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The Rough Guide to Taiwan Paperback – 1 Apr 2011
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About the Author
Stephen Keeling has lived in East Asia for over a decade and is a contributor on The Rough Guide to Spain.Brice Minnigh lived in Hong Kong for ten years working as a journalist. He has written for ActionAsia magazine and has travelled all over the region. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Overall the book was pretty reliable and more extensive than the others. Mostly very useful and practical. What we didn't like in this book, however, is the way the Chinese characters are placed in text boxes rather than incorporated into the relevant places in text or maps. I guess that's a way to save editors trouble but it's not very helpful for readers. Also a negative point that's common to all Rough Guide books is that prices aren't quoted for accommodation, just infuriating price codes which means one always has to make cross-references to a key just to read a review.
As a Taiwanese person myself,
I like reading about my own country from a foreign perspective, and it is definitely a very well-informed guide to Taiwan.
However it is slightly wordy to read, as everything seems to be quite close to each other,
sometimes it might be difficult to quickly find you're looking for.
But it's the content that's more important!
Both were very good, but if I had to choose one, it would be the Rough Guide. I found it just as good for practical info, but it is much more detailed, covering activities like hiking, and in general exploring off the beaten track, in far greater detail.
It also has excellent, insightful and up to date background info on various interesting subjects, such as religious life and aboriginals.
Can't recommend it highly enough - and if you still need convincing, see the reviews on Amazon's US site, too!
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