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What to Pack - China Travel Guidebooks

What to Pack for China? One of the important tool for your China tour will be a wonderful China travel guidebook. Here we would like to list 4 famous travel guidebook to know more about China.

Lonely Planet



Famous as a Bible of backpackers, Lonely Planet offers the latest local introductions including hotels, restaurants, sightseeing attractions, shopping streets, even the handicraft shops by frequently updated information which is contributed by every members of LP forums. Till 2012, Lonely Planet China Series has launched 8 sets including Yunnan, Guangxi, Hunan, Guizhou, Sichuan & Chongqing, Shaanxi, Qinghai, Gansu & Ningxia.

Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world. The company was owned by BBC Worldwide, which bought it in 2007 and sold it in 2013 to American billionaire Brad Kelley's NC2 Media for US$75 million (₤51.5 million).

Originally called Lonely Planet Publications, the company changed its name to Lonely Planet in July 2009 to reflect its broad travel industry offering and the emphasis on digital products. After Let's Go Travel Guides, it was one of the first series of travel books aimed at backpackers and other low-cost travellers. As of 2010, it publishes about 500 titles in 8 languages, as well as TV programmes, a magazine, mobile phone applications and websites.


Site: www.fodors.com

Chinese: Fodor黄金旅游指南

Fodor’s, another famous travel forum which summon every one to discuss their tour experience, also offers a professional guidebook for your reference. Fodor's is the world's largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information, and the first relatively professional producer of travel guidebooks. Fodor's Travel and Fodors.com are divisions of Random House, Inc.

Resources that you'll want to read as well as reference, Fodor’s guide books and website offer current and discerning shopping, dining, hotel, and culture recommendations, as well as compelling features and articles that convey the essence of each destination. 

In 1996, Fodor's launched a travel-related website fodors.com, which was nominated for a Webby Award in 2004. Today, Fodor's has published more than 440 guides (in 14 series) on over 300 destinations, and has more than 700 permanently placed researchers all over the world.


Site: www.frommers.com

Frommer's is a travel guidebook series founded by Arthur Frommer in 1957. Frommer's has expanded to include more than 350 guidebooks across 14 series, as well as other media including the website Frommers.com. In 2007, Frommer's celebrated its 50th anniversary of guidebook publishing. Since May 2007, Arthur Frommer has been actively blogging about travel on the Frommers.com website.

Since the 1957 publication of Arthur Frommer's revolutionary Europe on $5 a Day, the Frommer's collection of travel products has expanded to include over 300 guidebooks as well as this popular Frommers.com Web site, reaffirming Frommer's as the most trusted name in travel today.

Frommer's guidebooks are represented in the 2004 comedy EuroTrip when one of the main characters, Jamie, uses it to guide a group of teenagers around Europe. Jamie later gets a job with Frommer's at the end of EuroTrip. In the opening scene of 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Cameron Diaz enters a Mongolian beer shack holding a Frommer's guidebook. A copy can also be seen near the beginning of the 2008 film Jumper. A Frommer's guidebook can be seen in the movie Last Stop for Paul.

Eyewitness Travel Guide

Chinese: 目击者旅游指南

Eyewitness Books (or Eyewitness Guides) is a series of nonfiction books intended for children and young adults. They were first published in England by Dorling Kindersley in 1988. The series now has over one hundred titles on a variety of subjects, such as dinosaurs, Ancient Egypt, flags, chemistry, music, the solar system, film, and William Shakespeare. According to Dorling Kindersley, over 50 million copies have been sold in 36 languages.

The books are often noted for their numerous photographs and detailed illustrations, which are always set against a white background. Describing the series in Booklist, Michael Cart wrote, "What DK did—with almost revolutionary panache—was essentially to reinvent nonfiction books by breaking up the solid pages of gray type that had previously been their hallmark, reducing the text to bite-size, nonlinear nuggets that were then surrounded by pictures that did more than adorn—they also conveyed information. Usually full color, they were so crisply reproduced they "seemed to leap off the page."