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No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go. In this completely up-to-date guide our experts who live in China give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do -- from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from shopping to outdoor fun. Fodor's China shows you hundr No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go. In this completely up-to-date guide our experts who live in China give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do -- from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from shopping to outdoor fun. Fodor's China shows you hundreds of hotel and restaurant choices in all price ranges -- from budget-friendly B&Bs to luxury hotels, from casual eateries to the hottest new restaurants, complete with thorough reviews showing what makes each place special. The Smart Travel Tips A to Z section helps you take care of the nitty gritty with essential local contacts and great advice -- from how to take your mountain bike with you to what to do in an emergency. Your personal supply of Post-it? flags makes it easy to mark your favorite listings. Plus, web links, costs, and mix-and-match itineraries make planning a snap.


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No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go. In this completely up-to-date guide our experts who live in China give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do -- from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from shopping to outdoor fun. Fodor's China shows you hundr No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go. In this completely up-to-date guide our experts who live in China give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do -- from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from shopping to outdoor fun. Fodor's China shows you hundreds of hotel and restaurant choices in all price ranges -- from budget-friendly B&Bs to luxury hotels, from casual eateries to the hottest new restaurants, complete with thorough reviews showing what makes each place special. The Smart Travel Tips A to Z section helps you take care of the nitty gritty with essential local contacts and great advice -- from how to take your mountain bike with you to what to do in an emergency. Your personal supply of Post-it? flags makes it easy to mark your favorite listings. Plus, web links, costs, and mix-and-match itineraries make planning a snap.

31 review for Fodor's China, 2nd Edition: Expert Advice and Smart Choices: Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore On and Off the Beaten Path (Fodor's Gold Guides)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Saurabh

    What I learned from this book is to stick to Lonely Planet while travelling. This is just about the worst travel book I've ever read. For example, they gave glowing reviews to the Peking duck of a Shanghai restaurant. As it turned out, this restaurant was inside a hotel. Not even the receptionist knew its name (the address matched and they had Peking duck on the front of the menu, so we knew it was the one). Nobody was eating there. The seats were covered with cloth. I bet the writer just stayed What I learned from this book is to stick to Lonely Planet while travelling. This is just about the worst travel book I've ever read. For example, they gave glowing reviews to the Peking duck of a Shanghai restaurant. As it turned out, this restaurant was inside a hotel. Not even the receptionist knew its name (the address matched and they had Peking duck on the front of the menu, so we knew it was the one). Nobody was eating there. The seats were covered with cloth. I bet the writer just stayed in that hotel and thrashed out his review on a deadline after ordering room service. There has been no thought given to the layout. Trying to find even the most usual travellything (eg. visas, currency, emergency nos., useful phrases), which in the Lonely Planet books is a pleasure, here is a major PITA. Once we found info about the Shanghai maglev train, but later we just couldnt find it again. There was nothing in the index or Shanghai transportation or anywhere logical. Perhaps it was in the description of a train museum in rural Po-dunk or something ("... By the way, if you are ever in Shanghai, you should try the maglev train...").

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    My son visited China with a friend this past summer. And this volume, another in the Fodor’s series, accompanied him. Curious to get a better sense of China from a tourist perspective, I took a look at this volume upon his return. And I think I would find this, too, a nice resource were I ever to visit this country. If you are familiar with the Fodor's series, this is another fine entry. The book begins by providing some context on China. Then, a quick and dirty region-by-region look, from Beijin My son visited China with a friend this past summer. And this volume, another in the Fodor’s series, accompanied him. Curious to get a better sense of China from a tourist perspective, I took a look at this volume upon his return. And I think I would find this, too, a nice resource were I ever to visit this country. If you are familiar with the Fodor's series, this is another fine entry. The book begins by providing some context on China. Then, a quick and dirty region-by-region look, from Beijing to Shanghai to Eastern China to Hong Kong, and so on. Interspersed in these regional analyses are what are termed "closeups," laying out subjects such as Best Beijing tours, Extreme climbs on the Great Wall, Yunnan cuisine, Damming the Yangtze, the Silk Road, Forbidden City, and a Culinary tour of China. There are many maps as well. All in all, a useful resource if one were interested in a trip to China.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I didn't actually use this book to plan my trip to China. I hired a travel agency for that. But I did use this book to read up on the sights I would see, the customs, and the history. So it fit the bill for my purposes. However had I been using this book to find restaurants and hotels I would really only find higher end stuff. So if you're looking more for bargain travel you may want to look elsewhere. I didn't actually use this book to plan my trip to China. I hired a travel agency for that. But I did use this book to read up on the sights I would see, the customs, and the history. So it fit the bill for my purposes. However had I been using this book to find restaurants and hotels I would really only find higher end stuff. So if you're looking more for bargain travel you may want to look elsewhere.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    I felt like I needed a good travel guide for China more than for any of our other trips because the culture and how the people think is so different. This one more than did what I needed it to do. it took care of the almost impossible job of describing the history and culture of this huge, fascinating place.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

  6. 4 out of 5

    Travelers Bookcase

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Silver

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bill Fobert

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

  13. 4 out of 5

    Airboatdukes

  14. 5 out of 5

    Raymond Kolter

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl L. Trout

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Braun

  18. 5 out of 5

    BookDB

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aseel Shaheen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Monica

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lea

  24. 4 out of 5

    Miss P

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Hurley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ha

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robin Winsor

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ted Russell

  31. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Denzer

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