Friday, November 21, 2008

Review: Beijing & Shanghai by Eyewitness Travel

I purchased this book in preparation for our trip to China. The reason I limited it to these two cities is because, according to our itinerary, these would be the only cities we might have some free time.

I found the content very easy to read and very thorough. It provided me with a very good understanding of the two cities, with excellent maps and photos. The advice on shopping and bargaining was worth the price of the book alone.

I did feel, though, that the book had two strikes against it. The first is that the book is heavy and not one I'd want to carry around in my purse. (So I left it home.) The second problem, for me, were words written in italics. The typestyle used in the book made it difficult for me to distinguish between the letters 'b' and 'h'. Certainly not an issue when reading English but a big problem when I tried to learn some of the Chinese words listed in the back of the book. However, I have to add that for younger eyes, or eyes not needing new reading glasses (like I do), this probably won't be an issue.

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