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Good info on sights.
on September 16, 2012
Info in the guide is good.
Description of sights I found to be very helpful. It doesn't spill words, and mentions what one needs to know. The maps are great. The small maps per province help the reader to get oriented.
I found that some indexes, that come with the maps, have actually links to the item. For example, on the map is the Grand Theater hotel marked as '4'. Item '4' in the index says 'Grand Theater hotel' and that index line is clickable, taking the reader immediately to the entry in LP that give the information about the hotel. I think this should be a model for the whole guide and all pieces of information. From the item description there is a link back to the map.
They say it is 100% updated, but I found this not always the case. In some cities, not all the long-distance bus stations are mentioned (for example: Xiamen has 4 stations - 3 on the islands, 1 in Jimei). Just listing the names & addresses would help, even it cannot list all connections.
Second: they should list more bus routes as alternatives to the trains, since the trains can be quite crowded nowadays, and some people want to get a (private)bus to their destination. And what is even more: there are 'unofficial' hotels and bus companies, not the ones with the big signs. It would be great to give suggestions where to find them or how to recognize them, since they usually hang around the same area, waiting for customers, and can be great help in finding a ride to place where another bus or train does not go. Many locals take these services nowadays. And that is what we have travel guide for!
Table of contents is a farce. Should in IMHO list all the places, provinces in bigger print than cities. From the cities no link back to Table of Contents. Should have links from the sub headings (like 'getting there and away') and from the subheadings there should be a link to the start of the city-section. Also, since every city has an 'getting there and away' section, end up at the next city's sub-section without knowing it. This happens easily when after a large city there is a small city or a village with only a few pages of information. It easy to scroll past the big city's section into the smaller's city section without realizing it.
Because of the limited linking, only 3 starts.
With good linking, it would get 5 from me.