I bought this in August before moving to China for a year in September. It's an absolute must-have! I've previously been a Rough Guide fan but Lonely Planet released this guide in May 2013 so it was the most up to date and I'm now a Lonely Planet convert. Also having read older China travel guides, make sure you only use the newest guides, especially for directions etc, the older ones will be out of date and wrong as I've found out! I read through this when looking for travelling ideas and also to read info on places I'm visiting. I mainly use the sights sections although I've found the directions and getting around advice to be accurate and incredibly helpful! The general info section at the back of the guide (with useful phrases in Mandarin, Cantonese, Tibetan... ) would be really helpful for someone that speaks no Chinese and the info on getting transport etc is also good. My only criticism is that as a Chongqing (province and city) resident, this section of the book is tiny! Chongqing is one of the fastest growing and biggest cities in China and there is hardly anything about it. The guide completely misses out Wulong County which is a really important (and beautiful!) Unesco World Heritage Site. But overall a fantastic guide on China which includes info on Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau.