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Beijing Walks -- A Review

The book, Beijing Walks Exploring the Heritage by Don Cohn discusses six walking tours in Beijing. Walking excursions include destinations in the Forbidden City, the former Legation Quarter, the Confucius Temple, Beihai Park, and the Temple of Heaven.

Historical Background
The book begins with a historical background of Peking. The history of the city is important because tourists are more likely interested in the historical features of the city rather than the modern city. Cohn discusses people who are of significance to Peking. Chinese dynasties, and a general overview of the area is included in the historical background section.

The walks in the book list the approximate duration of time, important so that visitors may make sure that they have suitable time for the journey. The starting points for the trips are described, including detailed information on exactly how to get to the destinations. The clues on how to navigate the areas inform tourists on whether taxies are available and which bus routes to take. Just as important as how to get to the destination, is information on how to leave. The author's insight tells readers where to take busses and taxis for the best price. The walks also list accompanying websites that people can use for more detailed information. In addition to taking readers to historic sites in Beijing, the guide takes readers to hotels and restaurants along the way. Cohn's relaxed tone, gives readers good natured advice, like the recommendations of a solid, dependable friend.

Beijing Walks Book Details
This 384-page book is small enough to accompany a tourist on walking trips. The guide has 15 detailed maps and 172 vibrant color photos making it suitable for a coffee table. Beijing Walks has quotes from other travel guides, or opinions from travelers, so readers can read other voices besides the author. These observations are written in italics so as not to confuse the readers.

About the Author
Don J. Cohn has lived in Beijing and has visited Beijing hundreds of times. The author has done extensive research on China, which has resulted in more than 50 books and other literature related to China. Cohn travels between China and New York.

Final Thoughts

This book will help readers save time by planning their own walking tours. Read the guides. Decide on the walking tour. Read the guide again, and take the guide on the trip to help provide insight and directions along the way. People who are not planning on visiting China, but are interested in Beijing, may be interested in reading this book for their own pleasure.

Book Title: Beijing Walks: Exploring the Heritage
Author: Don J. Cohn
ISBN: 978-962-217-762-B
Publisher: Odyssey Books and Guides, 2008

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