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An unbeatable, pocket-sized guide to Beijing, packed with insider tips and ideas, colour maps, top 10 lists, and a laminated pull-out map - all designed to help you see the very best of Beijing. Explore the iconic Forbidden City, take a rickshaw tour through the back lanes of Hou Hai, clamber the slopes of the Great Wall of China or wander the cutting-edge Art District.

From Top 10 markets and malls, to the Top 10 Beijing dishes - discover the best of Beijing with this easy-to-use travel guide. Inside Top 10 Beijing: - Nine easy-to-follow itineraries , perfect for a day trip, a weekend or a four-day trip - Top 10 lists showcase Beijing's best attractions, covering the Temple of Heaven, Bei Hai Park, the Ming Tombs, Tian'an Men Square, the Summer Palace, and many more - Free laminated pull-out map of Beijing, plus seven colour neighbourhood maps - In-depth neighbourhood guides explore Beijing's most interesting areas, with the best places for shopping, going out and sightseeing - Colour-coded chapters divided by area make it easy to find information quickly and plan your day - Essential travel tips including our expert choices of where to stay, eat, shop and sightsee, plus useful transport, visa and health information - Colour maps help you navigate with ease - Covers Tian'an Men Square and the Forbidden City, Eastern, Western and Greater Beijing and more Staying for longer and looking for a comprehensive guide to the region?

As already mentioned, Olympic Park, built for the Beijing Olympic Games, gives a brief description of key venues like National Stadium and the Water Cube, both of which have been drawing thousands of visitors each day. Abrahamsen also describes some of the nearby and less visited attractions like "the former Zhongyang Bank True Run Media.

From its stunning cover to the last page, this book has to be the most definitive of all guide books to Beijing.

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The wealth of information in text, photos and maps would be difficult to match in any other reference book for visitors to Beijing or residents. Once readers start searching for particular advice, they will find it easy to be sidetracked by many fascinating tidbits of information they weren't looking for. Chapters cover a wide range of topics suited to both the Beijing visitor and Beijing residents.

The 40 writers or more writers have covered topics like medical care, housing and education for the resident.

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Visitors will find chapters about sightseeing, food, transport and shopping among the myriad of quality, easy-to-read information. The writers aim to make Beijing a fun and adventurous city to visit or live in, with their advice on hundreds of bars, restaurants and shops. Halla Mohieddeen, one of the shopping writers asserts, "A fructiferous bargaining sesh can lift the spirits immeasurably", as she writes about the many shopping opportunities to be found in this truly great shopping mecca of the world.

Meanwhile Roy Kessey assures readers they can purchase items like "pots big enough to boil entire families" from the Hotel Equipment Corporation if they want to impress friends back home. With detailed address information in both English and Chinese characters, along with phone numbers and opening hours, readers only need to hail a taxi, to embark on a shopping, eating or drinking adventure. The Insider's Guide to Beijing, first published in December , is the sixth updated edition by Immersion Guides.

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Although the English-language guidebook is mostly written by expats, the content is still fairly comprehensive, and one imagines can only be made possible by the extensive local know-how acquired by the diverse collection of contributors. The book has left no square of the city unchecked with great recommendations and tips that are so wide-ranging, that it caters to even the most imaginative person living in Beijing.

If you want to join that curling club or want to play Gaelic rules football, have a hankering for the best Ethiopian food, or in need of adoption advice, this book has it all. Immersion Guides is published by True Run Media, which is also the publisher of the popular listings magazine, The Beijinger, Agenda and various other titles. So it is no wonder that the guidebook is able to amass such an accurate and up-to-date range of information on Beijing, and does such a superb job at discovering and documenting the best, that this city has to offer.

The writing is both insightful yet humorous and features over photographs.

This guidebook goes beyond a typical listings directory, where fascinating profiles, feature articles and anecdotal yarns are included throughout the page book. While some of the articles are not new and have been recycled from previous editions, they are nonetheless interesting to read and succeed in breaking up the text-heavy content. This edition includes pieces on the rise of Beijing Rock, how to select antiques and a peek into the local English-language literary scene.


The authors have updated the evolution of the Peking men, with it no longer starting at the notoriously cheap drinking hole, Nanjie bar, it has moved to The Den. Big changes have been made in the excursions section, as the city continues to grow and ride on the wave of the sweeping modernising changes from the Olympics. There is now a revised opening statement to the food section, and better categorisation has made the directory easier to navigate overall.

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Page in particular is really cleverly laid out. Needless to say, you will find that other books like Time Out, Lonely Planet, Wallpaper City Guides; are guides that are more geared towards travellers, but this book is also perfect for those laowais foreigners who are planning to stay in Beijing a little longer.

The Insider's Guide is packed with personality and far more superior, than anything on the book market, and is still the must-have book for anyone living in Beijing. If you love Beijing, and you're really in love with Beijing, this book is your karma sutra.

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To take in the whole of the Insider's Guide to Beijing, is almost as big a feat as taking in the whole of Beijing; and leafing through it before you visit the city will take you much, much further than meandering the streets without having done so. This is a work of love that reflects the author's profound intimacy with the Chinese capital and its people. The Insider's Guide's major strength is the number of levels at which it presents Beijing.

This is more than a book for the casual tourist; it is as much aimed at the expat. Above and beyond the hand-picked listings that cover every possible aspect of life in Beijing is the huge selection of articles, by different contributors.

They not only add color and depth to each section, but often stand alone as commentaries on areas of living in Beijing that, even if not of immediate, typically touristic interest, are eye-opening windows on how Beijing is made up and works. Articles range from an interview with the expat co-founder of the Beijing Cheese Society, a profile of Beijing's most high-profile real estate entrepreneur, Beijing's "bar in a bus," kinds of business in China, "tea snobbery," home help, and, besides much, much more, of course, the Olympics.

The obligatory listings cover all bases intelligently, concisely and fair-mindedly, and, perhaps most importantly, in an "inside" way, with no shortage of tips and apposite observations scattered throughout. At just over pages, in full color and color coded for ultra-easy reference, the Insider's Guide to Beijing is the tourist's and, even more so, the expat's, bible to Beijing. Show more From the manufacturer No information loaded.

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