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Lonely Planet Hong Kong & Macau (City Guide) Paperback – February 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: City Guide
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 13 Pap/Map edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741046653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741046656
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,623,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As opposed to other Lonely Planet guides, this one is shoddily researched and edited. Its central problem is that it's outdated by years, even though it's dated March 2010: its subway plan doesn't even show the East Rail Line, which has been there for years; the Alan Chan shop is listed as in the Peninsula Arcade, where it hasn't been in a good many years, and the guide doesn't list the Elements Mall, one of the most important newer malls in Kowloon. Because of constant mistakes like that, I wasted time and ended up in the wrong places several times during a visit to Hong Kong in November 2010.

The book is also simply not carefully edited. On p. 138, it has the sentence "They can also be hired from two bike kiosks" - but there's no earlier sentence that "they" or "also" refers to. You have to figure out from the term "bike kiosks" that its bicyle rentals they're talking about. This is the kind of stuff that a copy editor should catch. A minor problem, perhaps, but it reflects the incredible shoddiness of research that characterizes this guide as a whole. A big disappointment for me, since I've had better experiences with other guides in the series.
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I have visited both Hong Kong and Macau over the years and always turn back to this guide for a reliable reference, particularly for the maps and transport info, as their are many transport options here. There are some mistakes--some significant--as other reviewers have pointed out, but 99% of the content is useful and accurate, with insightful background information and great restaurant, sights, and outings recommendations.

All guidebooks are a snapshot in time--this book is no exception. Hong Kong and Macau are fast-paced and therefore always changing (part of the allure...), so the accommodation and eating sections are bound to change.

The pullout map has a few errors, but can generally be relied upon for getting around central HK when you want to leave the book in your hotel. Hopefully next edition's map will be better. A previous reviewer noted troubles finding the Peak Tram. The Admiralty map is downright incorrect--use the map of Central HK map instead. About the tourist bus: trust me, it's quicker and more enjoyable to walk.

The guide is particularly useful for information on accessing the long hiking trails around HK. I have used this info extensively.

About Macau: It's a small place and this has most of it, with great coverage of the restaurants and sites. There are too many good restaurants in Macau for all to be included...more to discover for yourself!

Overall, I highly recommend this book.
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I'm a fairly well seasoned traveller, especially around Asia. Lonely Planet has always been my first choice although I only tend to delve into them for 'help' reasons.
First time in HK, I was surprised to find that there was so much I could have missed unless I hadn't read this book from cover to cover on the long flight from USA. Without wishing to bore anyone with what I did each day, my advice is that Hong Kong is glorious, secretive and complicated at times. I definately maxed out with my sightseeing and ate possibly the most interesting food I've ever tried. The quality of writing is superior to other guides I have used and really explains the quirkiness of the city well. Didn't get to Macau, so I can't judge. However, to offer a free map, they could easily have pushed the boat out a little and provided more detail as I soon disposed of it after I realised its inaccuracies. That said, it really enhanced my trip to HK.
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I think the last review was very unfair towards the book, besides it's critique of the pull out map. I exclusively used the Lonely Planet Hong Kong City Guide on my recent trip to Hong Kong, and it was spot on every time I used it. From the time I used it to find free internet (the cafe it pointed me to was exactly where it promised and had free interent), to the step by step directions for getting to the famous Wishing Tree and 10,000 Buddah's Temple (two separate, hard-to-find locations), to the reviews and locations of restaurants I went to, to the places I slept, everything was 100% accurate. For some reason, who ever edited the pull out map did mess up a few times, many locations and streets on it are innacurate. But the maps inside the book are all accurate. Highly reccomended.
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I travel a lot and am a faithful purchaser of Lonely Planet guides. It was extremely helpful to get the eBook version of the HK & Macau travel guide and have it with me on my iPad, so I didn't have to lug around a physical book with me, as I was only bringing my iPad. There were some pros & cons to it, though. I'll leave this review short:

Pros:
Search capabilities
Highlighting
Other user highlighting which allows you a crowd-sourced way of seeing hot spots

Cons:
Horrible maps
Difficult to navigate through -- I found the paperback editions much easier to flip through with an index, even though the eBook edition had a search capability; I found myself kind of lost

I am new to the eBook thing, so take my review with a grain of salt, but overall I did like it, that's why I gave it 4 stars. I will continue to purchase the Lonely Planet eBook guides rather than the paperbacks, so I can get a better handle on how they function. It's much easier! I couldn't find any sections in this book for "off the beaten track" like what used to be in Lonely Planet, so I was a bit disappointed.
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