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The Rough Guide to China Paperback – Jul 18 2011

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  • Paperback: 1140 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 6th Revised edition edition (July 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848366604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848366602
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #424,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good enough attempt to cover a huge country in one volume April 8 2012
By Sasha - Published on
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If you read all the reviews, it seems like there isn't a single good travel guide to China, period. Every one of them is outdated the day it comes out; authors don't do a good enough job updating; authors don't get the real China, etc. etc.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kindle Format is Terrible Feb. 13 2013
By Restiva - Published on
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This wouldn't be a bad book in paperback, but the Kindle version is horrible. While the content seems okay (I've used it to travel around Beijing, Harbin, Guilin, and elsewhere), the formatting is shockingly bad. There aren't enough hyperlinks throughout the book which makes it almost unreadable.

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.
15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Maps are unreadable Nov. 11 2011
By Rohan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I ordered the Kindle version of this guide book. It was so bad I ended up returning it. I also have the hard copy which is quite good. I ordered the Kindle version because it would be easier to carry around in China. However, while the text is the same, the maps are completely unreadable. For me, the maps are a significant reason to carry a guide book. My review relates only to the Kindle version, and not the paperback.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Book Review Dec 28 2013
By traderjoe - Published on
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This was good value for the money and I highly recommend it for anyone going to China. We were there for 30 days and I found it very helpful.
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Four Stars Feb. 4 2015
By kim korinke - Published on
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Highly recommended

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