- Series: Travel Guide
- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 8 edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1741792185
- ISBN-13: 978-1741792188
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lonely Planet Tibet (Travel Guide) Paperback – March 1, 2011
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This completely revised and updated Lonely Planet guide to Tibet features new maps, detailed trekking information, overland routes from China and Nepal, Tibetan and Mandarin language sections, as well as essential notes on history, culture, and Buddhism. The author imparts expert advice on where to stay and eat, and presents engaging sidebars on topics such as "The World of a Monk," "Everest's Name," "King Gesar," "Important Figures of Tibetan Buddhism," "The Mandala," "Sutra & Tantra," and Tibetan travelers' first-hand experiences. --Kathryn True --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Before getting this guide, you need to consider if it will meet your needs. Although the title is "Tibet," this book covers only part of Tibet, the TAR (Tibetan Autonomous Region). Missing are the eastern and northeastern regions that are now in Yunnan, Sichuan, Gansu, and Qinghai provinces. These regions have a large Tibetan population, an enormous area of splendid mountain and grassland scenery, major Tibetan monasteries, and freedom of travel (open to foreigners with expensive permits/tours). All you get in this book about the eastern region (eastern Kham) is a paltry chapter of 14 pages, "Overland Routes from Sichuan." Northeastern Tibet (Amdo) is missing entirely. If you will be visiting the TAR, then this book is a good choice. If your trip will include eastern Kham or Amdo, then you will need to supplement this guide with an all-China guidebook or a different guidebook. I've deducted one star for the wayward index and another for not covering all of Tibet.
The authors are to be commended for writing a new edition under difficult conditions during a time of highly restricted travel in the TAR. The book is very attractive and uses the color blue to highlight features in text and maps. This will be a very valuable reference if you're headed for the TAR region of Tibet.
That said, there are very nice entries for many of the monasteries I plan on visiting.