moon beijing & shanghai cover featuring the oriental pearl tower

Moon Beijing & Shanghai

Second Edition, March 2012
Pages: 328

Price: $17.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612380551

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612381282

Journalist Susie Gordon offers her insider’s perspective on Beijing and Shanghai, from experiencing the grandeur of the Forbidden City and slurping noodles at the open-air night market in Wangfujing to shopping in People’s Square and strolling through Old French Concession. Gordon also includes many unique travel strategies, including Essential Beijing, Whistle-Stop Shanghai, and City Contrasts—a 10-day itinerary for a tour of both cities. From Beijing’s well-preserved old hutong alleys to Shanghai’s ultra-modern Pudong district, Moon Beijing & Shanghai gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Beijing & Shanghai

Enjoy the very best of Beijing & Shanghai with these itineraries:
    • The Best of Beijing & Shanghai
    • For the Love of Food
    • The Business Traveler’s Weekend
    • Shop Around
    • Going Green: Eco-Friendly Fun
Discover the ins and outs of Beijing’s neighborhoods.

Recommendations for the top restaurants, nightlife, shops, sights, and hotels in:

    • Tian’anmen
    • Houhai
    • Qianmen
    • Chaoyang, the Central Business District, and Sanlitun
    • Capital Museum and the Temple of Great Charity
    • University District and the Summer Palace
    • Greater Beijing
Take a trip outside the city with these excursions:
    • The Great Wall
    • Badaling
    • Jinshanling and Simatai
Discover the ins and outs of Shanghai’s neighborhoods.

Recommendations for the top restaurants, nightlife, shops, sights, and hotels in:

    • The Bund
    • People’s Square
    • Jing’an
    • Old French Concession
    • Old City
    • Pudong
    • Greater Shanghai
Take a trip outside the city with these excursions:
    • Hangzhou
    • Zhujiajiao
    • Suzhou
    • Tongli
Resources include a Mandarin Phrasebook

Susie Gordon was born in Lancashire, England, and studied English at Oxford University before moving to London to work as a web content writer for an internet agency. She became interested in China at an early age, listening her grandfather’s stories about the time he spent there as a shipping merchant in the 1950s and ‘60s, but it wasn’t until 2008 that she saw the country for herself. After just one week there, she was already hooked: she was intrigued by Shanghai’s mix of the contemporary and the historic—from the neon and steel of the modern skyline to the tree-arched lanes of the Old French Concession—and she fell in love with the contrast between the austerity of Communist architecture and the romantic, painted eaves of the Forbidden City in Beijing.

After her vacation in China, Susie was so enamored of Shanghai that she decided to move there permanently. She has worked as a freelance journalist for a wide range of publications since then, including City Weekend magazine, Shanghai Business Review, That’s Shanghai, and She has also appeared as a token Westerner in several movies and soap operas.

Susie enjoys reading modern literary fiction, traveling in Asia, and learning foreign languages (her current goal is to master the notoriously difficult Shanghainese dialect). After having lived in Shanghai for three years, she is happy to be able to call it home.