Item description for Berlitz Pocket Guide China (Berlitz Pocket Guides) by Ken Bernstein...
The world's best-selling pocket guides have been fully revised and updated, featuring stunning new cover designs and freshly revised page layouts. This "Berlitz Pocket Guide" provides all the information you need to enjoy China. Clear colour-coded sections enable you to locate the information you need easily and full colour fold-out maps provide instant orientation wherever you are. The most popular attractions are highlighted and sport, shopping and entertainment are also detailed. "An Eating Out" section provides information on local specialities as well as useful Chinese vocabulary for ordering food and drinks. Accommodation for all budgets is recommended, along with other practical travel tips. Beautiful colour photographs accompany the text throughout, making this guide a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Pocket Guide China (Berlitz Pocket Guides)?
Outdated Aug 16, 2009
I recently took a trip to China. This book has good information but needs an update. Examples:
1. It says that the town of Yangshuo is "even prettier than Guilin, and without the full-on tour-group tourism of Guilin, attracts droves of independent travelers". (p 108). The place is mobbed with tourists and tour buses. Pretty place, though.
2. It says that the Big Wild Goose Pagoda "rises in the middle of farming country". (p 187) The pagoda is in the middle of a highly built-up area that probably has been built since the review was made.
Very good pocket sized guide book for China Aug 2, 2009
On a recent three-week tour of China, we made four domestic flights with a checked luggage weight limit of 20 kg. (44 lbs.) and an official carry-on limit of 5 kg. (11 lbs.) That meant I had to count every ounce that I packed. Most tour books were too large and heavy. This book was heavier than I expected because of the high quality paper used but was worth the weight because it covered almost all the things that the big books did but was much more compact. It has a few maps, a few common phrases, some basic background and history, a good overview of the most common tourist sights, and an excellent section on travel tips. It does not include Hong Kong.
Berlitz Guide to China Jan 25, 2009
We've bought Berlitz Guides before and have been thoroughly satisfied, but wondered how a pocket sized book could cover the vast expanse of China. But leave it to Berlitz- they've managed in a pocket-sized inexpensive book to cover highlights of history, geography, and essential tourist information of many of the locations tourists will visit. Our visit, including Beijing, Xian and Guilin, was covered well enough that we were able to communicate intelligently with the Chinese tourist agency planning our itinerary. Kudos to Berlitz Guide.