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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. 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. 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 purpose.Although 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 quality, 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 posessions.I 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 all.In 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 you.Prices 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 entertainment.China 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 it.I 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. 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. 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 you.We 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 travelling.If you don t speak Chinese fluently and want to travel independently, the Lonely Planet is essential packing Use wisely, though Lonely Planet The world s leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet China is your passport to all the most relevant and up to date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you Get lost in the dynastic grandeur of Beijing s Forbidden City, hike along the Great Wall, or take in Shanghai s neon lights from the Bund all with your trusted travel companion Get to the heart of China and begin your journey nowInside Lonely Planet China Travel GuideColour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets eating, sleeping, sight seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, rewarding travel experience including customs, history, art, religion, cinema, calligraphy, architecture, martial arts, landscapes, cuisine, and Free, convenient pull out Beijing map included in print version Over 190 maps Covers Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Shanghai, Fujian, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Jilin, Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Tibet andThe Perfect Choice Lonely Planet China, our most comprehensive guide to China, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelledLooking for a guide focused on Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong Check out Lonely Planet s Beijing guide, Shanghai guide or Hong Kong guide for a comprehensive look at all these cities have to offer Discover China, a photo rich guide to the country s most popular attractions or Pocket Hong Kong, Pocket Beijing or Pocket Shanghai, handy sized guides focused on the can t miss sights for quick trips Authors Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Chung Wah Chow, Megan Eaves, David Eimer, Tienlon Ho, Robert Kelly, Shawn Low, Emily Matchar, Bradley Mayhew, Daniel McCrohan, Dai Min and Phillip Tang About Lonely Planet Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world s leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community Lonely Planet covers must see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand of the culture of the places in which they find themselves .DOWNLOAD PDF ⚖ China ♓ 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 Qufu, 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 Guide Authors And Days Of In Country ResearchSpecial Coverage Of Pristine Ming And Qing Dynasty Villages For The First Time In EnglishContent Updated Daily Visitlonelyplanetfor Up To The Minute Reviews, Updates And Traveler Insights Very comprehensive, but a heavy load to carry with you on a trip Wow 3 4 stars Could have better organisation.