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  • Paperback: 1048 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 12th edition edition (May 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741795893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741795899
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Damian first arrived in Beijing in 1992 via a degree in Chinese from London's School of Oriental African Studies. Since then he has shacked up in a sìhéyuàn (courtyard house), worked as a Beijing Radio presenter, lived in Shànghai, wrestled with the Cantonese dialect in Hong Kong, chewed the fat with Shaolin monks and knocked back bags of beer in Qingdao. Married to an outstanding Shandong lass, Damian has been authoring for Lonely Planet for over 12 years, exploring China with a constant swarm of deadlines (Beijing, China, China's Southwest, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Lonely Planet's Best in Travel) in pursuit.

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By Bike Man on Sept. 12 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought Frommer's China to help us navigate China for 30 days this past summer. Much of the information was very useful, but there were a couple improvements that could be made.

In China you need to be able to have the Chinese name (and spelling) easily available. Additionally the maps were not easy to use.

Lonely planet had the Chinese names right where you needed them and we used these maps in most of the cities we visited. Lonely planet was easier to use, but is geared towards younger travelers. In addition, a couple of the restaurant recommendations were not as good or interesting as they were made to sound.

Between Frommer's China and the Lonely Planet we were well prepared for our adventures.
It would just be easier to carry one book next time! I will check out Let's Go _____ next time to see if it does the trick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By La Globe Trotter on Oct. 22 2009
Format: Paperback
This Lonely Planet is very complete and very detailed. It is more than 1000 pages. It does not contain a lot of pictures.

It will be in my back pack for my trip to China because even though it will make it heavier, this complete book will make my trip more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larios on Feb. 20 2010
Format: Paperback
The book is quite thick but very easy to read. It has provided me with some great information on where to travel and what to think about ahead of time. I appreciated the maps and colored photos.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zhôngguó Jane on June 1 2010
Format: Paperback
It is incumbent on me to advise all potential buyers of Lonely Planet China that there have been numerous reports from tourists and backpackers in China who have had their LP guidebooks confiscated by immigration officials at all international Chinese airports and border checkpoints. This has to do with several factors, namely that LP heavily politicizes their "guides" with pro-democracy and pro-Tibetan commentary. I personally am all for a free Tibet, but I would never openly say so in China because I don't feel like being deported. Maybe later. Also, LP stupidly did not include Taiwan on their "map" of China, which is pretty much the most offensive thing you can do to Communists. Sometimes I wonder what the editors at LP are thinking. They really are getting cocky. Not to mention that as opposed to the old LP guidebooks that were written by and for backpackers, they are now specifically catering to the middle classes and rarely list any true budget backpacker hostels and eateries. But mostly I just wanted to remind people that you might be throwing away your money by bringing this into China. I actually live and work in China and know what I am talking about.
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By Patrick on May 24 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Lonely Planet seems to ignore the existence of Internet and its wide availability anywhere including China, so it didn't change its format in the last 20 years:

this very thick book is filled up of information you can easily find on Internet and anyway would like to double check with Internet.

*Hotel:
You will have no difficulty to find more up to date information and wider selection of hotels on Internet, especially in the mid-range bracket (US$20 to $US$30/night). which virtually all offer complimentary wireless Internet making your day to day progression in the country pretty easy without this book.

*Food outlet
LonelyPlanet seems to consistently recommend western chain, like PizzaHut, KFC, Carrefour or other steakhouse, as some of the best address in town. Ah!

If you want get some cultural and historical background on the place you visit: LonelyPlanet is not for you.

Bus/train information is weak at best, often out of date:
would you like to know which city bus bring you from the suburban coach station to downtown and how much time it take: LonelyPlanet is not for you.
would you like to know how much should cost a taxi ride for the same journey (or more generally the rate/km...): LonelyPlanet is not for you.
...

I bought the Kindle edition and it is a disaster (the only advantage is that you don't have to carry the book).
+Pages are not numbered, making hard to go back and for. Chapters are too thick you can't access relevant information from the TOC
+ Map are in English only, so of little use in any environment where all is written in Chinese, and not understandable by the local population.
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