Item description for Beijing Walks: Exploring the Heritage (Odyssey Illustrated Guides) by Don J. Cohn...
Ever since Marco Polo published his wide-eyed report on Khanbaligh, or Cambaluc, the city of the Mongol khans, Pekingas Beijing has been known for most of the past 300 yearshas captured the Western imagination as few other ancient cities have. Beijing Walks presents six detailed walking tours of the most important historic quarters of the Chinese capitalthe Forbidden City, the former Legation Quarter, Beihai Park, the Temple of Heaven, the Confucius Temple, and the Summer Palace. All tours are placed in their imperial contexts and enlivened with drawings and photographs. Cohn offers vital information on everything from feng shui, Pekingese dogs, and Peking duck to Peking Opera and the emperors' private lives, evoking the sights, sounds, and smells of old Peking, its pleasures and its grandeur.
Imbued with the charm of life in imperial times First-hand experience from a China afficionado When to go, including the advantages of off-season travel Antiques and curios Chinese-English index Stylish maps for each walk 115 color photos and 17 maps
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2008
ISBN 962217762X ISBN13 9789622177628
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More About Don J. Cohn
Don Cohn lived in Beijing for five years and has visited the city over 200 times since 1979. As a China scholar, he has written, edited, or translated over 50 books, articles, and reviews on many aspects of Chinese culture. He now divides his time between New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
Reviews - What do customers think about Beijing Walks: Exploring the Heritage (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)?
Terrific resource Nov 10, 2008
In October 2008, we took this book with use to Beijing and I am so glad we did. It gives specific information on 6 very different areas of the city, including how to get to the starting point and to leave from the ending one. In addition to the specific sites involved in each walk, it often gives information on nearby attractions, and a section in the back describes places to eat nearby with candid reviews by the author. The best part is the actual material for each walk: about half of each section gives context, usually both historical and social, and the other half describes the walk itself and what you are seeing along the way. Given that Beijing is changing by the hour, it has valuable warnings about things that may have changed since the book was written (crucial information for one walk we did, even though this book is copyright 2008!). We ended up going to 4 of the 6 recommended areas, and following the book fairly closely for 3 of them. My only regret is we didn't use the book more for the 4th walk - I realized later we missed out on a lot!
If you enjoy spending a little extra time understanding what you are seeing, and if you are relatively unfamiliar with Beijing, then you will find this book very rewarding, particularly if you prefer to tour on your own without a guide. This book also has beautiful photos.