Yes this will be a little rant…any of you using Frommer’s Travelguides? I hope they are better than their online page.
Do not get me wrong, I love Travelguides, because they tell you about all the possible sights and things you can do in a city. And I love them because they are (usually) quite neutral. It’s up to you to decide whether a place is worth the trip.
They do not judge, well at least not too bad…and then I stumbled over this post about Haikou.
REALLY??? ” A feminist nightmare” and “the only day trip I recommend is the one back to the Airport”.
So let’s make this clear : Dear Frommer’s you are no Blog. Firstly this isn’t fair for the city and secondly I read Travelguides for Tips, lists of Sights and Transport, not for your negative opinion.
The hell, maybe add as a warning at the end that a place isn’t the safest or Taxi Drivers like to rip you off (remember we are in China, they do that kinda everywhere…).
If I would want to read an opinion about a place I would head over to a Blog, even if I doubt it would be the Authors Blog, as it seems like the writer maybe is a bit to sensitive to travel in China and deems the sights for Chinese People not worthy for foreigners (where the hell is the difference?).
Let’s get this straight I spent a couple of great days in Haikou,the capital of Hainan, yes the city is by far not the prettiest and most amazing place in China, but it was relatively clean, they are having a cute park, the Bishan Park to have a stroll and I also loved the old city.
I liked the fact that it was all a bit rundown(ok opinions can be different, but I am no Travelguide), the buildings are from the colonial times and you can find some pretty decent restaurants or you might stumble over the market as I did, where they sell everything. From fresh fish to any kind of meat…You want something special, how about buying yourself a snake?
In the evenings there is a huge street food market, check with the Hostel they can tell you what the prices should be. At the market you can try about everything and gosh who doesn’t love some oysters grilled with loads of garlic*yumm*.
Haikou is not something one has to see, but it’s a nice stop on the way to the major tourist sights on Hainan.
You can reach any place by train and bus within a couple of hours, so why not relax a day there if you have the time. It has not much to go out and party, for that you have to go to Sanya, for beaches I heard Wenchang is the best, but from Haikou you can easily make the day trips to the mountains or the Volcano Park.
It’s a city to live in, not to travel…just to get a feel about what normal life in China can look like.
Haikou definitly did not deserve the mean crap that was written about it!!!!
So what’s my point?
Haikou isn’t that bad, it’s allright for a day or two and Frommer’s should stick with being a Travelguide and give me information not a stupid opinion!
Gosh that pissed me off-.-
Did a Travelguide piss you off? Which ones are you using and why do you like them?