The Rough Guide to China Paperback – Jul 18 2011
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Then again, if you're going to travel in this vast country for a limited amount of time, which is the case with vast majority of these guides' readers, you won't notice any of these complaints. This guide will be offer enough information for you to digest, you won't feel much is left out (you won't know about it, but more importantly, you also wouldn't have time for more anyway.) And as is always the case with Rough guides, you'll find it well written, practical and very useful, containing a decent amount of cultural insight and far more text than pictures, which in my opinion is always a win.
I read every single page about the places I've visited on a short two-week trip to China, and I did not feel that this book really let me down.
Example. You want to travel around Guilin. First you need to find it on the contents page - is it in "The Yangzi Basin"? is it in "Fijian, Guangdong and Hainan Island - Part 1"? This is harder than it sounds if you are unfamiliar with Chinese geography. After finding the city, you're then stuck with the tedious task of turning pages past large sections detailing "Arrival", "Moving on from Guilin" and "Accommodation", before getting to the attractions section. There are no links for you to skip to these sections or back again, and the maps are mediocre at best. I bought the Lonely Planet city guide for Hong Kong and the overall difference in formatting is remarkable. Rough Guides were just lazy with this guide, and really don't deserve any money for it.