Frommer's Beijing

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"...A good starting point for those who have felt the lure of the ancient Chinese capital but are unsure how to set about getting there. Should be one of the first books people turn to." —Pittsburgh Tribune, 5/2000

You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go-they've done the legwork for you, and they're ...

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Overview

"...A good starting point for those who have felt the lure of the ancient Chinese capital but are unsure how to set about getting there. Should be one of the first books people turn to." —Pittsburgh Tribune, 5/2000

You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go-they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

This is a detailed, user-friendly, and up-to-the-minute guide to Beijing, China's capital and its major gateway city. We'll take you to the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Great Wall, and show you how to plunge into the city's shopping scene and discover the best local restaurants. It can be difficult for Western visitors to communicate and find their way around in such a vast, fast-paced, and bewildering city, but we've made it easy for you to explore on your own, with detailed directions, accurate maps, practical logistical advice, and etiquette tips. We've also included a handy appendix of useful Chinese phrases, and establishment names are listed in both English and Chinese characters, making it easier for you to get around and find the places you're looking for. Our authors, experienced China travelers who've written about the country for years, offer valuable insights and paint a vivid picture of a city that's undergoing one of the most fascinating cultural and economic transformations in history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764538735
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/5/2003
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series , #330
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Graeme Smith spent 2 years pacing the corridors of Peking and Tsinghua universities in search of enlightenment. He was lured away from the comforts of academic life to contribute to Frommer’s China, 1st Edition, and then wrote most of what is a brand-new Frommer’s Beijing, 3rd Edition, from his base in a traditional courtyard house. This was bulldozed in mid-production, giving him first-hand experience of Beijing's rapid redevelopment. He sat out SARS, waiting for the city to reopen so this book could be completed, and has now taken up a research position at the Contemporary China Centre of the Australian National University.

Josh Chin has just left Beijing after 2½ years spent as a freelance journalist and travel writer, and as copyeditor for the government-run China Daily, having earlier studied Mandarin at Peking University. He contributed the Beijing and Northeast chapters to Frommer’s China, 1st Edition. Time ot herwise ill-spent in bars, clubs, music venu e s, a nd c inemas , has led to a particularly well-researched After Dark chapter for Frommer’s Beijing, 3rd Edition, as well as appendix entries on film and music, and substantial contributions to the dining and accommodations chapters. He can be contacted through www.chinfamous.com.

Peter Neville-Hadley, development editor of Frommer's China, 1st Edition, also supervised this book, wrote the practical chapters, half the appendix entries, the language section, and contributed to most of the other chapters. A former resident of Beijing, he’s the author of Cadogan Guides’ China: The Silk Routes and Beijing, and has written on China for Time, The Sunday Times (U.K.), the National Post (Canada), and many others. He's now working on an account of travel around China’s treaty ports for publication in 2005. He moderates The Oriental-List, an Internet discussion list dealing with travel in China. (see www.neville-hadley.com)

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Table of Contents

List of Maps.

What's New in Beijing (Peter Neville-Hadley, Josh Chin, and Graeme Smith).

1. The Best of Beijing (Peter Neville-Hadley, Josh Chin, and Graeme Smith).

2. Planning Your Trip to Beijing (Peter Neville-Hadley).

3. Getting to Know Beijing (Peter Neville-Hadley).

4. Where to Stay (Josh Chin, Graeme Smith, and Peter Neville-Hadley).

5. Where to Dine (Josh Chin).

6. Exploring Beijing (Graeme Smith).

7. Beijing Strolls (Graeme Smith).

8. Shopping (Graeme Smith).

9. Beijing After Dark (Josh Chin).

10. The Great Wall & Other Side Trips from Beijing (Graeme Smith).

Appendix A: Beijing in Depth (Peter Neville-Hadley and Josh Chin).

Appendix B: The Chinese Language (Peter Neville-Hadley).

Index.

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