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CHINA: THE SILK ROUTES Paperback – September, 1997
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The two biggest problems are that it is outdated and that the information and coverage is inadequate. If you use this guide alone for Beijing, as we foolishly did, you'll be missing out a lot. Even in Eastern Turkistan (Xinjiang) a tremendous number of historical sites were left out in Kashgar and Yerken. If you're just interested in trekking and adventure traveling and the history and culture isn't that important, then you can go ahead with this book and the Lonely Planet guide to Central Asia. However, if that's your attitude you're really missing out on a lot and it's not worth all that money to come to this distant corner of the Earth.
For East Turkistan, the small section in the Lonely Planet Central Asia guide was much more useful for purely practical information (such as hotels and restaurants) than the considerably larger section in this book.