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on 9 March 2011
I've been living in Shanghai since Aug 10 and this is the only travel guide I bought, and have needed.

The 'Sights' section does contain all the major landmarks, and having visited the majority, would say the guide is generally accurate in its assessment. The guide is split into section by city area and I do agree with other views I've read that grouping everything (sights/eating/drinking/accomodation) together for each area is more conveneint for referring to maps. The maps themselves are accurate and with Chinese characters for roads etc which is useful for taxis and navigating by foot. The enclosed subway map is up to date and reasonably scaled compared to local leaflets. The 'excursions' section contains a good map of Hangzhou (1h by train) which was all I used there also, along with other relavent local information.

Overall an extremely worthwhile purchase for those staying for a longer period in Shanghai.
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on 31 May 2011
I had a great time in Shanghai and use this guide daily. Great for planning and spontaneous outings alike. I also personally benefited from reading the 'scams' section prior to travel as I would otherwise have possibly been caught out. Thanks!
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on 1 January 2013
This is a good guide to Shanghai, in my opinion. The introduction/background info-section is informative and enjoyable to read on the plane before arrival, and the rest of the book does the trick as a guide throughout your holiday in Shanghai. The split-up into areas is brilliant (and as expected), because it lets you isolate one area at a time and so forth. The info about where to shop and what to see is good, but the where to eat-section isn't as strong anymore - a common problem for printed guidebooks which also applies here, is that things change fast; maybe particularly fast in Shanghai! Some restaurants were simply gone ("Factory" used to lie in an area now under complete de-/reconstruction), some had changed its name (El Willy -> Elefante) and some had shut down seemingly for good when we visited Shanghai over christmas 2012. The tip here is therefore not to spend ages looking for particular restaurants found in the book, but to wander into the random ones along your path - there are plenty of culinary goodies around this city even if you don't follow a map.

The major downside to this book is mentioned earlier in reviews as well - the indexing system. Instead of grouping every piece of advice and information about a specific area together, things are grouped topic-wise, i.e. into Eating, Sleeping, Shopping etc. This means that if you are walking around the French Concession and would like something to eat, you don't find that under the pages containing maps and information about the French Concession - you need to turn to the Eating section, find the subsection for French Concession, then read about each restaurant, then turn back again to your map in the French Concession-part of the book to find the specified restaurant. A major hassle which made us eventually stop looking up things further back in the book, causing us to miss out on loads of interesting things.

In short - most things in this book are good, but the indexing system may drive you mad. Be warned! And happy holiday in Shanghai - it is an amazing city indeed.
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on 27 December 2012
The Kindle version of this is absolutely appalling. The text from the print version is all there, with lots of links to maps and tables - which are not supplied in the Kindle version!

Some of the links to text are not correct - so you are sent whizzing to some strange place in the book from which you cannot get back.

There are some nice web site links - which are handy if you are on-line.

I have since bought (at the same price), direct from the Lonely Planet web site, the PDF version - it has the same text, but also includes the missing maps and tables. Its a shame, as the Kindle version text is good, but meaningless due to the lack of maps and the poor links.

If you want a good guide on your Kindle or iPad, etc, buy the PDF version.

Really LP, with your reputation, you should check out your books before releasing them. This was appalling! Please sort it out - and a refund for the Kindle version would be nice as I had to buy the full version anyway.... Its unusable.
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on 14 March 2013
I found this guide totally useless. It is really difficult to find the information you are looking for. Formating is all over the place. Maps are hard to find, in most cases impossible to read often without a key or no way near the related text. The tables referred to in the text don't exist. All in all a complete waste of money.
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on 15 February 2013
Just what I needed to plan my trip to Shanghai. Very informative and will be beneficial. Well presented and easy to follow.
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on 23 May 2010
I moved with my family recently to Shanghai and thought this book might help us to settle in. But it is a bit boring & mainly black&white. Got much better books on Shanghai & China - can't recommend this one.
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