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Lonely Planet , Robert Kelly , Chung Wah Chow
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Book Description

14 Mar 2014 Travel Guide

#1 best-selling guide to Taiwan*

Lonely Planet Taiwan is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Walk into a Chinese painting at marble-walled Taroko Gorge, take a scenic climb up Snow Mountain, or soak in a spa at one of Taiwan's myriad hot springs, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Taiwan and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Taiwan Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, religion, art, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Over 60 maps
  • Coverage of Taipei, Beitou, Danshui, Northern Taiwan, Hsinchu, Taroko National Park, Taitung, Alishan National Scenic Area, Chiayi, Changhua, Lukang, Southern Taiwan,Tainan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan's Islands, and more

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Robert Kelly and Chung Wah Chow.

About Lonely Planet:Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

*Best-selling guide to Taiwan. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 9 edition (14 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742201350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742201351
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 29 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
this was disappointing as I have always used LP guides before for good, detailed info and history etc. I found this too brief and superficial and wonder if the paper copy is more comprehensive. I would not really. recommend this version
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2.0 out of 5 stars Japanese guidebook is better 14 April 2014
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For Japanese traveler, Japanese ones are much better as follows

- less Chinese characters – for those who understand Japanese well, it is not difficult to read Chinese one, however, this book has a few
- less places to eat
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What to Do and Where to Go in Taiwan 22 Jun 2014
By A. Silverstone - Published on Amazon.com
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As a fan of Lonely Planet guides, I always have a high expectation.  This newest edition for Taiwan does a reasonable job of meeting those expectations. However, there are a few areas it falls short. There is little discussion of the widespread availability of free WiFi (Taipei has some 10,000 hotspots). The listing of hotels and restaurants are rather sparse, given the enormous number of both.  Nevertheless, I found some real food gems off the beaten track that were listed.

Although not large, Taiwan is amazingly diverse from the crowded cities on the west coast to the central mountain range to the tropical south.  Lonely Planet describes the highlights and diverse activities in each region. I did not find any major tourist attraction missing that some reviewers complained about.   But it would be naive to rely on one guidebook to be the source of all information on a country you are visiting. I used LP as the first level, and then web searches to dig more deeply when necessary. That being said, Taiwan has loads of tourist information booths at many locations, which always had English maps. 

The introductory section covers the basics that you need to know in preparing to travel to Taiwan.  The lists of top highlights and suggested itineraries helps you select the top sights.   The book is then divided into geographic regions.  Without access to a car, the rural parts of Taiwan can be more challenging, but LP usually lists the train, subway or bus lines.  

I used the Kindle version. It was more convenient to move around to internal links. The maps were so-so for navigating around, but I had other apps for that.  The Kindle search function is pretty rudimentary, and requires exact spelling. This can be challenging for Taiwan, that has a bit of a free-for-all approach to transliteration of Chinese.

Browsing through the LP tails guide will give you loads of ideas of where to go and what to do.  However, it would be wise to complement with other sources of information. 
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and informative 15 Aug 2014
By Bubbha - Published on Amazon.com
I used this book on my recent trip to Taroko Gorge, and it proved a great source of valuable information. The book is well organized and informative, in a concise way. I also used it when temple-hopping in Taipei, and relished the informative descriptions of temple art.

Only so much information can be placed within a limited page count, but this edition does a capital job of giving you the highlights and suggesting noteworthy places to stay, eat and and visit among myriad options. The Taipei section is much improved over the last edition, with a number of things that had been mysteriously removed now restored.

Sure, as one reviewer said, the new MRT line is not included, but that's because the book was completed before that line opened. LP has a policy of not publishing future maps, hence the omission.

My only real complaints are 1) the Top 20 section at the beginning of the book in the previous edition has been reduced to Top 15. 2) The shopping section for Taipei should be more expansive. The great outdoor shops like TingSanIou and MetrOasis should be included.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Already something amiss 11 Jun 2014
By E. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the Mar 2014 edition to use for my upcoming one month trip to Taipei. There is already a mistake. The book's subway/metro route map is wrong or not updated. I compared it to the official Taipei metro website, which was updated Feb 2013. I can understand if the website was update Feb 2014, but Lonely Planet had ONE year to simply insert the newest map. Very disappointing. I hope there are no other mistakes. It is too late to buy another guide (we leave in one week), but I will use Rough Guide or Moon Guide for our next summer trip.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks important information 18 Jun 2014
By jimboy - Published on Amazon.com
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Transportation options to recommended sites are vague and unhelpful. Many of the recommended sites are unimpressive yet worded like they are the next great wonder of the world. Honestly, the free tourist info brochure obtained from tourist info centre was more helpful than this book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Researched, Poorly Edited 23 April 2014
By ralph - Published on Amazon.com
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Compared to the 3 year old Rough Guide Taiwan, I found it difficult to use and poorly organized. The descriptions are often so vague that I didn't get a good sense of the attractions. It was also missing many of the attractions and restaurants listed by Rough Guide or were highly recommended by TripAdvisor. I was so frustrated by the book that I left it in my hotel after my second day in Taiwan. My occasional references to LP after that time confirmed that it's just about useless. You're better off getting a map of Taiwan and marking it with Tripadvisor recommendations.
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