China Paperback – Dec 2003
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From the Back Cover
Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. At Frommer's, we use 150 outspoken travel experts around the world to help you make the right choices. Frommer's. Your guide to a world of travel experience. 0 Choose the Only Guide That Gives You: Complete coverage of China's top attractions, plus introductions to unique places unknown to other guidebooks. Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not, written by former residents with comprehesive knowledge of the language and culture. The most accurate, comprehensive, and practical help for the independent traveler. Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget. The best hotels and restaurants in every price range, with candid reviews. Visit us online at Frommers. com
About the Author
Peter Neville-Hadley is the author of the Cadogan Guides' China: The Silk Routes and Beijing and also updated and edited guides on various Chinese destinations for Odyssey Guides. A Mandarin speaker and former resident of Beijing, he has written on China for Time, the Sunday Times (U.K), and numerous other magazines and newspapers in Asia and North America. He moderates The Oriental List, a 5-year-old Internet discussion list dealing with travel in China and neighboring areas.
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Top Customer Reviews
People hold different purposes along their trips, such as exploring the history of various places, entertaining, trekking or looking for challenge adventures. I used to be a fan of lonely planet 12 years ago. However, as I have got more experience of backpacking, I rated myself as a medium trekker. So obviously, LP-China is out of my choice. Rough Guide comes with more history introductions than Frommer's, but I like the way Frommer's grouping the information and they have more details about exploring the North-West China(e.g.Silk-Route) that I haven't seen any others have. If Frommer's published the Tibet that would have been great and I am expecting.
btw, the price of the book rocks.
And like every other guide book, the map for a town is in the middle of the text talking about that town. So what's hard to find? The hotels and places to see are right next to the map in most cases. And since the towns only have one map, what's to guess about which maps things are on?
I don't know about the Beijing and Shanghai guides, but of course there will be a lot of repeated information. The sights don't change, after all. The best place to eat is the same. Bus 47 still runs the same route. Of course lots of the information is the same. What do you expect?
But what I do agree on is that this books is waaaaay more accurate than any other I looked at. I'm no fan of the usual schmaltzy Frommer's style, but this book really tells it like it is. It has the most extensive, detailed and accurate practical information of any guide I've seen, including the do-it-yourself budget guides.
And while we're on the topic of Chinese, note that for every recommended restaurant there are recommended dishes, and the characters for them are given so you can just point to them to order. There's also a good long list of Chinese favourites you can buy anywhere.
And while the major destinations are covered, this guide also scores with some remote rural destinations I've not seen covered anywhere else, including LP. Even if you don't want to go there, it's fascinating to read about the real China away from the regular tourist routes.
You know, the first thing you want to check out when you buy a guide is the author biogs. Most of the writers on this guide speak Chinese and have lived in China. It really shows. All the LP and Rough guide readers were borrowing my copy all the time and making notes.
In China you need to be able to have the Chinese name (and spelling) easily available. Additionally the maps were not easy to use.
Lonely planet had the Chinese names right where you needed them and we used these maps in most of the cities we visited. Lonely planet was easier to use, but is geared towards younger travelers.
Between Frommer's China and the Lonely Planet we were well prepared for our adventures.
It would just be easier to carry one book next time! I will check out Let's Go _____ next time to see if it does the trick.
Most recent customer reviews
A good book for general tourist information. As an overseas Chinese myself, I'd be looking for something with more insight into the unbeaten paths and the hidden treasures. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tom
I usually buy lonely planet, but for China, it seems Frommer's is better for China. It has more detail and more accrue.Published on Nov. 28 2013 by Mama Cat