Chinese Guidebooks, Chinese AuthorsSaturday, 4 February 2012
▲ Lonely Planet guidebooks have been available in Chinese for nearly 6 years now, Maureen and I went to China to help launch them in 2006, you can even read the Lonely Planet Story in Chinese.
▲ The most exciting development, however, was when with our Chinese language partner we started to produce regional guidebooks to China researched and written by Chinese travel writers. It was a pioneering project for our writer-researchers and we were immensely pleased with the 8 books they produced. Here they are, guides to Yunnan, Sichuan & Chongqing, Guizhou, Shaanxi, Guangxi, Qinghai, Gansu & Ningxia and Hunnan.
▲ Our China authors got together to celebrate the series at the 1984 Bookshop in Shanghai. Is that a great name for a Chinese bookshop? It’s at 11 Hunan Lu in the French Concession. From left: Hu Zhen (wrote Yunnan), Tan Chuanyao (Guangxi), Cookie (Shaanxi), Jenny Huang (Qinghai), Yap Xiaozhong (Guangxi), Cui Xiaoli (Gansu & Ningxia) – all holding our new “Guangxi” book.