A brand new edition featuring illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside over 250 inspiring full-colour photographs that will bring China's people, places and astonishing diversity to life, at the turn of a page. A brand new 'Best of' feature highlights the top attractions not to be missed and provides the editor's choice of exclusive and unique recommendations, including the best festivals, river cruises, temples, and routes to take you off the beaten track. An in-depth 'Places' section comprises 19 chapters covering the entire country from the Silk Road oases of Xinjiang to the tropical forests of southern Yunnan. All the principal sites along the way are conveniently cross-referenced by number to accompanying full-colour maps, to enable instant orientation and easy navigation at a glance. The information on each area is also accompanied by restaurant listings, including contact details and an indication of price range and local specialities. You will also find a fascinating chapter on history looking back to imperial China and the end of empire to modern times.
Intriguing features explore China's people, religion, cuisine, art, architecture, traditional medicine and more, to give you deeper understanding of the country's unique culture. A comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section provides essential practical information, covering transport, accommodation for all budgets, shopping, nightlife, outdoor pursuits, money, health, language and much more, along with useful contact telephone numbers to help you book activities in advance. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Best of China; The New Superpower; The Chinese; The Lnds of China. History: Imperial China; End of Empire to Modern Times; Decisive Dates. Features: The New China; Beliefs and Religion; Traditional Medicine; Chinese Literature; Arts and Crafts; Architecture; Cuisines of China. Places: Introduction; The North: Beijing; Outside Beijing; The Northeast; Inner Mongolia; Shanxi, Southern Hebei and Shandong; Xi'an, Shaanxi and Henan; The Centre: Shanghai; Nanjing, Jiangsu and the Grand Canal; Hangzhou and Zhejiang; Chang Jiang; (Yangzi) Region; The South: Hong Kong; Macau; Guangdong, Hainan Island and Fujian; The Southern Interior; The Southwest: Guangxi and Guizhou; Sichuan; Yunnan; The West: Tibet and Qinghai; The Silk Road. Insights: Mini Features: Inventions and Technology; Post-Imperial Leaders; The Animal Trade; Cinema in China; Hutong; Shaolin; A Brief History of Shanghai; The Great Dam of China; The Overseas Chinese; Photo Features: The Beijing Olympics; Chinese Festivals; Chinese Opera; A Guide to Chinese Temples; Building the Wall; The Terracotta Warriors; Ancient Treasures; China's Sacred Peaks; Chinese Wildlife; Minorities of the Southwest; The Silk Road. Travel Tips: Transportation; Accomodation; Shopping; Activities; A-Z: Practical Information; Language. Maps: China; Beijing; Forbidden City; Summer Palace; Outside Beijing; The Northeast; Lower Huang He; Qingdao; Xi'an and Outside Xi'an; Shanghai; Nanjing; Suzhou; Jiangsu and Zhejiang; Hangzhou; Central China; Chiang Jiang; Wuhan; Hong Kong; Central, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay; Kowloon; Macau; Guangzhou; The South; Xiamen; Guilin; Guangxi and Guizhou; Sichuan; Chengdu; Kunming; Yunnan; Daliand and Around Dali; Lijiang and Around Lijiang; Tibet and Qinghai; Lhasa; Silk Road; Kashi (Kashgar); Inside front cover: China; End panel: Beijing and Shanghai Metro Systems; Inside back cover: China: Political.