Lonely Planet Beijingby Damian Harper, David Eimer
Ever wonder what Peking duck tastes like on its home turf? Always wanted to climb the Great Wall? Or perhaps you'd like something a little more obscure. A ride around town in Madame Mao's old Red Flag stretch limousine, perhaps? Whatever tickles you, one thing's for sure: Beijing is one impressive city. This up-to-the-minute guidebook uncovers all the
Ever wonder what Peking duck tastes like on its home turf? Always wanted to climb the Great Wall? Or perhaps you'd like something a little more obscure. A ride around town in Madame Mao's old Red Flag stretch limousine, perhaps? Whatever tickles you, one thing's for sure: Beijing is one impressive city. This up-to-the-minute guidebook uncovers all the marvellous secrets - and makes sure you have a great time.
Pull-Out Sheet Map in Chinese and English
Beijing Resident Author - over 500 places visited and reviewed; dozens of new bars and restaurants added
Language Help - all places listed in Chinese and English for easy navigation
Ancient Beijing Explored in walking and cycling tours through the hutong
Olympics Coverage shows off the city's remarkable transformation
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Book contains a lot of useful information, but as is typical of the Lonely Planet books, devotes too much space detailing "crunchy granola" (i.e. vegan, vegetarian, etc) and western restaurants. Who would travel to the far side of the world to a country with perhaps the longest and most diverse culinary history and tradition on earth only to eat a hamburger, pizza, or other crappy western food? The rest of the book is fine, but the restaurant section needs work. Rely on the locals for the good places to eat.
Lonely Planet always writes the best travel guides to China. I never go to China without my lonely planet. I know my way around and all that, but Lonely Planet just makes everything easier and run more smoothly. It allows you to explore Beijing more independently and with greater confidence. I recommend this book over a tour guide any day!
I am in the process of planning my trip to Beijing and got this book. It breaks down the city by neighborhoods and activities (ex. food and entertainment) rather than by things that you must see. The main attractions were not highlighted and were thrown in within the different neighborhoods. To figure out where things were located took a lot more time than necessary.