Cities represent civilisation and human achievement: they are bubbling microcosms of virtues and vices, vanguards of technology and creative pursuits, incubators of traditions and melting-pots of diversity. More than half the world's population now lives in cities, and for travellers they hold an-endless fascination. Here we present the 200 most vibrant, diverse, hypnotic and chaotic cities in the world, ranked in order as voted for by people who know - Lonely Planet's staff, authors, and readers. The list is as diverse as the people that created it. Of course, there are the usual suspects: Paris, London, New York - but also the unfamiliar, the exotic, and the tiny: Abuja (Nigeria), Nuuk (Greenland), Saint-Denis (Réunion) and Ulaanbataar (Mongolia). Every city has its own personality, in the form of its streets and buildings and in its human architecture. Taking our cue from the buzz on the street, we have captured the flavour of each city through the eyes of the typical citizen: hot conversation topics, urban myths, the best places to eat and drink and to seek out after dark. It's a tempting cocktail for the urban adventurer.
Get talking and bring home souvenirs that no one can match. Open the phrasebook and make this trip your own. Lonely Planet phrasebooks give you a comprehensive mix of practical and social words and phrases in more than 120 languages. Chat with the locals and discover their culture - a guaranteed way to enrich your travel experience.
Whether it's a first visit or the 20th, China is so big, so diverse and so fast-changing, it's always an adventure. The traveller is spoiled for choice: whether you're an urban traveller, hiker, cyclist, explorer, backpacker, irrepressible museumgoer or faddish foodie, China's diversity is second to none.Lonely Planet's China guide has every traveller covered. It includes a new First Time feature to help make travel smooth, while a new off-thebeaten-track feature will encourage further exploration of the country.There are features on Cruising the Yangzi and travelling China by train, all the practical information needed to make a trip smooth, and essays on history, arts and architecture to put it into context. - Annotated illustrations of the Bund and the Forbidden City - Special feature on the Great Wall, including inspirational images - Full coverage of Chinese cuisine
A book of 30 compelling postcards handpicked from Lonely Planet's best-selling pictorial One Planet. This book of postcards underscores the importance of connection by inspiring written communication between friends and fellow travelers.
The Bluelist phenomenon rolls on again with a second collection of the hippest and most amazing travel destinations and experiences for 2007. Bringing you the best of the best tantalizing content compiled from Lonely Planet staff, authors and travelers it's got the scoop, the real deal, the low-down on what's hot and what's gone tepid. Part One presents a selection of categories of top tens nominated and awarded by the LP community. Part two examines every country in the world and selects the top destinations in that region. All authority and brimming with in-your-face attitude, it's the definitive resource for all your travel needs in the year ahead.