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Armchair Travellers History of Beijing

Armchair Travellers History of Beijing

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As China's global influence continues to rise, its capital, Beijing, has become increasingly important--and a popular tourist destination, greeting close to five million international visitors each year. An Armchair Traveller's History of Beijing presents the capital from its earliest beginnings as a prehistoric campsite for Peking Man through its fluctuating fortunes under a dozen dynasties.

Home to capitals of several states over time, the site of modern Beijing has been ruled by Mongolian chiefs and the glorious Ming emperors, whose tombs can still be found on its outskirts. Through Beijing, we can experience Chinese history itself, including its more famous residents--including Khubilai Khan, Mulan, and Marco Polo. Special emphasis is placed on Beijing's precarious heritage in the twenty-first century, as modern construction wipes out much of the old city to make way for homes for twenty million people.

This book also offers detailed information on sites of tourist interest, including the pros and cons of different sections of the Great Wall and the best ways to see the Forbidden City and the fast-disappearing relics of the city's Manchu and Maoist eras. A chapter on food and drink examines not only local delicacies, but the many other Chinese dishes that form part of Beijing's rich dining traditions. With its blend of rich history and expert tips, An Armchair Traveller's History of Beijing is an essential introduction to one of the world's most remarkable cities.

Around the Bend: A Mississippi River Adventure

Around the Bend: A Mississippi River Adventure

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In the summer of 1997 renowned nature photographer C. C. Lockwood embarked on a remarkable adventure. First by canoe and then by Grand Canyon-style pontoon raft, he journeyed the length of the Mississippi River--2,320 miles--from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. Armed with his camera and computer equipment to transmit stories and pictures to schoolchildren, this "High Tech Huck Finn" trained his lens on spectacular scenes, creating images that vividly depict the life pulsing in and near this vital American artery--water and lands that touch the lives of every American.

As Lockwood shows in these brilliant color photographs, the river has many faces. At its birthplace it is nothing more than a trickle among rocks. But as it serpentines south, it slowly grows until, at its end, it pours daily over 420 billion gallons of water into the Gulf of Mexico. Lockwood captures the river in all of its moods: a ghostly foggy morning on the bank; a bright orange sunset over the bends; a quiet snowfall at the headwaters; a sudden rain shower at dusk. He also offers intimate images of the creatures that make their home in the river or along its shores: a whitetail fawn nestled in underbrush; a curious frog peeking out from beneath reeds; a Canada goose marching in line with her goslings; turtles burying themselves in mud. His depiction of the natural beauty of Old Man River is unparalleled.

The river comes to appear as a thriving community because Lockwood introduces the people, both ordinary and extraordinary, who live and journey on it. We meet, among others, a performance artist intent on swimming the river's length; inhabitants of a makeshift houseboat colony near Winona, Minnesota; Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher look-alikes in Hannibal, Missouri; and Willie P., who, with the help of thirty-gallon plastic barrels and paddle wheels, employs a most unusual mode of river transportation--a Toyota Celica hatchback.

To illustrate the changing riverscape, Lockwood includes images of some of the businesses and industries that line the river's banks: casino river boats glittering in the night; the jumping blues clubs of Memphis' Beale Street; bustling industrial plants and the countless barges and push boats that service them. He also offers a detailed memoir of his trip, as well as his other tours of the river by plane, car, tugboat, and river boat, in a delightful introduction.

Lockwood's photographs depict beautifully the varied aspects of the Mississippi River--flourishing community, vital industrial corridor, and priceless environmental treasure. Through this book, readers can join him on his quest to discover the wonders that lie just "around the bend."

Around the World in 500 Festivals

Around the World in 500 Festivals

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Around the World in 500 Festivals is a rare book that will fascinate and inspire. A large-format, beautifully illustrated coffee-table volume, it is a photographic exploration of the richness and variety of the world's most colourful, moving, joyful, and spectacular celebrations. Thousands of festivals, great and small, take place around the world every year. The book contains: - A unique selection of 500 unmissable festivals around the world - More than 200 full-colour photographs that capture the spirit and immediacy of the events - Special features in the form of extended photographic essays - Original research and stunning photography by an internationally recognized writer-photographer
Around the World in 500 Festivals takes this approach to a different level. It will help people who want to plan their trip to coincide with a festival. It will also enthrall and inform armchair travelers everywhere. Elegantly designed and lavishly produced, it is exceptional value for money and makes a perfect gift for travellers and readers of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Around the World in 80 Food Trucks

Around the World in 80 Food Trucks

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Hey, what would you like today?

Lonely Planet has taken to the streets to bring you 80 fast, fresh and mouthwatering recipes from the most exciting chefs on four wheels. From sea bass ceviche and Lebanese msakhan to old-fashioned American peach cake, discover how to cook some of the world's most crowd-pleasing dishes, meet the chefs and hear the stories behind their passion projects.

Run by passionate foodies, food trucks have nailed the delicate balance of merging the methods and flavours inspired by personal travels and experiences with family recipes, immigrant influences and local ingredients - all the while celebrating sustainable and seasonal local produce.

Starting up and running a food truck is a vehicle for expression and experimentation, a way to serve food that's both personal to the cooks and popular with the crowd. After all, food trucks park where the people are - no booking or dress code required.

Inside Around the World in 80 Food Trucks, you'll find out how to recreate chicken and waffles from Nashville; Indian sliders from Melbourne; paneer poutine from Berlin; spicy lamb samosas from Killary, mollete of roasted pork from Gijón; San Francisco langoustine rolls; and burgers, shrimp and breakfast sandwiches from Cape Town, Bogotá and beyond.

Features food trucks from:

  • Barcelona
  • Seville
  • London
  • Montreal
  • Tijuana
  • Austin
  • Los Angeles
  • Vancouver
  • Alexandria
  • Nashville
  • New York City
  • Portland
  • San Francisco
  • The Gold Coast
  • Melbourne
  • Bogotá
  • Lima
  • About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

    Art and Fiesta in Mexico City

    Art and Fiesta in Mexico City

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    In 2016 The New York Times listed Mexico City as the number one place to go in the world. With nearly 40 millions tourists visiting the country in 2017, tourism to Mexico is booming. And despite past safety concerns, the country's capital has undergone something of a cultural renaissance and is now both an enchanting and world-class travel destination. Modern Living in Mexico City is your comprehensive guide to navigate the city's seemingly endless cultural attractions, eclectic food and drinks scene, shops, galleries and legendary markets. From major sights to recently opened venues that showcase the city's young and vibrant energy, author Cristina Alonso will ensure you make the most of your visit and then be eager to return to the most progressive city in Latin America.
    Art for Travellers France: Essential Guide to Viewing: Art in Paris & its Surrou

    Art for Travellers France: Essential Guide to Viewing: Art in Paris & its Surrou

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    Thorough, accessible guide with art trail itineraries to some of the world's most remarkable collections.
    Art for Travellers Greece: Essential Guide to Viewing Art in Greece

    Art for Travellers Greece: Essential Guide to Viewing Art in Greece

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    Thorough, accessible guide with art trail itineraries to some of the world's most ancient and remarkable collections.
    Art for Travellers Italy: Essential Guide to Viewing Italian Renaissance Art

    Art for Travellers Italy: Essential Guide to Viewing Italian Renaissance Art

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    Thorough, accessible guide with art trail itineraries to the treasures held in Italian museums, churches and galleries.
    Art for Travellers: Prague

    Art for Travellers: Prague

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    It is no exaggeration to call Praha (Czech for Prague) one of the most beautiful cities in the world; few places possess such atmosphere and history, such magnificent art and architecture. Part of its allure comes from its extraordinarily eclectic layers: a single vista can encompass soaring Gothic turrets, voluted Baroque gables, colorful Art Nouveau mosaics and jutting Cubist facades. Its museums and galleries hold masterpieces from medieval paintings to the latest in contemporary art, and many are found in buildings as fascinating as their collections. This guide introduces travellers to Bohemian art and architecture in and around Prague. It provides a fascinating art historical context, explaining history, styles, patrons, and artists and suggests easy-to-follow trails that lead art lovers through different sections of the city and nearby towns.
    Arthur Frommers Belgium

    Arthur Frommers Belgium

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    Written by Frommer's founder Arthur Frommer himself, this seminal guide introduces you to the riches and wonders of what is Europe's most underrated country. In his usual soaring prose, Frommer dissects Belgium's fascinating history and contemporary culture, giving the readers the tools they need to better understand and appreciate this rich, complex, and sometimes puzzling country. His coauthor is a Belgian resident and a seasoned journalist, and she covers the practical side of the vacation, having personally visited every hotel, restaurant, shop, and nightspot in the guide. Together, the authors make Belgium come alive, and most importantly, tell you which attractions and venues are worth your time . . . and which you can skip without regret.
    This book includes: a handy fold-out map, plus detailed maps throughout the guide; exact pricing, opening hours, and the other important details that make your trip smoother and less hectic; smartly conceived itineraries for travelers of all types, so you can shape your vacation to fit your interests; self-guided walking tours through some of Belgium's most exquisite neighborhoods, and savvy, sometimes sneaky, tips for saving money in all price ranges.
    Atlas A-Z 4th Ed

    Atlas A-Z 4th Ed

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    Carry the world in your pocket with this fully revised and updated 4th Edition of DK's Atlas A-Z. Beautiful, high-quality mapping together with a comprehensive fact-file section, covering every nation of the world presented in a handy format, make Atlas A-Z an essential purchase for anyone seeking a reliable atlas and fact-finder at a budget price.
    Atlas A-Z 6th Edition

    Atlas A-Z 6th Edition

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    Learn more about the world through maps, facts, and statistics with Atlas A-Z. Now in its fifth edition, this global guide is updated with new maps, facts, and stats to satisfy the trivia buff, supplement the news watcher, and keep modern families well-informed -- all in a handy, compact format with a budget price. Our trusted researchers put together an atlas that's trustworthy and complete, perfect for amateur geographers, students, and anyone interested in learning more about maps and the world around us.
    Atlas Obscura

    Atlas Obscura

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    It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

    Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders--the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

    Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

    Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.
    Atlas Obscura 2nd Edition

    Atlas Obscura 2nd Edition

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    Discover wonder.

    "A wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper."-- New York Times

    Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top of bestseller lists when it was first published and changed the way we think about the world, expanding our sense of how strange and marvelous it really is.

    This second edition takes readers to even more curious and unusual destinations, with more than 100 new places, dozens and dozens of new photographs, and two very special features: twelve city guides, covering Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Plus a foldout map with a dream itinerary for the ultimate around-the-world road trip. More a cabinet of curiosities than traditional guidebook, Atlas Obscura revels in the unexpected, the overlooked, the bizarre, and the mysterious. Here are natural wonders, like the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can sit and drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M. C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby-Jumping Festival in Spain--and no, it's not the babies doing the jumping, but masked men dressed as devils who vault over rows of squirming infants.

    Every page gets to the very core of why humans want to travel in the first place: to be delighted and disoriented, uprooted from the familiar and amazed by the new. With its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, and new city guides, it is a book you can open anywhere and be transported. But proceed with caution: It's almost impossible not to turn to the next entry, and the next, and the next.

    Atlas of Cursed Places

    Atlas of Cursed Places

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    Atlas Obscura says this lushly illustrated New York Times bestselling guide to dozens of dangerous, eerie, and infamous locations is the perfect gift for those who believe the world is still full of mysteries to investigate.

    Pick up the acclaimed Atlas of Cursed Places and visit the world's most nerve-wracking locations. With pithy historical profiles, vintage full-color maps, and haunting tales that will color your perspective (and send tingles down your spine), this is a clever gift for the intrepid traveler or armchair adventurer who wants to explore destinations both remarkable and daunting. Visit:

  • a coal town where the ground is constantly on fire
  • a Zambian national park where more than 8 million bats darken the skies
  • the infamous suicide location of Aokigahara Forest near Mount Fuji
  • the lesser-known Nevada triangle, in which dozens of aircraft have inexplicably disappeared
  • Beautifully packaged and written with a twisty sense of humor, Atlas of Cursed Places puts your quirky side on the map.

    Austin on the Hoof: A Guide to the Usual and Unusual

    Austin on the Hoof: A Guide to the Usual and Unusual

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    Informed by on-the-ground research, Herb Lester's handy, folded guides uncover what makes a city special - its most distinctive shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, museums and galleries, whether unmissable old favourites, exciting new arrivals or overlooked treasures. Each entry comes with its own brief description, and a basic map helps the reader get their bearings and make plans. This is an ideal companion to the Texas state capitol; well-versed in Austin's history and cultural attractions, it also has an eye to the wild side of life. The 49 entries encompass Tex-Mex restaurants and German beer halls, honky-tonks and cemeteries, record shops and natural springs. And, of course, there's barbecue too.
    Australia

    Australia

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    Insight Guide Australia is a full-color travel guide that offers a comprehensive approach to getting the most out of one the world's most enticing destinations. Engaging and inspirational History and Culture chapters explain the country's fascinating past of aboriginal culture and colonial rule, and the factors influencing its identity; from ancient aboriginal culture, through to the arrival of the British, to the country's development as a modern nation. The vibrant arts scene, local cuisine, sporting opportunities and breathtaking landscape are fully explored so that visitors can gain a sense of how Australia's character and culture have been shaped. Encompassing all of Australia's states and territories, the Places chapters cover Australia's major cities of Sydney and Melbourne in detail, and also suggest where to visit and what to do in Australia's great outdoors to help with planning a trip to some of the world's most amazing sights - such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, the Great Ocean Road, Fraser Island, and Kakadu National Park. Full-color photographs throughout illustrate the beauty of the Australian landscape more than any other guide to the country on the market and give a true flavor of Australian life today. Detailed maps throughout the book help visitors get around the different areas, with all major sites cross-referenced with the text, and the Travel Tips offer selective advice on where to stay, what to eat and the type of activities that are available.
    Australia - Culture Smart

    Australia - Culture Smart

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    Australia is different--a vast island-continent with distances so great that the capital of Western Australia is closer to Singapore than it is to Sydney. The landscape embraces magnificent tropical rainforests and deserts the size of several European states; temperate areas that sustain a flourishing wine industry, making Australia the world's fourth largest wine exporter; a sixteen-thousand-mile coastline of breathtaking beaches; and its unique fauna is testament to the country's "down-underness." Indigenous Australians have inhabited the continent for more than fifty thousand years, yet European settlement is just over two hundred years old. Since the end of the Second World War the country has opened its doors to a hugely diverse immigrant population and slowly shaken off the mantle of British influence, transforming what was perhaps one of the dullest nations into one of the most stimulating. The Australians' old settler mentality--regarding themselves as "battlers," and embarrassed by their lack of sophistication--has given way to a new national confidence. The achievements of Australia's artists, sportspeople, entertainers, scientists, and businesspeople puts them on the global stage. Despite the diversity of ethnicities there is a pervasive homogeneity among Australians: a generosity of spirit and a forthrightness, sometimes disarming for the visitor. A sense of fairness and equality is valued, as is the ability not to take oneself too seriously. Culture Smart! Australia introduces you to a young nation with one of the world's highest standards of living, "where people work to live" in order to enjoy a lifestyle that many across the globe covet, and in which Australians take great pride (and don't mind telling you about).