Earlier this week, we stated that “you can’t buy Lonely Planet China in China.” A Flickr user in Beijing showed this to be untrue and asked: “Can we start talking about *real* problems now?” OK, here’s our real problem: Where in Shanghai can we buy a Lonely Planet China? We have seen Lonely Planet Shanghai on sale here, but never the big one. A couple months ago a friend was embarking on a long trip through the Mainland and he searched all of Shanghai for Lonely Planet‘s China guidebook. No dice. Was he just unlucky? Was every store in town out of stock? Or are there stores we don’t know about?
Some call China’s rumored ban on Lonely Planet China (and Beijing and Tibet) an “urban myth.” Others have been told of the ban directly from the mouths of employees at Shanghai bookstores. So, what is the real deal? AsiaPundit thinks much of this has to do with Lonely Planet‘s China map, which depicts Taiwan as a separate country. But wouldn’t a Shanghai book include the same map? We don’t have one, so we’re not sure.
Meanwhile, people are still talking about Lonely Planets being confiscated when they enter the Mainland, but it doesn’t seem to be widespread. We highly doubt this would happen at any major port of entry like Shanghai.
Have you seen Lonely Planet China on sale in Shanghai recently? If so, tell us where in a comment.