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Walk Beijing: Walking Guide to Beijing (Suzy Guides) Paperback – February 25, 2008
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Walk-loving newcomers to Beijing will find a superb resource in this travel guide, geared toward exploring lesser-known parts of the city on foot. Sightseers will appreciate the book's clear directions, maps and first-timer tips. -- Kirkus Discoveries, 2008
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The first few pages have some basic travel information. Nothing outstanding, just general basics. There are then five "walks." These are interesting and it would be fun to take these walks, however I think one might find things of interest that this guide book leaves out. I still believe some of the points of interest on these walks would be fun to see, and the walk guide would be a good starting point for a day's outing.
One thing the book lacked was color. All of the photographs were black and white. I would have enjoyed seeing color photographs. I also thought there was too much blank space in the book. There were four pages for your "contact list." Most people have an address book or electronic device that stores contact information. I don't think people are going to copy twenty some contacts into this guide. There were also a lot of "notes" pages, "journal" pages, and "memories of Beijing" pages where you are supposed to take notes, journal your trip, and collect and save souvenirs to turn the guide into a type of trip scrap book. Some people might enjoy this part of the book, but personally I rather keep my journal entries in my journal and will save my trip memories in a different place.Read more ›
That said, I have some nits to pick with the book. (Note that Vine review copies are sometimes pre-release editions, but this book has a 2007 copyright and is targeted at visitors to the 2008 Olympics, so I'm pretty certain that this is the final release.) First, although three authors are listed, there was clearly no editor involved.Read more ›
The book is 10" long, 7" wide, and 1/4" thick. It is unwieldy to keep open especially if you try to use it as it tells you too - meaning to show taxi or pedicab drivers the "direction keys" on the pages inside the book. You will have to open the book and shove it into the driver's face and point to where he is supposed to read the tiny bit in Chinese symbols telling him where he is supposed to take you. Not a good idea in my opinion.
And for $16.99 I would expect at least a few colored pictures of some the sites promoted in this book. All photos are in black and white and not very large. It does mention a few important things about health and safety such as the air is bad and can cause respiratory problems, and it's not the most sanitary city on the planet either. You need to wash your hands frequently and never, ever, ever, EVER drink the tap water unless you are wanting to see how sick you can get. The book implies that you will get diarrhea to greater or lesser degree, but that's not true. If you are careful about what you eat and drink (read other guide books for more information about that) you should not get sick. I never got sick and I was there for approximately 2 months. And bringing your own toilet paper is crucial - even in some stores such as Walmart there is no toilet paper. They sell toilet paper but don't stock it in their bathrooms. Heck!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I find the book concise, well written and easy to understand. I think anyone thinking of going to Beijing should have this guide.Published on September 6, 2009 by Jose Olmedo
I'm used to Fodor and Frommer Guides. I've found them invaluable in my travels. They are petite, have sturdy pages, and contain clear color-rich visuals. Read morePublished on November 15, 2008 by Dr. E
This book does in a sense deliver on its promise as it includes some nice walks in Beijing. The only problem is that if you are not that famiilar with the city already you may not... Read morePublished on November 8, 2008 by Labarum
I'm strangely indifferent towards this book. On one hand, it's not bad with showing various walking tours of Beijing, but on the other, I can't get over how poorly designed this... Read morePublished on October 16, 2008 by Nick
There's just too much filler here to be a complete book. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's only 132 pages, and a lot of those have very little content. Read morePublished on October 16, 2008 by Princess Jenny
"Walk Beijing" is a slender book, with a breezy look at some sweet Beijing sites. "Lonely Planet", "Let's Go" and other commercial guides will point out many of the same places,... Read morePublished on October 6, 2008 by Samurai Girl
First of all, I've been to Beijing but not when the Olympic was happening.
One major setback of this book is that it's missing a color map of Beijing. Read more
I have not had a chance to use this book in Beijing; I am going there in the fall and I'll see if I can add to this review then.
This book is a large sized paperback. Read more