The vivid descriptions in Fodor's insightful Beijing &and Shanghai transported me back to the rich history of the Forbidden City, Great Wall and Ming Tombs, while whetting my taste buds for the regional cuisines of this giant country where I once lived. Like the streets of China's major cities, this guidebook is jam-packed, so the print can be on the small side. Don't miss the orange stars highlighting favorites and the helpful numbered maps. Although both cities are gearing up for major international events, with Beijing hosting the 2008 Olympics and Shanghai the 2010 World Expo, why wait until then to visit when you could be dazzled by Peking Opera and the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe right now? TIFFANY SPEAKS

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