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Product Details

  • Series: City Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 5 Fol Pap/ edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741792835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741792836
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I took this book with me on my recent trip to Shanghai, and I found it very helpful.
M. J. Williams
The maps have some Chinese names, but probably only for about 10% of the streets, and often not enough for cab drivers to figure out where to go.
Saarinen
Maps wonderful, chinese names for everything and very good restaurant recommendations.
William Meinholz

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Saarinen on June 2, 2006
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This guide is so close to being excellent but for some unknown reason Lonely Planet has decided that it is not necessary to list the names of sites, restaurants and the streets on maps in Chinese characters. This has been a complaint with all the previous editions, so I was hoping when pre-ordering this for a mid-May trip that they would remedy situation....but no, that would make too much sense. As reviewers of previous editions have pointed out 99% of cab drivers cannot read the "English" spellings of Chinese places. As a result, we found ourselves stuck having to have Chinese friends or hotel concierges go through and translates all the names in the book.....makes you wonder why you bought the guide in the first place. The maps have some Chinese names, but probably only for about 10% of the streets, and often not enough for cab drivers to figure out where to go. It boggles my mind that this guide could have so much good and insightful information yet leave out the basic of most basics. In the end we ended up having all the Chinese names written into the guidebook by hand (so we manually had to do what LP should have offered in the first place). Heck, maybe I should just Ebay our much more useful version of the guide. Aside from this major (and I mean major) fault the guide is very good. My only other complaints is that the text is microscopic (I am guessing 6 or 8pt), which helps make the book light, but also difficult to read. Also, the map keying system is just bizarre in that listings direct you to a map page but not the specific location where that listing is on the map....for that you have to go to a separate index page which then gives you the location on the map.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Williams on October 9, 2010
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I took this book with me on my recent trip to Shanghai, and I found it very helpful. It includes a large section on the history of the city and how it has evolved over time, which is something I really enjoy. It then goes on with a good variety of recommendations for every budget, separated by area. It was very helpful that each area section had its own mini map with the landmarks and recommendations highlighted. The foldout full color city map in the back was also helpful, and I was able to take that along on day trips when I didn't feel like lugging the book around. I didn't find the writing style derogatory or unappreciative of the culture as it is, it is simply a fact that the city does very little to preserve its historical aspects. The writing was objective and informative and gave me a good idea of what to expect while there. It also had a helpful section on the World's Fair, which was going on while I was there. All in all, a good reference book. I'll look to lonely planet again for future trips.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Haines on October 4, 2011
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We just spent three weeks in Shanghai, and 10 days last Spring. During both trips we used this guide extensively. It's in-depth and, most important of all, provides names and locations *in Chinese* for all attractions - this is key information if you're trying to take a cab or get help with finding a location. The maps of each area of the city are good in showing you an integrated view of attractions, shopping, restaurants, etc. all in one spot, vs. other travel guides we've used. These maps are passable; combined with the map you'll get at your hotel you'll be good to go. All in all, we found this to be the best guide to the city.

That said, there are a few weaknesses to the book. First, the "enclosed color map" is almost useless, showing only absolutely major street names. Just leave it at home and get the "official" map at your hotel when you arrive. More serious is the lack of cross-referencing at times. Some restaurant chains, such as Ding Tai Feng, are listed under only one part of the city. In that listing it will say "there are other restaurants in the chain in the following locations". Only if you've read the whole restaurant section and marked these locations will you know that they're there. For example, Indian Kitchen and Element Fresh have branches in the Pudong area, which you wouldn't know if you looked in this book's Pudong section - these chains are listed elsewhere. A simple "the following restaurants have locations in this area" addition in each dining area's section would make the book considerably more useful. The restaurant list is, of necessity, somewhat thin in places - the impression given is that the French Concession area is where most of the eateries are located. Some pleasant chains like Wagas are absent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ghanta on August 6, 2006
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I find this book quite good what comes to ideas for places to visit. There is something for everybody in there, and it covers most important spots you just have to see in Shanghai.

However, the big mistake is indeed that names and addresses for EACH place are not in Chinese/hanzi.

If you will use this book, my tip would be to pick out the places in the book before leaving for Shanghai and get their Chinese/hanzi version written down in a notebook or similar.

Also a map in both English and Chinese, or more accurately: in pinyin and hanzi, would be very useful for you.

Good luck with your trip and enjoy Shanghai.
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