Frommer's China (Frommer's Complete Guides)
Candice Lee, Jen Lin-Liu, Beth Reiber, Tini Tran, Lee Wing-sze
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
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.
The Qianlong emperor could see no use for foreign goods and refused the British request for an envoy in Beijing, but the East India Company wasn’t about to give up and began importing Indian opium into China rather than silver. Before long a significant percentage of the Chinese population was hooked on the drug, demand rose, and the British had the trading leverage to get as much silk and tea as they wanted. This did not sit well with the Qing rulers, and they tried to ban the opium trade, but
wacky items like stacks of canned tuna fish and Mao memorabilia. Designed by Phillip Starck, this flagship of a popular chain of Sichuan restaurants serves decent, if overpriced, dishes. Avoid the fusion fare at all costs, and stick to the basics like the kung pao chicken. MODERATE Hatsune (Yinquan) JAPANESE Hatsune offers sushi sacrilege via Northern California, with a list of innovative rolls long and elaborate enough to drive serious raw fish traditionalists crazy. But if you’re not a
dishes like tripe soup and fermented soybean drink may not inspire Western appetites, but there are a few less exotic gems, like steamed dumplings and various rice flour pastries. Toy vendors and traditional comedic performances on a stage will keep the kids entertained. Xiaoyou Hutong 1. Jishuitan. 92 & 010/6402-5858. Meal for 2 ¥100. No credit cards. 10am–10pm. Metro: Untraditional Dining in a Traditional Neighborhood For an area brimming with historic buildings and Chinese culture, the
simple park admission costs ¥15. The east gate (dong men) is easily accessed by public transport; take the no. 39, 106, or 110 bus from just north of the Chongwen Men metro stop to Fahua Si. However, the best approach is from the south gate (nan men), the natural starting point for a walk that culminates in the magnificent Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. HIGHLIGHTS Circular Altar (Yuan Qiu) This three-tiered marble terrace is the first major Beijing & Hebei Exploring Beijing 4 structure
famous (or not-so-famous) paintings offered at prices several dozen times higher than their actual value. 115 BUYING pearls Most of the pearls on sale at Hongqiao Market are genuine, although of too low a quality to be sold in Western jewelry shops, but there are some fakes floating around. To test if the pearls you want to buy are real, try any one of the following: W Nick the surface with a sharp blade (the color should be uniform within and without) W Rub the pearl across your teeth (this