Travel Guide Books China

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China. The name alone makes you want to get packing. It’s going places, so jump aboard, go along for the ride and see where it’s headed. (Lonely Planet The World: A Traveller’s Guide to the Planet)

Travelling to China? Here are our recommended travel guidebooks & maps to help you get the most of your adventure.

Best for backpackers and budget travellers to China

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Lonely Planet China

TLonely Planet China is your passport to the most relevant, up-to- date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Try dumplings in Beijing, visit the Great Wall or cruise down the Yangzi River; all with your trusted travel companion.


  • Colour 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

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Rough Guide to China

With stunning photography and all the best places to eat, sleep, party and shop, The Rough Guide to China has everything need to ensure you don't miss a thing in this fast-changing nation.


  • Detailed, full-colour maps help you find the best spot for Peking duck or navigate Beijing's backstreets.
  • Itineraries make planning easy
  • Contexts section gives in-depth background on China's history and culture, as well language tips, with handy words and phrases to ease your journey

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Best for travellers on a tour group

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Insight Guides China

Like the DK Eyewitness gudiebooks, this Insight Guides book is lighter on logistics than the likes of Lonely Planet and Rough Guide, but its a heavy-weight when it comes to background features and stunning photography.


  • Lively features by a local writer cover a whole range of subjects: traditional medicine, Chinese literature, Red Tourism, and of course, the country's many cuisines.
  • Stunning photography brings this intriguing country and its people to life.
  • Highlights of the country's top attractions, including sights such as the incomparable Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors, the dazzling city of Shanghai and the dreamlike landscapes of Guilin.

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