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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications Ltd; 8th edition edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174104877X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741048773
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deeply enamoured with Taoist martial arts, Damian first reached China in 1992 by way of a Chinese degree at London's School of Oriental Studies. Since graduation he has lived for several years in Shànghǎi, shacked up in a Běijīng sìhé'yuàn (courtyard house), reached the Tài Shān summit three times, grappled with the Cantonese dialect in Hong Kong, and experienced the best and worst of China's hotels while developing a formidable tolerance for long-distance bus journeys. Married with two children, Damian has been authoring Lonely Planet guidebooks (China, China's Southwest, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong) for over a decade and divides his time between in London and China.

Books Authored
* Lonely Planet China's Southwest Guide
* Lonely Planet Shanghai City Guide
* Lonely Planet China Guide
* Lonely Planet Beijing City Guide
* Shanghai Encounter
* National Geographic Traveler China


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Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other. --New York Times

Excellent preparation for a visit to Beijing… Highly recommended. --Amazon customer

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lou on 16 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I went to Beijing for a week in November 2010 and this book was a life saver. My boyfriend and myself are independent travellers who wanted to see all the sights but at our own pace and how the locals would not as part of an organised tour. The maps in this book really helped. All the places are in english with a chinese translation underneath which was extremely useful as virtually no-one outside your hotel will understand or speak english.I would highly recommend this book. The only negative is that some of the recommended restaurants are no longer there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 July 2011
Format: Paperback
This is one of the Lonely Planet `Best of' series: slim pocket-size soft-cover city guides typically containing around 100 pages. They are full-colour publications and print quality is good.

The inside front cover folds out to reveal a street map of `Greater Beijing' with place-names, districts and parks marked both in English and in Chinese characters. The inside of the back cover similarly folds out as a plan of the central area, with the Forbidden City dead centre.

The book divides into colour-coded sections:

* Introducing Beijing, its neighbourhoods and suggested visitor itineraries

* Highlights

* Sights and activities

* Trips and tours

* Shopping

* Eating

* Entertainment

* Sleeping

* About Beijing (history, environment, government, economy)

* Directory

* Index

Every page is illustrated with colour photography. Mini-articles are often inserted into the main text in coloured text-boxes - for example articles on China's one-child policy or the delicate art of cooking Beijing duck. The layout is user-friendly and the information generally accurate and useful.

One reservation would be that the guide's information about restaurants is not very useful for the budget traveller. You can find great food almost everywhere in Beijing in street-side noodle shops or in the shopping malls; you'll lose count of all the Beijing Duck-themed restaurants in the central area, and we never found a bad one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flora Lime on 16 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Excellent preparation for a visit to Beijing, and good to have with you there too. I found the inside cover map a bit unwieldy though. It gave good advice about what to see, where, and when, and even sometimes how. Highly recommended.
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By SPH on 5 Sept. 2012
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I found this book very useful for helping me get around Beijing. The maps were also very handy, especially the subway map. I was only using it for the major sites, shopping, markets, and restaurants, etc., and found it accurate for my needs. It was also just the right size to be able to carry around with you in your bag without being too cumbersome. I'd recommend this book if you're travelling to Beijing.
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Big fan of the Lonely Planet range and this didn't disappoint, found the Silk Market, Great Wall and a large number of excellent restaurants, beautiful parks, (and more shopping!) all from the book.

Don't leave home without one! Money well spent, do make sure you buy the most recent edition though as things had changed in Beijing between the editions!
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By lxbricks on 10 Mar. 2014
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I'm a huge Lonely Planet guides fan, and once again they did not disapoint me.

Last year i went to China, and i bought this guide to take with me and to help me prepare my trip.
It was very usefull, with great tips about restaurants, hotels, places to go, transportation tips, and much more.
Thanks again Lonely Planet for a great guide.
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