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China censors Lonely Planet guide

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The China-centered volume of Lonely Planet travel guides has been banned by the same Chinese authorities.

The reason: Paint Taiwan and China in two different colors on the start map where the most recommended places in the guide appear.

According to the Chinese authorities, this decision is not only addressed to the most read and sold guide in the world but to any publication that dares to paint Taiwan with a different color than the communist red of the Chinese people's republic.

It seems that Lonely Planet has received notices from readers who traveled to China and whose guides have been confiscated in customs even before this law came into force.

When I traveled through China, as many other times, I exchanged my guide from Vietnam with another traveler who was making the route backwards to mine. Both guides were Lonely Planet and I never had problems circulating in the Asian giant.

Without a doubt, it is another absurd law of this mockery of a communist country. In a country where if one kicks him a little independently and talks to people, he will observe the hypocrisy in which he is involved. Never in my life had I seen Carrefours with 12 plants like in Kunming or so many people going out on shopping Saturdays as possessed capitalists in Beijing. It would be nothing new for a capitalist country, but on the other hand, one is surprised to hear only positive words for a government that denies personal opinion, criticism of the government or encountering more latent levels of poverty than in India itself hidden by the suburbs of Chinese mega-cities.

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