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Recommended Travel Guides for China

Updated: October 14, 2013

Top-30 Travel Guides /* (Click to buy at

Frommer's: Beijing. 4th Ed. 2006 (Graeme Smith)

DK Publishing: Eyewitness Travel Guides: China. 2005 (DK)

Great photos. Somewhat outdated.

Insight Guides: Insight City Guide Beijing. 5th Ed. 2005 (Brian Bell)

Magazine style

Lonely Planet: Beijing. 6th Ed. 2005 (Damian Harper)

Solid. Outdated.

Lonely Planet: Tibet. 6th Ed. 2005 (Bradley Mayhew / Michael Kohn)

Excellent. Outdated.

Fodor's: Beijing & Shanghai. 1st Ed. 2005 (E. Morgen / D. Kaufman)

Portable format.

National Geographic Traveler: China. 2004 (Damian Harper)

Let's Go: Travel Guide China. 5th Ed. 2004 (Let's Go Inc.)

Needs updating

Lonely Planet: Shanghai. 2nd Ed. 2004 (Bradley Mayhew)

Very good. Outdated.

Frommer's: Shanghai. 2004 (Sharon Owyang)


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