China is changing at the speed of light - and now, in this cusp between centuries of tradition and almost time-lapse development, is the time to see it. Sip cocktails in the sleek bars of Shanghai, trek Tibet's holy Mt Kailash or explore water villages and ancient towns.Maximize your trip with this Lonely Planet China Travel Guide:Welcome to China: vast, ambitious, proud, and transforming like never before. Speed down alleyways on your Beijing bicycle, slurp steaming noodles in the shadow of a Shanghai skyscraper and wake up spellbound to the desertscapes of Xinjiang. Whether you seek the Terracotta Warriors of ancient Xi'an or a few moments with the pandas of Chengdu, this bestselling guidebook will take you through the heart of China. BE INSPIRED by the wonders of the Middle Kingdom – the best coverage available, from the Great Wall to the high passes of Tibet TALK THE TALK and find what you want with handy Chinese script throughout UNWIND your qi in the most chic hostels, guest-houses and hotels CONNECT with the real China – scintillating History and Culture chapters FIND IT YOURSELF – 230 easy-to-use maps
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