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.