1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Shultz Workman Books, $150 Peking Duck in Beijing? Check. The Great Wall? Check. The Hotel Intercontinental on Kowloon side? Not yet. Tea at the Peninsula? Hasn't everyone? But is the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhenjiang Province really the most famous beauty spot in all of China? This book operates on the truism that the world is a big place with lots to see - although as you flick through 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, it's clear that the average traveller can rest in peace having seen quite a few. Patricia Schultz topped the best-seller lists with this thousand-pager. There are no surprises for Hong Kong, and China receives relatively scant coverage, with all of Asia traversed in just 95 pages. Europe stretches across 342 pages. Africa curiously has 53 pages of must-see places, whereas the timeless Middle East gets a mere 19. For a single country, the US devours 183 pages, no surprise given the book's target audience, with neighbouring Canada 29. Critics have pointed out that Schultz's selections are somewhat random and subjective, but the book works as a way to relive journeys and imagine new ones.