviews with local people like chefs at famous restaurants, and humourous but also useful info on topics like "breathing in Beijing" and how to get from place to place using the fastest mode of transportation.

The fact that the Insider's Guide is really written by insiders - long-time expat residents who clearly know and love the city but also understand all its quirks, means you also get the benefit of informed reviews of everything from bars to shopping areas that go far beyond a thumbs-up/thumbs-down rating to really give you a sense of whether YOU as an individual would enjoy it. Since the writers are long-timers, you get a sense throughout the book of the fast changes Beijing is going through as well.

Other than the fact that it could use a few more maps (easily available at your hotel or a shop, however) it's a terrific, jam-packed, informative and easy to use guide to one of the world's great cities.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Abbott on July 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wonderful guide book especially made for the expatriate in mind. I lived in Beijing and found this guide book very helpful. Actually calling it a 'guide book' kind of cheapens it -- this is the type of book needed in more cities around the world for those that live in a particular place and for those that wish to experience life 'like a local'

I would have liked more maps, yet thinking about the quick growth and change of the city, maps change just as much as the city does, so it is better to pick one up elsewhere.

This is a good book at a "no joke" price, although (of course) it is cheaper in Beijing. Yet don't take a chance and wait for Beijing - this is a must buy and a big regret if you don't get it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claire on December 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have lived in Beijing on and off for four years now, and this is by far the best, most updated, most useful guide for people who want to get beyond the big tourist attractions. These people KNOW Beijing -- from art/music/dance/theater, to what(and who)'s hot what's not, to family life and stuff for the kiddies.... This is the most up to date guide you can find on the shelves, and in a city that changes by the minute, you can't depend on Lonely Planet or other guides that come out once every couple of years! Whether you are a hipster or a stay-at-home mom, THIS guide has soemthing for you!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Goldman on July 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Great book, I agree with everyone else's raves. The book could be improved by providing MAPS! I ripped out my lonely planet beijing maps and paper clipping them to the back cover. This book was actually a good read, like when I was bored on the subway I'd find myself absorbed in random articles about starting a business in Beijing or reading reviews on the best kids' international schools. Unlike lonely planet beijing, which is geared almost solely towards sightseeing and eating, insiders guide has practical information and doesn't make everything about beijing seem perfect - the guide is realistic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By no hype wanted on January 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
The editorial content is excellent and very thorough, especially restaurants, which receive shallow treatment in other guides. I preordered the 2007 edition, and used it within 2 weeks of receiving it from Amazon. However, I found many stores/restaraunts/etc not as listed, because they had moved or gone out of business. Such is the reality of Beijing -- it is changing so frantically, that no guide can be reliable, even when newly published. So the frustration is there is wonderful information to use to plan a visit, but your plans will be thrawted by construction upheaval and property speculation.

I appreciate generally complete Chinese language addresses with places listed. I would recommend that information be organized more around neighborhoods, since Beijing is so spread out that finding something interesting may not necessarily be easy to get to. Also, I would concur that the maps could be improved. Finally, while this guide is is useful to the visitor, it is oriented to the expat living in Beijing. The proof is the heavy weight of the guide -- quite uncomfortable to carry around.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve McIntosh on December 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
My wife grew up in Beijing, but even she did not know many of the places and services listed in this guide. It is surprising how much of Beijing life this book covers and the reviews are truly from insiders. The book is really accessible because of it's excellent indexing and layout. It is the best Beijing book or city guide that I have seen, bar none.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Powell on March 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I hefted this voluminous tome all the way to Beijing and back, and it was worth every pound! In addition to being a facinating read, we used it for tracking down restaurants and out of the way sights, but mostly, MOSTLY for shopping! This book saved us a ton of money and time; the article on bargaining really brought home some great techniques on buying everything we needed/wanted. It made this traveler feel like a real Beijinger! (PS..if you can read some Chinese, buy the current Beijing Busroute atlas at any bookstore: you'll save a ton of money getting round and it also pinpoints exactly the locations of sights/stores/better known restaurants/Post Offices/banks/hotels and many of the things mentioned in the Insider's Beijing book and how to get there on public transport--it was the best 15 yuan/2$ I spent!)
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