I reviewed the first edition of Moon Beijing and Shanghai some years ago (back in 2009 in fact), The book is a very useful guide to these two bustling cities of China. Whether you have lived in these cities for a number of years or a first timer, you would have found the guide very handy in helping you explore places you probably never heard of or thought of.
The book has since undergone an update to keep up with the rapid changes in the two cities.
You can know more and make a purchase of the book at this link:
I leave you with some very useful tip below from the author of the book herself, Susan Gordon.
If you only have a very short weekend in Beijing, what would you do?
1. Start the day on Financial Street—a modern business thoroughfare that contains many company headquarters, banks and luxury hotels. Admire the shiny high-rises that form Beijing’s commercial heartland.
2. Take some well-earned time out with a massage at the Oriental Taipan.
3. For lunch with clients or co-workers, take them to the CourtYard for a high-end European meal overlooking the old Imperial city.
4. After lunch, stroll around the nearby Forbidden City—one of the historic city’s highlights—where emperors took care of business for several dynasties.
5. Stop off at the Beijing Centre for the Arts to check out the capital’s cultural scene.
6. For dinner, impress clients and guests with fine French cuisine at Maison Boulud—one of Beijing’s best restaurants.
7. Stop at Glen for a whisky nightcap before heading to your hotel to catch up on emails before calling it a night.
8. Start the morning in historic Ritan Park, where elderly city folk practice tai chi.
9. Join Beijing’s hip, young creative types and young businesspeople at the Trends Lounge bookshop and café.
10. Spend some time in the Central Business District admiring the unusual contemporary architecture of the New CCTV Tower designed by Rem Koolhas and Ole Scheeren.
11. Head to Sanlitun to stock up on gifts for family and co-workers back home at the designer shops and boutiques of Sanlitun Village.
12. For dinner, explore China’s culinary tradition with a hint of elegance at Fat Duck, the Renaissance Capital Hotel’s Beijing duck restaurant.
13. Round off dinner with a drink at Atmosphere—the city’s highest bar.
14. Enjoy a chilled-out Western-style breakfast at Grandma’s Kitchen.
15. Explore Beijing’s famous and infamous Tian’anmen Square, and marvel at the sheer scale of China’s largest public plaza.
16. Head to the Legation Quarter to see the various places from which Beijing has been ruled over the years, through Imperial times to the colonial era and into Communism.
17. Have lunch at Ristorante Sadler in the luxurious Chi’enmen 23 development.
18. Get to know the history and culture of the People’s Republic with a trip to the National Museum.
19. Treat clients to a final dinner at Domus for quality home-cooked European dishes inside a renovated historical building.
20. Have a cocktail at chic XIU lounge before heading back to the hotel or the airport.
Ta da. Thats twenty things for you.