The Rough Guide to China

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Practical travel guide to China featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in China. The Rough Guide to China also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in China, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to China covers: Beijing and around, Hebei and Tianjin, Dongbei, The Yellow River, The Eastern Seaboard, Shanghai and around, The Yangzi Basin, Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan Island, Hong Kong and Macau, Guangxi and Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan and Chongqing, The Northwest, Tibet.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to China, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Changbaishan National Nature Reserve to family activities in child-friendly places, like Terracotta Army, Xi’an or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Jiayuguan Fort, Gansu.


Essential pre-departure information including China entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of China give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for mountain climbing or discovering Sichuanese teahouses.


Rough Guides' rundown of Hong Kong, Shangha, Yunnan, Beijing's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to China, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in China, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into China, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Meili Xue Shan and the spectacular Hanging Temple.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Chengdu, Pingyao and many more locations in China, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241274002
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 5/31/2017
Pages: 1008
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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3.6 out of 5, 5 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Not so rough guide to China :-)

Reviewed on September 17, 2018
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Visited Shanghai, Hangzhou, the Yellow Mountains and Nanjing. Served us great in each case.

Amazon Customer


Reviewed on August 17, 2018
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The poorest Rough Guide that I have used in 20 years. Even for very important tourist locations, information is extremely limited. Prices are way off and listings of little interest, quantity and quality. China has Wifi literally everywhere - do yourself a fav and research (not Google ;-) ) on the internet as you go. Even advertising from tour companies is more useful.

Amazon Customer

Five Stars

Reviewed on September 28, 2017
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