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Lonely Planet Shanghai 2nd Ed.: 2nd Edition Paperback – Mar 15 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 2nd Revised edition edition (March 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740593081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740593083
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,993,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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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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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It is refreshing to see a travel book that is as well integrated, considering the publisher is undergoing a transformation in their editorial dept to include costlier photos. The book's descriptions are diverse in central city, suburbs, provincial environs, as well as covering common aspects of China travel. Lots of practical advice and categorizing tourist expenses into budget, medium priced, & first class. This book has 22 pgs of photos and 9 maps with marked key lists. The photos go well beyond the media touristy stock photos to include children, people at work, everyday scenes, empty freeways, but no massive bicycle or bus traffic jams which I'm sure exists.
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.
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Seldom have I given a guide five stars, but this guide is brilliant. Without a doubt this is the definitive travel guide for Shanghai today. Lonely Planet and Bradley Mayhew did it right. The maps: excellent. Internet addresses and web sites listed, YES. Great introduction, check. The history and general information are very good. Even the box vignettes are filled with wonderful superfluous information (IE. Cheap thrills, great Jewish families, etc.). His entertainment section is one of the best I have seen. And, the accommodations, restaurants and 'what to see' are reliable, up to date and discriminating. 'Lonely Planet: Shanghai' is done right.
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
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By A Customer on April 23 2001
Format: Paperback
I just returned from a pleasure trip to Shanghai and this book lived in my bag the entire trip. It's extremely helpful both with general travel info on China and specific info on the highlights of Shanghai. I used it to focus the limited time I had there, it was invaluable in planning my itinerary each day. The walking tours are especially good, if you're going to Shanghai you must see the Yuyan Gardens and take the walk the book recommends through the Old Town section, you will never forget it. The other recommended highlights are also good, and fortunately it also includes some info about Suzhou and Hangzhou, which are easy day trips from Shanghai. My only quibble is that the maps aren't very good, they aren't detailed enough, you'll need more if you're a serious walker. I used an English map I picked up from my hotel.
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