Bubble Witch Saga 3 Industrial Deals Little FIres Everywhere Shop new men's suiting nav_sap_hiltonhonors_launch Learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited Get 10% cashback on thousands of musical instruments with your Amazon.com Store Credit Card Starting at $39.99 Grocery Handmade Tote Bags Book a house cleaner for 2 or more hours on Amazon Fall TV Binge-worthy season premieres are here Fall TV Binge-worthy season premieres are here Fall TV Binge-worthy season premieres are here  Introducing Echo Show Introducing All-New Fire HD 10 with Alexa hands-free $149.99 Kindle Oasis, unlike any Kindle you've ever held Shop Now ToyHW17_gno

Customer Review

VINE VOICEon October 7, 2011
Format: Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I was excited about receiving this guide to China. I have an old guide (1984) Lonely Planet Guide and love it but it is of course very out of date and China has gone through tremendous changes. The 1984 book had 870 pages, loads of text, black and white pictures and a few colored pictures. This 2011 Discover China version has 420 pages and loads of color pictures. I love the color pictures and user friendly style of the guide. My main criticism is that I wanted more.

I have been to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Qufu and Jinan in the past. So I looked the coverage in those areas first. I thought the sightseeing spots like the Forbidden City were covered very well with maps and information that it is easy to spend a whole day there. There even some exciting places that I missed. I would have liked more hotels and restaurants listed. Shanghai, Suzhou and Qufu were handled the same, I couldn't find Jinan in the book.

My son works in Chengdu and my husband's roots in Qingdao so we want to include those cities in our next visit. I found the Sichuan Province, where the capital, Chengdu, is located in the section named, The Best of the Rest. I was disappointed to see that only the Giant Panda reserve, a Buddhist temple and the world tallest Buddha in Leshan were covered. Since Sichuan's food is famous for being fiery hot, I would have liked more coverage in the restaurant section. As far as Qingdao goes, I think I will be printing up articles from the internet for places to see.

I really think that the Lonely Planet would do better by dividing up China into several books. I don't want to take my 1984 book since it is so heavy but I may have to compromise by printing information from the Internet for two cities that are on my "must see list " this time. I do like that I can explore the surrounding towns for short trips. I love the Lonely Planet's traditional section, Survival Guide and the many maps. All in all, it is a helpful and fun book to peruse but I just wanted more.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse| Permalink
What's this?

What are product links?

In the text of your review, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com. To insert a product link, follow these steps:
1. Find the product you want to reference on Amazon.com
2. Copy the web address of the product
3. Click Insert product link
4. Paste the web address in the box
5. Click Select
6. Selecting the item displayed will insert text that looks like this: [[ASIN:014312854XHamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)]]
7. When your review is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like so:Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)

You are limited to 10 product links in your review, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.

Please write at least one word
You must purchase at least one item from Amazon to post a comment
A problem occurred while submitting your comment. Please try again later.

There was a problem loading comments right now. Please try again later.