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China has become an increasingly popular and accessible tourist destination, now ranked fifth most popular in the world, and Beijing is being transformed ahead of its hosting the 2008 Olympics. This new guide features prices and ratings for every hotel, restaurant and tourist attraction.
Paperback, 882 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Frommer's
(first published April 3rd 2006)
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Jun 14, 2007 Dagezi rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think lonely planet has it all covered.
Just want to register my utter shock and amazement that Frommers which I always associated with old bloated folks with matching luggage actually substantially out does the competition with this guide. Lodging information is lacking but, hey if this guide has Yushu, Kaiping and a section on covered bridges south of Wenzhou they're doing something right. One surmises that unlike the lp authors some of these folks must actually have flipped through the raft of chinese language travel guides (to "ol ...more
Jan 22, 2008 Jack rated it it was ok · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those not on a tight budget.
This book isn't as backpacker-friendly as the Lonely Planet book. It's good for maps and as a supplement, but when you're backpacking, you don't really want to carry around two several-hundred page travel tomes. I've also found some of the suggestions and reviews inaccurate. Stick with Lonely Planet China.