Frommer's China (Frommer's Complete Guides)
Candice Lee, Jen Lin-Liu, Beth Reiber, Tini Tran, Lee Wing-sze
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Frommer's China guides you to the highlights of this vast and varied land, and includes our authors' insider advice on the best experiences, from hiking through some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet to visiting traditional imperial sights.
- Our expert authors, longtime residents in and frequent travelers to China, share their candid opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
- Frommer's China takes you from the Great Wall, to the terracotta warriors of Xi'an; from hidden Buddhist caves along the Silk Road to mystical mountains in the East. Plus, you'll have everything you need to enjoy a cosmopolitan adventure in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
- Learn strategies for when to travel independently and when to travel with a tour group. Our extensive transportation information and author recommendations help get you off the beaten path.
Detailed maps have Chinese characters, pinyin spelling, and English; and supplemental chapters list translations of hotels, restaurants, and points of interest.
- Readers also get etiquette tips, exact prices and directions, logistical advice, and much more.
visited mainly by Japanese tour groups, might appeal primarily to military history buffs. The tiny house, chosen because it was the only major structure still standing after both sides bombed the town, contains the original table, which was an operating table before on which the agreement was signed. A small display room outside the house exhibits a handful of old Japanese posters and old photos of Lushun. Take bus no. 8 to the terminus on Shuishi Ying Lu, keep walking toward the end of the road,
p. 187. W Hulun Buir Grasslands (Inner Mongolia): Located just outside the remote border town of Manzhouli, the Hulun Buir’s grasslands are the most pristine in China. This expanse of gentle emerald hills, perfectly punctuated with small streams and rocky outcrops, is all the more attractive for how difficult it is to reach. See chapter 5. * Langmu Si (Gansu): This Tibetan monastic center is still largely unknown to Chinese tourists, and the tranquil mountain village is reminiscent of Lijiang
10,000km (6,200 miles) long by common estimates, but some guesses go as high as 50,000km (31,000 miles). Most sections of the Great Wall visible north of Beijing were reconstructed by the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) in an (ultimately vain) effort to defend against attack by Manchus and Mongols from the north. The four sections we recommend, which we present from easiest and more popular to less traversed and remote: Mutianyu, Juyongguan, Simatai, and Jiankou. Avoid Badaling, the most popular
CITS, at Donggang Lu 26, quotes imaginative prices for cars and guides. However, it does have some good English-speakers, so if you’re desperate, call them at & 0311/8581-5102. SHIJIAZHUANG Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs There’s a handy branch of the Bank of China on the north side of the Dongfang Dasha, Zhongshan Xi Lu 97, close to the railway station. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to noon and 2:30 to 5pm. Forex is available at counters 4 to 7. Another useful branch lies near a
atmospheric to miss. See p. 257. W Chen Lu (Shanxi): Numerous small factories turn out different styles of pottery, and their showrooms have starting prices so low you’ll volunteer to pay more. You can also buy original works in the houses of individual artisans. See p. 267. W Qipao: Tailors in Beijing and Shanghai will cut a custom-fit qipao, the tight-fitting traditional dress better known by its Cantonese name cheongsam, sometimes for hundreds of dollars less than in Hong Kong and the West.