"Focus on Guide Books" Top 5 Page for this destination Beijing Packing List Tip by mke1963

Beijing What to Pack: 73 reviews and 53 photos

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cheap outdoor gear can be bought in many good shops (and on the markets) in Beijing.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Cold and cough medicine

Photo Equipment: Other than ASA100, 200 and 400 print film, you will need to go to a specialist shop (there are many in Beijing for 35mm slide and B&W film, and 220 films)

Miscellaneous: The Beijing and China Lonely Planet guides are not particularly good, except for background information.
The China Rough Guide is marginally better.
The Blue Guide to China is very good on mainstream temples, buildings, architecture and historical overviews.
"Beijing: New and Old" published in China by the new World Press is VERY good on the sites (although now dated), and has maps (Shock! Horror!).
There are no other useful English-language guidebooks published in China. (Trust me on this). Plenty of picture souvenir books, most of which have simply appalling colour reproduction and the photos are generally dreadful anyway.

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  • Written Jan 10, 2004
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