on 20 January 2015
For anyone interested in the history and archaeology of China, the Blue Guide is an essential. Admittedly it is now 15 years out of date, and thus the advice on hotels and restaurants is basically useless; but the history and archaeology has not changed that much.
The author, Francis Wood, is one of our foremost scholars on Chinese history. She has recently (2015) retired from being the head of the Chinese Department at the British Library and thus whereas the historical sections of the Rough Guides and the Lonely Planets are essentially cut-and-paste compilations, this is a work of original scholarship often with witty insights inserted.
For anyone interested in visiting the history of China, this is an essential. I do hope that the Blue Guides, under their new owner, will keep it in print, even if it may be difficult to get it updated: this is one of the classic Blue Guides.
on 13 April 2009
As always excellent information, sometimes too much. A summary of highlights, or even a star system of "must sees" would help. Additional maps showing walking tours would assist in organising your time in places.
Best used in conjunction with another guide, not just for transportation and accomodation, but to plan an outline, with the Blue Guide adding the meat to the skeleton. Book is well made and will survive several weeks on the road.