Lonely planet not allowed in China!!!
As China views both Tibet and Taiwan as provinces I would hardly think that that reason would hold water.
so many people had got their LP taken away. I don't know about other ports of entry, but from Vietnam in Lao Cai, your pack will be X-rayed and checked for books, so try tearing off pages and put them in more than one place so I doesn't look like a book or tape like Just happy to be here did,
quote:Originally posted by SimonUribeConvers:
I don't know about other ports of entry, but from Vietnam in Lao Cai, your pack will be X-rayed and checked for books
And then I suppose they could bust you for having the Lonely Planet *and* knowingly trying to import a banned book! Let us know if it works, though.
Seriously, though, this is madness -- especially within one year of the Olympics. From what I recall, LP is always very cautious about pointing out that borders/places are "disputed" without actually taking sides.
What great publicity this would be if more people knew ...
Great marketing guys, keep it up!
quote:Originally posted by jv:
specially within one year of the Olympics.
I wonder about this. I mean I'm sure the IOC thought, in their naive way, that giving China the Olympics might mean they'd feel forced to do something about their civil rights, but really, did anyone really expect it to happen? I think not. As always it'll just get brushed under the carpet and everything will go on as normal. How much do you want to bet that there isn't a single beggar, vagrant or otherwise disadvantaged individual visible to the international media come the Games? Where do you suppose they'll have gone? Hmm. Wait till they come to London, then they'll see some good old fashioned chaos and fuck-uppery.
(And don't get me wrong: there are of course many more important things to expose than some rich Western tourists being stripped of their guidebooks. But it's easy, it hits home for Westerners, and it's so paranoid and irrational that it borders on self-parody.)
great idea on the exposing of this irrational seizure of lp guidebooks. its especially silly if they selling within china. heh.
The ads on TV have started already with instructions on being nice to people and there is even one that shows drivers stopping to allow pedestrians to cross at a pedestrian crossing -fat chance that will take off here. Size is what matters on the roads the heavier you are the more "rights" you take.
Life in Tibet
quote:Don't suppose anyone has experienced this whilst entering China from Mongolia have they? I'm going to be on the Trans-Mongolia in August and was planning to have my China guide with me for obvious reasons
I didn't have any problems and I doubt you will either. Since, you'll most likely be crossing in the middle of the night with a whole train load of people that need to be processed quickly I can't see them bothering.
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