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Insider's Guide to Beijing 2007 Paperback – October 31, 2006
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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My only complaint is that it's way long on shopping (not my favorite activety) and a little short on cultural material, ie, museums, temples, historical sites, etc. As a consequence I found myself running out of places to visit after a couple of weeks, but for the short stay this wouldn't be a problem. All in all a better reference book for Beijing than any others I've seen.
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.
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.
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.