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Author: sethmor

Joined: 2/26/2013
Posts: 4
GCT Trips Taken: 1
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

Many countries in Europe, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Australia, Israel, Jordon, Mexico, Bermuda, Grand Caymen, Jamaica

Traveler Since: 2013

March 15, 2013

I am taking the China & Yangtze River Cruise trip departing on 10.15.2013,  I will arrive in Beijing a couple of days before the tour.  I want to do some reading to get ready, any suggestions on both guide books and more general books?

Also, I will only carry one guidebook, for those who have been there, what would you recommend?



Author: oldbog

Joined: 2/6/2011
Posts: 60
GCT Trips Taken: 6
OAT Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 1999

March 15, 2013

 We found the Frommer's China guide helpful.  We read it fairly throughly before we left and then took with us just the pages ....maps, restaurants,sights...that seemed most pertinent.


Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,057
GCT Trips Taken: 11
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

March 15, 2013

If you go into the tour description under Land Tours and find the Travel Handbook, you can download and read it online.  Towards the back, there should be listings of useful reading material.

I second what Oldbog posted about not carrying an entire travel guide.  I always read them and then tear out the most useful pages. 

Author: hloisb

Joined: 10/30/2012
Posts: 10
GCT Trips Taken: 5
OAT Trips Taken: 3
Countries Visited:

Turkey's Magical Hideaways/Oct 2015, Safari Serengeti/Feb 2015, Adriatic Cruise/Dec 2014, Burma/Mar 2014, China/Yangtze River trip/May 2013, Rhine River/Xmas 2013, Danube River cruise/Nov 2012), been to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Macau, Malacca, Paris, Versailles, Giverny, Rome, Siena, Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice, Vancouver, Toronto, San Miguel de Allende, Mexican Riviera and many places in the US including Hawaii and Alaska.

Traveler Since: 2012

March 28, 2013

I'm taking this trip in May and have enjoyed reading "The Private Life of Chairman Mao" by his personal physician Dr. Li Zhisui. Fascinating!

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