ZAGAT Beijing Dining, Hotels, Nightlife, Shopping, Sites & Attractions

This all new guide is perfect for those planning to attend the summer games, jet setters and business travelers alike. Based on the opinions of thousands of consumers, this guide covers restaurants, nightlife, hotels, shopping and attractions and includes Zagat Ratings & Reviews for over 300 of the best places to Eat, Drink, Stay & Play in Beijing. Also includes a foldout color map, neighborhood maps and reusable stick on bookmarks.

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  • Jason Kirkfield "The Pride and Sorrow of chil... says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Better than a sharp chopstick in the eye, January 19, 2010
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    Jason Kirkfield “The Pride and Sorrow of chil… (Purple Mountains Majesty) –
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    This review is from: Beijing Restaurants (Paperback)

    As it includes not only restaurants but also hotels, shopping, tourist attractions, and more, this has SOME value. It includes a 2-sided foldout map of both Beijing city streets as well as the subway, plus some translations of food words. But to the extent that it steers consumers toward high-priced destinations, you will no doubt spend more money using the Zagat Guide instead of say, the Rough Guide.

    The Rough Guide to Beijing 3 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)

    I lived in Beijing over fifteen years ago and no doubt many of the listings in this Zagat Guide (or any current guide, for that matter) are unrecognizable to me. That was back when only foreigners could walk into the Friendship Stores! I would imagine that much of this guide even is out of date, given its publication some months before the Olympics.

    Anyway this Zagat Guide is certainly light enough for travel. Then again it might be *too* thin to be very helpful (140 pages, many of which are lists and indices). In the Zagat tradition, there are no photos, just black text on thin pages. So why does this cost as much or more than other (glossier, more colorful, and ultimately more useful) guidebooks?

    As always, the Zagat penchant for cobbling together reviews from its contributors is either to your liking or not. The entry for Tiananmen Square (one semi-colon enhanced sentence) has seventeen quotes; Here’s just half the travesty:

    At the very “center of Beijing” lies this, the “largest square in the world”, where “crowds” come to be “overwhelmed” as they “reflect” on its “spectacular” and “sad” “historical” “significance”

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