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Lonely Planet , Daniel McCrohan , David Eimer
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19 April 2013 Travel Guide

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Beijing is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore a stretch of the Great Wall, immerse yourself in the history of the Forbidden City, or watch the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Beijing and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Beijing Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, opera, music, architecture, and politics
  • Free, convenient pull-out Beijing map (included in print version), plus over 33 colour neighbourhood maps
  • Useful features - including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar); With Kids, and Day Trips
  • Coverage of Forbidden City, Drum Tower, Dongcheng, Sanlitun, Chaoyang, Xicheng, Haidian, Dashilar, Beihai Park, Wudaokou, Xidan, Fengtai, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Beijing, our most comprehensive guide to Beijing, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for just the highlights of Beijing? Check out Lonely Planet's Pocket Beijing, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's China guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Discover China, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Daniel McCrohan, and David Eimer.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

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

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 9 edition (19 April 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1741798469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741798463
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Should have gone for the paper version 1 Jan 2014
By Nomes
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The information is very good, but I find it very difficult to get to using the Kindle version. You seem to have to go back to the beginning for most things. Of course I could just be missing something. Also, it doesn't have everything the paper version does by way of maps etc. My friend had the paper version and got to the information much quicker than I could!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hastily put together Kindle conversion 26 May 2014
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The book is good and well written, it was really helpful when I was in Beijing. However there there are numbers Kindle formatting issues. Some text is included as bitmap images and is just too small to read. Navigation is awkward and the book just feels like it was hastily put together just to get it out on Kindle, the issues are trivial and could have been easily avoided if the publisher cared. I expected much better from the Lonely Planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 21 April 2014
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Thoroughly useful book and would have been lost without it. Even more so than usual as there is very little English spoken in Beijing and so much to see.

The only downside that we found was in finding one of the restaurants near the Lama Temple (using LP Beijing and Google Maps), but as its a year since publication it may be that it has gone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful guide that could be even better 24 Sep 2013
By efsch - Published on Amazon.com
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LP Beijing 9th ed. published April 2013

I just returned from a week in Beijing (September 2013) and found this guide both enriching and frustrating. It is a good guide and I recommend buying it, but in some ways it could be better.

I have been using LP guides for decades. The first thing one notices about the newer guides is their format -- a mash-up of fonts, type sizes, colors, boxed text, and sidebars. As an example, take a look at the suggested itineraries in this guide (pp. 18-19).

Designed like a tablet computer screen, this guide has small tiles of information linked by page references. As a result, rather than a linear progression of information as in the old LP guides, each sight or topic is mentioned multiple times under various categories scattered throughout the book.

This can make finding information very frustrating, especially if one recalls reading about it but does not remember on what page. The item could have appeared under any of a number of categories or sidebars. Unfortunately the index often does not help -- there are multiple indices by category and the main index is very superficial.

Another frustration is that there often is no indication of how relatively rewarding a sight or venue is. Yes, the ten top tourist sights get more attention, but the secondary sights vary from gems to disappointments. I hate to suggest adding more icons to a book that is already full of them, but a better ranking of sights and venues would be helpful.

One thing this guide does very well is include the Chinese characters for most names and addresses. This makes it easy to ask directions or direct a cab driver by pointing to the Chinese characters. The problem is that these characters are often very small, and many people I approached had trouble reading them.

Another useful part of this guide is the inclusion of the nearest subway station with each sight and venue. It would be even more useful if the particular subway exit (exits are all labeled A through D based on the points of the compass) were included also, since this can save a great deal of time and frustration. This would be easy for the authors to do in the next edition, since the subway system publishes a glossy pamphlet with a schematic of each station.

Also, some sights can be a very long walk from the nearest subway, and inclusion of more bus route numbers would help. This guide has some city bus information, but this should be expanded and ideally included in the maps.

Maps have always been a strong point of LP guides, and the maps in this guide are very helpful. They are clustered toward the back of the book and are page referenced in the text, which makes it easy to locate most sights and venues. Unfortunately, the maps do not completely overlap, and some sights, like the excellent Capital Museum, appear on none of the maps.

Surprisingly, the book itself does not include a plan of the subway system, which is the most useful of all the maps. There is a subway plan in the tear-out map that comes with the guide, but this is easy to lose over time. The tear-out map is useful as a general reference, but a larger, more detailed version would be much more helpful at little additional cost to the publisher.

Those who use this guide should be aware of a misprint of the Dongchen South (site of Temple of Heaven Park) map. The corrected version is printable on the LP website. Also be aware that the National Art Museum extension of the subway shown on maps and in the text is not open yet (September 2013). Also, the Sackler Museum on the Peking U. campus is a very long walk from the subway and had many empty displays during my visit. Also, the museum pass is generally sold out as the year progresses. Do not make a detour to purchase one unless you have verified its availability first. Also, there is a special entrance for the Badaling Great Wall trains at the new north train station. Exit the subway to street level (follow the signs to the mall exit) and you will see the blue canopy over the entrance.

Finally, the new LP guides are no longer aimed at just budget travelers. Many of the venues described in this guide are relatively expensive, as is much of the shopping, for the independent LP-style traveler. For those on a budget, it may pay to rent an apartment near a subway station (I liked the New Oriental Suites near the Dongzhimen subway and airport train terminus) at half the price of a standard hotel. Supermarkets are modern, and one can make one's own meals and picnics that way. Picnics save time and are especially useful in avoiding poor quality, over-priced restaurants in or near tourist sights.

All in all, this LP guide will enrich your stay in Beijing, but you may need a better fold out map and you may want to research some of the sights and venues on the internet for location and current condition before choosing to visit them.

Enjoy your visit -- in spite of the pollution and the crowds, Beijing is a rewarding place to visit. The changes I have seen there over the last 30 years are amazing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beijing! 2 Jun 2014
By Riley Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I spent three months in Beijing and used this book to explore around the city. I love the fact that it tells you great places to go, and gives a short history of them. Wonderful sights to see include The New Summer Palace, Beihai Park, Lama Temple, The Forbidden City, and many many more including the Great Wall which is about an hours drive. This book will tell you some great expat places to see if you're in Sanlitun such as The Bookworm and restaurants.

If you're heading to Beijing, pick up this book which includes maps of the city and subway.
4.0 out of 5 stars Using for an upcoming trip! 10 Mar 2014
By MCK - Published on Amazon.com
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My brother and I are taking a trip to Beijing later this month and I wanted to have a book on hand as a guide, since we won't have any cell service and didn't want to worry about wireless hotspots. I like how this books divides the cities in different areas and walks you through each one. The maps are also good.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great! If you like to waste time while on vacation ... 25 Sep 2013
By drumona - Published on Amazon.com
FOUR stars for informative historical content with lovely photos.

Ultimately ONE star for a fair amount of misinformation and misguided directionals. I spent more time trying to find things in the book (the index is a HOT, misinformed mess!) than I did seeing the sights. Some subway stops were not even in service yet. I was extremely frustrated trying to use this guide. I would avoid if I were you!

Disappointing representation for Lonely Planet.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has everything you need.. 28 May 2013
By K Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Latest and the greatest. All info updated and used it a ton in Beijing. Gifted it to the tour guide we had..
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