The Rough Guide to Beijing

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Practical travel guide to Beijing featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Beijing. The Rough Guide to Beijing also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Beijing, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Beijing covers: The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, North of the centre, East of the centre, South of the centre, West of the centre, the Far North, around Beijing.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences selection for every kind of trip to Beijing, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in the Forbidden City to family activities in child-friendly places, like Temple of Heaven or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like the Great Wall at Simatai.


Essential pre-departure information including Beijing entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Beijing give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for exploring the ancient, twisting hutongs or picking out the tastiest Peking duck .


Rough Guides' rundown of 798 Art District, the Western Hills, Tianjin, Chengde's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Beijing, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Beijing, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Beijing, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning the Water Cube and the spectacular Houhai lake.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in the Central Business District, Dazhalan and many more locations in Beijing, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241273999
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 5/31/2017
Pages: 216
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.7 out of 5, 6 global ratings

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Reviewed on October 14, 2018
Paperback | Verified

Even after visiting Beijing 5 times, this handbook was very useful in finding places to eat and go.

Amazon Customer

Five Stars

Reviewed on March 04, 2018
Paperback | Verified

Great guide really helped us out.

Amazon Customer

My daughter is au pairing in Beijing for 3 months ...

Reviewed on July 23, 2017
Unknown format | Verified

My daughter is au pairing in Beijing for 3 months and we're going there for her last week. I bought this to plan our trip but she took it with her. She uses it a lot to the extent that her au pair friends tease her about 'I'll look in the book'. I've had to get another.

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