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Discover ChinaWalk the watchtowers at Badaling where President Nixon once said 'this is a great wall'Knock back a shot of Confucius baijiu firewater in ufu hometown of the sageFind out how a local farmer first uncovered the Army of Terracotta WarriorsPerfect your Monkey Offers Peach strike at Wudang Shan birthplace of taichiIn This Guide12 authors and 483 days of in country researchSpecial coverage of pristine Ming and ing dynasty villages for the first time in EnglishContent updated daily visit lonelyplanetcom for up to the minute reviews updates and traveler insights


10 thoughts on “China

  1. says:

    This 1056 page book the 15th edition of June 2017 is an interesting and readable guide to the People’s Republic of China This is a well designed and presented guide with useful maps and a fold out map of Beijing inside the back cover This is not a glossy guide with lots of colour pictures but it is a well designed and laid out guide with colour used sparingly It is intended to be a helpful guide to things to see and do and not just a list of things to see and doNote though that this volume is trying to cover a great deal of ground so unless you are using this to chose which region you want to visit a guide to the particular area you are actually going to if available might be useful to you


  2. says:

    A country as big as big and populous as China is hard to condense into one volume but as usual Lonely Planet does a fine job The sections on top sights and the various regions were fine as was the introduction to the culture and history of the place I ended up using the maps uite a bit too since Google Maps does not work there and I didn't know that you need to download some maps in advance The suggestions of where to eat and drink were uite good too especially in Beijing I'm glad I picked this up and did not just rely on websites for information


  3. says:

    Even in the age of instant internet there is a place for a good guide book More so in China where the great firewall prevents easy access to google etc This was a valuable useful travelling companion with good detailed information


  4. says:

    Oh dear This book does have an awful lot of bad reviews And unlike a fictional novel this is hardly subjective; if the facts are wrong or the information isn't there a guidebook fails in its most basic purposeAlthough it didn't fail for me Perhaps it's gone deeply downhill since my version purchased and used in 2003 Maybe upheaval caused by the Olympics has affected prices locations and uality none of which have been updated or explained in later editions Or it might well be subjective after all All I know is that the China Lonely Planet was nothing short of essential during my year in the Middle Kingdom and now with its copious annotations dogeared corners and whiff of multiple food spillages one of my favourite and most cherished posessionsI love the Lonely Planet I've used Rough Guide and found it too vague which is obviously the idea albeit not mine and other guides whose names now escape me it was so so long ago but I always return to this Guide to guide they vary wildly largely because the authors different for each country are extremely influential on the literary style and ratings are based on their opinions rather than facts But their general layout is always the same and once you've used one you know exactly how to refer to them allIn my experience LP gives you enough information to be going on with but never feels like it is telling you what you must or must not do Suggestions are open ended and unlike RG the authors don't write sneeringly when they mention upmarket joints or touristy locations They'll always give alternatives but splashing out or going for the easy option is neither derided nor encouraged It's your trip; it's up to youPrices are inevitably wrong but that's because hotels and restaurants rarely set them in stone in the first place; plus no doubt the Olympics will have hiked up everything in sight I use them as a general guide and never expect to pay exactly what they mention but I trust their opinions and the maps are always accurate Photos are beautiful background information fascinating practical advice invaluable The opening chapter descriptions of each province used to give me goosebumps when I was planning my trip and now they bring back searingly sharp memories of my experiences I would read it again now just for entertainmentChina is not a country to which I would advise the first time backpacker to venture It's tough it's alien it's brain achingly vast than you can possibly imagine but it's also incredibly rewarding fascinating and in my opinion having covered most of the country and used this wonderful heavy book whilst doing so absolutely worth itI'm about to visit Argentina and one of the first things I bought was a Lonely Planet Despite this imminent trip lasting a mere fortnight I can't imagine leaving home without my trusty reference guide Book to book writers change and opinions may vary but one thing you can't accuse them of is lack of heart The enthusiasm for travelling and their country of choice is palpable and infectious Never make the mistake of idly picking up a Lonely Planet in a Waterstones to kill time or you'll be perusing the British Airways website before you even realise what's happened That happened to me once I ended up in Fiji If I could write for LP I would As it is I'm going to settle for reading; as second best options go I've experienced an awful lot worse


  5. says:

    I never bought this thankfully only borrowed from friends Big heavy and loaded with inaccurate information and old phone numbers and addresses The descriptions of hotels are also annoying who cares what color walls something is? Tell me how to get there


  6. says:

    A detailed comprehensive guide to China This was very useful when planning my upcoming trip It was also educational which I enjoyed I recommend this to travellers


  7. says:

    It's a bit of a daunting task to try and cover a country so vast so varied and above all changing so fastin just one guidebook Don't expect this guidebook to explain everything and always be 100% correct Roads get built tunnels dug prices rise hotels and restaurants open and close etcetera If you find this hard to take maybe China isn't the place to go to for youWe've travelled in the big country several times used many different guidebooks but always returned to good old Lonely Planet as the main guide Yes sometimes we felt a bit disappointed by a place that was recommended and sometimes we were truly stunnend that a place we absolutely loved was not in the book But that's life and that's travellingIf you don't speak Chinese fluently and want to travel independently the Lonely Planet is essential packing Use wisely though


  8. says:

    I used this book so much during my 18 months in China It has led me to so many amazing adventures The blue boxes throughout discussing things that are must see orcworth a trip are golden Places like Binglang Valley and Daocheng Yading were actually life changing Buy this book and go have an adventure


  9. says:

    Could have better organisation


  10. says:

    3½ 4 stars