Item description for Insight City Guide Beijing (Insight City Guides (Book & Restaruant Guide)) by Brian Bell...
This 258-page guidebook to Beijing presents the city's highlights in a comprehensive but portable format, with the following key features: the best of Beijing: overview of vital information for visitors, including money- and time-saving tips and the most family-oriented attractions; places: district-by-district guide, with top attractions highlighted and cross-referenced with detailed local maps; restaurant guide: a pull-out, pocket-size "Z" map, with review listings of recommended restaurants and bars; photo features: magazine-style full-colour features on some of the city's most famous sights, including museums and galleries; essay features: incisive essays on history, people and culture; travel tips: practical listings, covering accommodation, entertainment, transport and more; and a street atlas: colour maps of Beijing's main streets, with grid-referenced index.
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Studio: Insight Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.32" Width: 5.28" Height: 1.34" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date May 30, 2005
Publisher Insight Guides
ISBN 9814137502 ISBN13 9789814137508 UPC 027793137508
Reviews - What do customers think about Insight City Guide Beijing (Insight City Guides (Book & Restaruant Guide))?
An good alternative to Lonely Planet Sep 2, 2005
Normally, I strictly stick to Lonely Planet guidebooks when buying for my travels, but for my recent trip to Beijing, I made an impulse decision to buy this Insight Guide to accompany the LP City guide I had already purchased. I was pleasantly surprised at just how good the Insight guide was.
Illustrated in full colour throughout, the book gives the usual history of the capital of China, as well as sight details of all the major sights in Beijing and the surrounding vicinity, including of course the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall. However, I don't think the book lists quite as much activities and sights as the LP book, but for short term visitors I don't think this would be much of a problem. Usually when travelling I struggle to do even a quarter of the activities and sights that are listed in guidebooks. I note that the maps are quite good, a little better for detail than the maps found in the LP book.
In a neat touch, it also includes a seperate map of resturants in a little pocket on the inside back cover. Structurally, the book is very sound, with a good tough binding to cope with the usual rough treatment that travel accords guidebooks. It even has a piece of cardboard designed to fit around the pocket holding the resturant map on the inside back cover.
This guide is recommended as an alternative to the Lonely Planet book - it helps that this edition of the Insight guide is 6 months newer, and a little cheaper, than the equivalent LP edition for those you note such things. But guidebooks are out of date the moment they get printed, particularly for a city such as Beijing which is rapidly developing for the Olympics in 2008.
If you are planning to visit Beijing in the next few months, be aware that a lot of the major sights such as the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven are under restoration (for the Olympics), with scaffolding to be found in abundance. Some portions of the Forbidden City were closed off when I visited in July.