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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848366256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848366251
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The holiday-makers' favourite guidebook series (The Sunday Times Travel Magazine)


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I bought this travel guide just before I moved to Shanghai in June 2011. I'd previously found the Rough Guide to Korea invaluable while there plus this was more or less brand new at the time and I thought it would be the most up-to-date of the guides I looked at.

While I haven't used it for any of the accommodation suggestions, I have used it to visit most of the sightseeing suggestions and several of the restaurant and pub/club suggestions.
As with most travel guides to any country by the time it's published the price information is a little out of date but that's the biggest flaw I've found so far and I've used the book for over six months now.

The maps are by no means the most extensive out there but they have served me well when it comes to finding sightseeing destinations and restaurants and other venues I've wanted to visit.

The travel information given in the guide is useful for finding your way around the tourist destinations, the metro stops and buses listed are conveinent and still in use. Although if plans go ahead to open more lines this year it will end up a little out of date in some places.

Overall I would suggest this travel guide to any friend considering spending time in Shanghai.
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Hard to navigate, information out of date, despite being a "revided" edition.
The same applies to the 2013 edition of the Rough Guide Beijing guide, which actually hopes the new National Museum in Tiananmen Square would be completed in time for the Olympics....
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I visited Shanghai last year and purchased this guide as a top-up for a further visit in 2013. The guide is somewhat limited and seems to struggle to find even cheaper places in what is, by world standards, not an expensive city.
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Another must for visiting china
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't go to Shanghai without this!! 13 Oct. 2012
By Doktrmom - Published on Amazon.com
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It was fantastic! We were able to navigate with no Chinese using the subways, taxis and found a great tour! The amazing bar shown in book but not names was in the French Concession and we had a great dinner there! The zoo must have had some upgrades as we quite enjoyed it. It is a zoo though so maybe that was what the reviewer meant by negative comments on the condition of the zoo.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful 7 Dec. 2011
By jcphoto - Published on Amazon.com
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Good overall guide to Shanghai with many interesting points. It has lots of off-the-beaten-track places to see. The only disappointment is that the maps are pretty bad and sometimes the addresses of the businesses that you're looking for are incorrect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Book to Get 16 April 2012
By Riggs152 - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually use the Lonely Planet series, but have used Rough Guides as well. This particular Rough Guide to Shanghai was disappointing. While it had some good points and tips, there were too many instances where the information was just incorrect or very generic. Surprisingly, this is the only guide book that I've used where many of the prices listed for sites were actually lower than what the book said. Pleasant surprise, but it made me wonder if this book was written by a person who may or may not have visited Shanghai. In its list of the top 17 places to see, it listed the Yufo Temple (Jade Buddha Temple), which is understandable. However, it shows a picture of a very distinctive Buddha statue for a different temple, Jing'an. That's a big error to make for a guide book to make. It tells you that it takes around 13 hours to get there from the West Coast of the USA, and if you live on the East Coast to add 7 hours. While flight times vary (NYC to Shanghai was 13 1/2 hours), this is pretty far off. Also, I felt that too little print was given to explanation of the sites.
It gives good advice on safety and the typical scams. The main Shanghai Train Station is said to be dodgy at night, which seemed pretty tame by European standards. If you are there at night, experience the north plaza (sothern plaza is the main entrance). At night there are numerous groups of people dancing. One area was Chinese pop, one was Latin, one was traditional, and even a Bollywood group. Weird, wacky, and wonderful. Added to that were skaters, people walking dogs, and just hanging out.
If I had a redo, I would probably get the Lonely Planet, and given that you can get a free detailed map in the airport I would problay just get the Kindle version.
4.0 out of 5 stars CHINA 2 July 2013
By Roger Sweeting - Published on Amazon.com
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GOOD SOURCE OF INFO, AS WE WERE GOING TO BE IN SHANGHAI FOR SEVERAL DAYS.
WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE PLANNING TO GO THERE.
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful 18 Jun. 2014
By Caroline Currie - Published on Amazon.com
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this book was very helpful for my trip; i would purchase it again and would recommend it to a friend
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