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Lonely Planet Shanghai City Guide [Paperback]

Bradley Mayhew
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March 15 2004 Lonely Planet Shanghai
- detailed information on Shanghai's remarkable architecture- tips on how to have a complete shopping experience in China's premier marketplace- numerous lodging, dining and entertainment listings for a range of budgets- ideas for excursions beyond the city, including Suzhou and Hangzhou

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Shanghai is a constantly changing metropolis beginning to rival Beijing as China’s cultural capital, and Lonely Planet’s 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 one’s 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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is worth it's weight in gold! June 5 2004
A friend of mine and I visited Shanghai May-June 2004. Reading this book beforehand was incredibly useful. It does, however, seem to give the impression that the e.g hotels and nightclubs it enlists are the only ones at these price levels, but we found heaps more. Not unexpected in a city of 13 million people.
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 -
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Shanghai starter kit March 25 2004
Shanghai changes so rapidly; any guide that is written on this city will be half way out of date by the time it sees publication. Keeping this in mind, this is a swell guide book.
I used this book about a year and a half ago to negotiate my way around Shanghai for 7 weeks. It served in a pinch for most of the major landmarks in the city; additionally, it was an ok guide for the nightclubs and restaurants. (chances are, the club and restaurant info is getting a bit outdated by now...)
This book will give you a good jumping off point for exploring an amazing city. You may, however, wish to buy a detailed Shanghai map before you go.
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This is a decent guidebook but I must confess that I like Lonely Planet and I'm very familiar with their format. If you use this along with another guidebook and a really good map then you will be fine. Be warned that Shanghai is a very dynamic city and it is constantly changing. This edition is already out of date so Lonely Planet needs to release a new version ASAP. Overall, it gives you good background about Shanghai and I wouldn't go there without it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but so far out of date its not useful Aug. 18 2003
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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.
While the condensing, arrogant, and at time sophomoric attitude that characterizes LP¡¯s china guide in general is absent here it is unfortunate that this guide is so far out of date that it could just as well be about another city. Its high time for a new edition.
An example; the book talks about a development, ¡°xin tian di¡± that is worth keeping an eye out for some time in the next ten years. (Xin tian di was completed years ago).
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