About the Authors

Peter Neville-Hadley (development editor) is the author of the Cadogan Guides' China: The Silk Routes and Beijing and has also updated and edited various China titles for Odyssey Guides. A Mandarin speaker and former resident of Beijing who has been to almost every corner of China, he has written on the country for Time, The Sunday Times (U.K.), the National Post (Canada), and numerous other magazines and newspapers in Asia and North America. He moderates The Oriental-List, an Internet discussion list dealing with travel in China, and can be reached at [email protected].

J. D. Brown has lived and worked in China and has written about China as a literary traveler, a travel writer, and a guidebook author. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Islands, and National Geographic Traveler. He is also the author of Frommer's Shanghai and Frommer's China: The 50 Most Memorable Trips. When he is not traveling in the Far East, he lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Josh Chin lived in Beijing for 2)2 years, during which time he worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer, and served as copy editor for the government-run China Daily. He first visited China in 1991, and studied Mandarin at Peking University in 1998. He has also lived in Utah, Maine, and Hong Kong. This is his first book for Frommer's. He would like to thank Susan and Yang Jingdong in Changchun, and Feng Hua, Corrie Dosh, and Katie Benner in Beijing for their various forms of help.

Sharon Owyang, born in Singapore and a graduate of Harvard University, divides her time between film and television projects in the U.S. and China, and freelance travel writing. She has written about Shanghai, China, Vietnam, and San Diego for Insight Guides, Compact Guides, the Los Angeles Times, and several websites. When she's not traveling, she pays her dues in Los Angeles, California.

Beth Reiber worked for several years in Germany as a freelance travel writer writing for major U.S. newspapers and in Tokyo as editor of the Far East Traveler. Now a freelance travel writer residing in Lawrence, Kansas, with her two sons, she's the author of several Frommer's guides including Frommer's Japan and Frommer's Tokyo, and is a contributor to

Frommer's Europe from $70 a Day and Frommer's USA.

For the past 15 years, Michelle Sans has studied, taught, and directed academic tours in China. She speaks and reads Mandarin and holds a master's degree in Chinese language and classical literature.

Graeme Smith has traveled through most of China's backwaters over the last 15 years. After almost selling his girlfriend to a truck driver for ¥20 ($2.50) he realized it was time to learn the language properly, and spent 2 years pacing the corridors of Peking and Tsinghua universities in search of enlightenment. He was lured away from the comforts of academic life and a substantial contract with the South Coogee Wanderers Football Club to join our team.

An Invitation to the Reader

In researching this book, we discovered many wonderful places—hotels, restaurants, shops, and more. We're sure you'll find others. Please tell us about them, so we can share the information with your fellow travelers in upcoming editions. If you were disappointed with a recommendation, we'd love to know that, too. Please write to:

Frommer's China, 1st Edition Wiley Publishing, Inc. • 111 River St. • Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774

An Additional Note

Please be advised that travel information is subject to change at any time—and this is especially true of prices. We therefore suggest that you write or call ahead for confirmation when making your travel plans. The authors, editors, and publisher cannot be held responsible for the experiences of readers while traveling. Your safety is important to us, however, so we encourage you to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Keep a close eye on cameras, purses, and wallets, all favorite targets of thieves and pickpockets.

Other Great Guides for Your Trip:

Frommer's China: The 50 Most Memorable Trips Suzy Gershman's Born to Shop Hong Kong, Shanghai & Beijing Frommer's Beijing Frommer's Shanghai Frommer's Hong Kong

Frommer's Star Ratings, Icons & Abbreviations

Every hotel, restaurant, and attraction listing in this guide has been ranked for quality, value, service, amenities, and special features using a star-rating system. In country, state, and regional guides, we also rate towns and regions to help you narrow down your choices and budget your time accordingly. Hotels and restaurants are rated on a scale of zero (recommended) to three stars (exceptional). Attractions, shopping, nightlife, towns, and regions are rated according to the following scale: zero stars (recommended), one star (highly recommended), two stars (very highly recommended), and three stars (must-see).

In addition to the star-rating system, we also use seven feature icons that point you to the great deals, in-the-know advice, and unique experiences that separate travelers from tourists. Throughout the book, look for:

Special finds—those places only insiders know about

Fun facts—details that make travelers more informed and their trips more fun

Best bets for kids and advice for the whole family

Special moments—those experiences that memories are made of

Places or experiences not worth your time or money

Insider tips—great ways to save time and money

Great values—where to get the best deals

The following abbreviations are used for credit cards:

AE American Express DISC Discover V Visa

DC Diners Club MC MasterCard

Now that you have the guidebook to a great trip, visit our website at for travel information on more than 3,000 destinations. With features updated regularly, we give you instant access to the most current trip-planning information available. At, you'll also find the best prices on airfares, accommodations, and car rentals—and you can even book travel online through our travel booking partners. At, you'll also find the following:

• Online updates to our most popular guidebooks

• Vacation sweepstakes and contest giveaways

Newsletter highlighting the hottest travel trends

• Online travel message boards with featured travel discussions

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