Frommer's Beijing (Hungry Minds Inc,2004)

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"...A good starting point for those who have felt the lure of the ancient Chinese capital but are unsure how to set about getting there. Should be one of the first books people turn to." —Pittsburgh Tribune, 5/2000

You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go-they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

This is a detailed, user-friendly, and up-to-the-minute guide to Beijing, China's capital and its major gateway city. We'll take you to the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Great Wall, and show you how to plunge into the city's shopping scene and discover the best local restaurants. It can be difficult for Western visitors to communicate and find their way around in such a vast, fast-paced, and bewildering city, but we've made it easy for you to explore on your own, with detailed directions, accurate maps, practical logistical advice, and etiquette tips. We've also included a handy appendix of useful Chinese phrases, and establishment names are listed in both English and Chinese characters, making it easier for you to get around and find the places you're looking for. Our authors, experienced China travelers who've written about the country for years, offer valuable insights and paint a vivid picture of a city that's undergoing one of the most fascinating cultural and economic transformations in history.


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Series: Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 330)


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    From the Back Cover

    Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. At Frommer’s, we use 150 outspoken travel experts around the world to help you make the right choices. Frommer’s. Your guide to a world of travel experience.

    Choose the Only Guide That Gives You:

    • Walking tours of the most intriguing districts.
    • Outspoken opinions on what’s worth your time and what’s not.
    • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget.
    • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.
    • The best hotels and restaurants in every price range, with candid reviews.

    About the Author

    Graeme Smith spent 2 years pacing the corridors of Peking and Tsinghua universities in search of enlightenment. He was lured away from the comforts of academic life to contribute to Frommer’s China, 1st Edition, and then wrote most of what is a brand-new Frommer’s Beijing, 3rd Edition, from his base in a traditional courtyard house. This was bulldozed in mid-production, giving him first-hand experience of Beijing's rapid redevelopment. He sat out SARS, waiting for the city to reopen so this book could be completed, and has now taken up a research position at the Contemporary China Centre of the Australian National University.

    Josh Chin has just left Beijing after 2½ years spent as a freelance journalist and travel writer, and as copyeditor for the government-run China Daily, having earlier studied Mandarin at Peking University. He contributed the Beijing and Northeast chapters to Frommer’s China, 1st Edition. Time ot herwise ill-spent in bars, clubs, music venu e s, a nd c inemas , has led to a particularly well-researched After Dark chapter for Frommer’s Beijing, 3rd Edition, as well as appendix entries on film and music, and substantial contributions to the dining and accommodations chapters. He can be contacted through

    Peter Neville-Hadley, development editor of Frommer's China, 1st Edition, also supervised this book, wrote the practical chapters, half the appendix entries, the language section, and contributed to most of the other chapters. A former resident of Beijing, he’s the author of Cadogan Guides’ China: The Silk Routes and Beijing, and has written on China for Time, The Sunday Times (U.K.), the National Post (Canada), and many others. He's now working on an account of travel around China’s treaty ports for publication in 2005. He moderates The Oriental-List, an Internet discussion list dealing with travel in China. (see


    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    9 of 10 people found the following review helpfulBy Anna Howard on October 16, 2004
    Format: Paperback
    I've just seen Ms Petersen's review below, and I really doubt she possesses a copy of this guide. There are map references for the sight listings, straight after the address for every sight. There are no characters for locations given in the back of the book, they are in the map keys, under the pinyin names. The map keys are next to the maps. The maps -last time I looked - are in the middle of the book, in Chapter 6.

    If someone would lend her a copy, perhaps she would discover this.

    I've lived in Beijing for far longer than 3 months, have shown my share of visitors around the town, and believe me, this is the best guide you'll find on the town. I'd never have found Chuandixia without it.
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    8 of 10 people found the following review helpfulBy TDPM on June 6, 2004
    Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
    I bought this book because it was the most recently published travel guide on Beijing at the time (Dec '03). I have been living in Beijing for 3 months and have been to several of the places the book recommends. The facts in it are usually accuate; some prices, restaurant names, and phone numbers have changed since the book was published.
    My main qualm with this book is the referencing... it is completely inconvenient. First of all, the Chinese characters of location names are listed in the back of the book, instead of with the desriptions (like most books). This makes is difficult to show people the characters of the place you are looking for if you're lost.
    Also, if you are looking at one of the book's maps, and want to find out more about a certain location, there is no page reference. You have to look the place up in the index and then flip to the description.
    Similarly, there are no map references in the sight-descriptions. (The book has several maps.) You have to guess which map the place would be on, based on the very basic directions given in the description. This can be a pain!!!
    Otherwise, the book proved useful. My friends that had the Lonely Planet guide said that is was much less acurate than my book. Also check out Let's Go when deciding which book to buy.



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