Lonely Planet Shanghai 2nd Ed.: 2nd Edition Paperback – Mar 15 2004
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As usual the guide-book standard is set by Lonely Planet-- Outside --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
Shanghai is a constantly changing metropolis beginning to rival Beijing as Chinas cultural capital, and Lonely Planets new "Shanghai" will help you keep up with this ever-evolving city. From shopping and old-world architecture to microbreweries and hip hangouts, "Shanghai" even covers bicycling, ballet and bungee jumping! Known primarily as a city for business travelers, there is still much of interest to capture ones imagination the excitement and energy alone makes Shanghai a destination hot-spot. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
We both agreed the book is worth it's weight in gold. Traveling in China where hardly anyone speaks English or are able to read the western alphabet can be a tedious task. Getting this information on location might be feasible for Chinese speaking travelers, but practically impossible for forreigners. Read the book in total beforehand! Make notes! We had so much fun in China, and we owe much to this book. It should have included more on the Chinese language (pronouns, a short dictionary etc) and more extensive information on Hangzhou.
...and don't eat the ¥180 meal in the Oriental Pearl Tower. It's absolutely horrible and the service is below street-corner-eatery level.
- Peder -
About the first half of the book included general history and descriptions, getting there, and getting aclimated. Then the back half of the book has specific discussions on diverse topics from the usual hotel, eats, and entertainment, to shopping, expat & gay bars, and children's activities. There are many warnings that all things in Shanghai are expensive, more than the US. There are day excursions to famous Suzhou (Venice of the East) and Hangzhou (West Lake) which are very touristy with the natives. There is only one visit "off the beaten path" to Putuoshan, an island and overnight ferry about 150mi SE.
The book is well made to stand the rigors of travel, bound in signatures, so pages and maps won't drop out after the spine has flexed with rough use, or maps can be carefully razored out for separate pocket use. The 8-page language section has the essentials, including the word for toilet and toilet paper and the men and women characters on p57. I wonder if pronunciations can also be given in Shanghainese dialect as it appears to be Mandarin.Read more ›
This also would be a great guide for long term business persons, foreign students and expats living in Shanghai. Mayhew's has unearthed information that would take you a massive amount of time and energy to retrieve on your own. His list of clubs, organizations and charities are great. .
For those who will be in Shanghai more than a few days, his section 'Excursions' takes you outside of Shanghai and these areas are well worth the effort to see. He is a co-writer for 'Lonely Planet China' (see my review) and, even though some of the information is found there too, it is only cursory compared to this guide.
Bottom line: Shanghai is a marvel, a modern urban Lazarus. A study of a city's resurrection. Never has any city come back so new, so fast. There is not a better guide out today to introduce you to this resurgence than Bradley Mayhew's, Lonely Planet Shanghai. Highly recommended
Most recent customer reviews
Shanghai changes so rapidly; any guide that is written on this city will be half way out of date by the time it sees publication. Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by S*POP
This is a decent guidebook but I must confess that I like Lonely Planet and I'm very familiar with their format. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003
First, I should point out that most (~70%+) of LP¡¯s Shanghai guide is just reprint of what is in their larger China guide. No need to get both. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2003