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Oooo… there’s a weird story for you. Apparently, some Israeli tourists going to travel in China with the latest Lonely Planet book were asked to hand in their very expensive book at the border-crossing due to its ‘political nature’ showing maps of China which color Taiwan in a different color suggesting that Taiwan is not a part of China.

Here’s the Tapuz Israelies in Asia latest story (Israeli English untouched) :

"Apparently the chinese government has a new enemy: the lonely planet!

Yesterday I entered china again, and in the castody (meches) my book was taken, and no matter how hard i tried to explain to them that i really need the book, it didn`t help! they also had 3 more lonely planets!!!

The ”reason”: it`s a political book, because there`s a map of china, and taiwan is colored in a different color!

And to make thing worse – they took my book, which even wasn`t the lonely planet, although the regulation is supposed to reffer only to the lonely [...] "

Since this is the first time I ever hear about this kind of story I went to do some Internet research and see if anybody else has any other stories about this. Apparently, this is not just one case, it’s something that’s been happening for about couple of months or so.

Here’s a bit from the very funny "You need to know this about Taiwan " :

We’d finally arrived at the Chinese-Vietnamese border, after 30 hours on the train.

[...]

We were smiling and laughing, the customs official and Sean and I, smiling and laughing over the Lonely Planet China—goddamn you, book, why couldn’t you have been more up to date?—and then suddenly there was no more laughing. At least, there was no more laughing from the customs official; Sean and I giglggled gaily on. But the customs official had turned to the map of China on the front page and he was staring at the quarter-inch blob of Taiwan.

“Excuse me,” he said. “This is not right. This says Taipei is the capital of Taiwan. But Taiwan is China now, and this book is wrong. Thank you, but I am taking your book. Beijing is the capital of China—of all of China—and this book is just not right.”

“Ha ha ha!” trilled Sean and I (well, I trilled; he did the masculine equivalent.) “The book is not right! Silly book! Taiwan is part of China! The book is wrong! Ha ha ha! Can we have it back now, please? It was expensive!”

“I’m taking it,” said the customs official, still sort of lurching. “This book is banned. It is not going to leave China. It has been confiscated. By me. And by the government. Goodbye.”

[...]

In the end, I didn’t get arrested. (Dad, I swear, it wasn’t even close.) But I did get our book back, through a skilled combination of pleading—”but I know Taiwan is part of China! I will tell everyone! The book is wrong!”—and negotiating (”look, what if I just tear the map out at the front? Then Taiwan is part of China again!”) And eventually he relented. “Just this one time,” he said, handing the contraband back to me, minus the map, which he put in his pocket. “But don’t ever bring this book back into China again. It is wrong.”

More? you betcha… here’s "Kunming and lijiang " :

"We left sapa in vietnam and headed to china. we arrived at the border to have our lonely planet taken from us because they colour of Taiwan was a different colour to China on the map and there is some ongoing political problem over this at the moment. Absolute disaster, as no-one speaks English so we were completely lost."

And there are even more cases, all later than the beginning of August 2006. There’s no escaping the conclusion that this isn’t just one Chinese official who’s sensitive to the Taiwan issue – it’s probably a government policy of somesort.

So, boys and girls, next time you take your Lonely Planet guide with you to China, don’t forget to rip out the map, or – at least – color Taiwan with the China color by hand. Arghh…

(Not enough? check out "More on Lonely Planet and China")

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  • http://davidonformosa.blogspot.com David on Formosa

    I first read about this on Lonely Planet’s Thorntree and I couldn’t believe it. Thanks for the additional information.

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ fiLi

      Oh, thanks for the Thorntree link, it’s from the same guy and posted yesterday… some interesting responses in there.
      I guess the guy really wants his book back :D

  • http://davidonformosa.blogspot.com/ David on Formosa

    I first read about this on Lonely Planet’s Thorntree and I couldn’t believe it. Thanks for the additional information.

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

      Oh, thanks for the Thorntree link, it’s from the same guy and posted yesterday… some interesting responses in there.
      I guess the guy really wants his book back :D

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    • shawn

      Thats why china has missles pointed at Tawian. That’s why taiwan has its own embassies abroad (call it what you want to), thats why tawian has its own customs Thats why china has a problem with it. China is still trying to brain wash their people. China cannot brain wash the whole world. communism doesnt work, thats why taiwan was more successful than the mainland. if the kuomingtang had won the civil war mainland china would be in much better shape and the population wouldnt be so huge and the environment wouldnt be so disgusting.

      • Pierrot

        this is the worst bullshit comment ever. You should go and have a look at the chinese “communism”. considering your post, you would definitely feel at home there. You’re just as brainwashed as “1984″ describes. this is sad.

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  • http://eyeseast.blogspot.com/ Chris Amico

    I met three Irish backbackpackers in Xi’an who had this same thing happen. It always seems to be at the Vietnamese border, although maybe that’s just the stories that have come out so far. I flew into Beijing a few weeks ago and didn’t have any problem, so maybe it’s an overland thing. Weird.

  • http://eyeseast.blogspot.com Chris Amico

    I met three Irish backbackpackers in Xi’an who had this same thing happen. It always seems to be at the Vietnamese border, although maybe that’s just the stories that have come out so far. I flew into Beijing a few weeks ago and didn’t have any problem, so maybe it’s an overland thing. Weird.

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  • chuck Donovan

    that’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard the Chinese Gov’t do yet, and they do a lot of stupid things. Time for the boys in Beijing to grow up and join the rest of us living in the 21st century.

  • chuck Donovan

    that’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard the Chinese Gov’t do yet, and they do a lot of stupid things. Time for the boys in Beijing to grow up and join the rest of us living in the 21st century.

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  • http://www.kickinrocks.com/ Dustin

    And another reason to avoid LP’s guidebooks.

  • http://www.kickinrocks.com Dustin

    And another reason to avoid LP’s guidebooks.

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  • Josee

    Yawn… what a tall tale. It is amazing how some people can believe everything that is said on the Internet.

    Reminds me of my 2nd grade class where a girl claimed that she saw a ghost in the female toilet. Few days later, all the kids claimed that they saw something lurking in the toilet.

    Grow up folks!

  • Josee

    Yawn… what a tall tale. It is amazing how some people can believe everything that is said on the Internet.

    Reminds me of my 2nd grade class where a girl claimed that she saw a ghost in the female toilet. Few days later, all the kids claimed that they saw something lurking in the toilet.

    Grow up folks!

    • shawn

      it happened to me. I was there, on the train, at the chinese customs, getting my book taken. Nanning to Hanoi via train. Chinese customs confiscated my book. I thought he wanted to buy it, and thats the only reason I pulled it out. He was carrying a stack of them and I couldnt believe it either.

  • Josee

    Yawn… what a tall tale. It is amazing how some people can believe everything that is said on the Internet.

    Reminds me of my 2nd grade class where a girl claimed that she saw a ghost in the female toilet. Few days later, all the kids claimed that they saw something lurking in the toilet.

    Grow up folks!

    • shawn

      it happened to me. I was there, on the train, at the chinese customs, getting my book taken. Nanning to Hanoi via train. Chinese customs confiscated my book. I thought he wanted to buy it, and thats the only reason I pulled it out. He was carrying a stack of them and I couldnt believe it either.

  • Josee

    These are just some rumours spread by some anti-china people.
    If it is pro-china comments, people will just brush it away as pro-communist propaganda. But if it is anti-china stuff, you can see folks like this on this website licking up every bits of it.

    Wahahaha… i am amazed how stupid some people can be. To read and believe without thinking.

    • shawn

      Pro china comments? thats all you hear on state run media in china. It’s not a bad thing, until you realize there’s no critizim. Even westerners living in china start to become all pro china. Take a deep breath, breath that fresh chinese air, read up a story on wikipedia (blocked by govt in china), and have your emails read. If you be a good person, you dont have to lie! You cant control a persons soul, no matter how long of a cultural revolution you have. Mao Zedong is responsible for millions of deaths and the poor state the country is currently in. Silly fools.

    • shawn

      Pro china comments? thats all you hear on state run media in china. It’s not a bad thing, until you realize there’s no critizim. Even westerners living in china start to become all pro china. Take a deep breath, breath that fresh chinese air, read up a story on wikipedia (blocked by govt in china), and have your emails read. If you be a good person, you dont have to lie! You cant control a persons soul, no matter how long of a cultural revolution you have. Mao Zedong is responsible for millions of deaths and the poor state the country is currently in. Silly fools.

  • Josee

    These are just some rumours spread by some anti-china people.
    If it is pro-china comments, people will just brush it away as pro-communist propaganda. But if it is anti-china stuff, you can see folks like this on this website licking up every bits of it.

    Wahahaha… i am amazed how stupid some people can be. To read and believe without thinking.

    • shawn

      Pro china comments? thats all you hear on state run media in china. It’s not a bad thing, until you realize there’s no critizim. Even westerners living in china start to become all pro china. Take a deep breath, breath that fresh chinese air, read up a story on wikipedia (blocked by govt in china), and have your emails read. If you be a good person, you dont have to lie! You cant control a persons soul, no matter how long of a cultural revolution you have. Mao Zedong is responsible for millions of deaths and the poor state the country is currently in. Silly fools.

  • J B

    Ha… I had a Chinese friend in college who actually mentioned that he didn;t understand why Taiwan wasn’t in Lonely Planet. I’m not too surprised, though it is of course rather petty.
    Does anyone know how they actually come to confiscate the books? Is it only when they’re just lying around, or do they actually do some sort of search?

    • shawn

      I dont think they search, maybe. I thought the man just wanted to buy it, since he was carrying a stack. I wonder what ever happened to my book. Lol. Crazy commies.

  • J B

    Ha… I had a Chinese friend in college who actually mentioned that he didn;t understand why Taiwan wasn’t in Lonely Planet. I’m not too surprised, though it is of course rather petty.
    Does anyone know how they actually come to confiscate the books? Is it only when they’re just lying around, or do they actually do some sort of search?

    • shawn

      I dont think they search, maybe. I thought the man just wanted to buy it, since he was carrying a stack. I wonder what ever happened to my book. Lol. Crazy commies.

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  • shawn

    Thats why china has missles pointed at Tawian. That’s why taiwan has its own embassies abroad (call it what you want to), thats why tawian has its own customs Thats why china has a problem with it. China is still trying to brain wash their people. China cannot brain wash the whole world. communism doesnt work, thats why taiwan was more successful than the mainland. if the kuomingtang had won the civil war mainland china would be in much better shape and the population wouldnt be so huge and the environment wouldnt be so disgusting.

    • Pierrot

      this is the worst bullshit comment ever. You should go and have a look at the chinese “communism”. considering your post, you would definitely feel at home there. You’re just as brainwashed as “1984″ describes. this is sad.

  • shawn

    Thats why china has missles pointed at Tawian. That’s why taiwan has its own embassies abroad (call it what you want to), thats why tawian has its own customs Thats why china has a problem with it. China is still trying to brain wash their people. China cannot brain wash the whole world. communism doesnt work, thats why taiwan was more successful than the mainland. if the kuomingtang had won the civil war mainland china would be in much better shape and the population wouldnt be so huge and the environment wouldnt be so disgusting.

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  • Alex

    My book was also taken when I entered by ferry to ShenZhen (Shekou) from Hong Kong. The officers didn’t tell me the reasons why my book was confiscated… now I know after reading all your comments.

  • Alex

    My book was also taken when I entered by ferry to ShenZhen (Shekou) from Hong Kong. The officers didn’t tell me the reasons why my book was confiscated… now I know after reading all your comments.

  • Yi

    For me, you are very strange also.

    Absolutely, it’s reasonable to ban this illegal book.

    We don’t care what you do in your country; but we care everyone else’s position about the unfinished war between mainland and Taiwan.

    It is natural that your position is near to that of US; but we are not feared…

    There is always something in everyone’s heart that should be seen the most holy

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

      Yeah. I understand this is a sensitive issue, and I find it fascinating to see the differences in perspective between the people commenting here. I’ve tried to not express any opinions about the China-Taiwan politics, and I’m not even sure what the US position is, or why you think that we want you to fear it.

      With that said – I do hope the “unfinished war” between mainland and Taiwan will soon be history.

  • Yi

    For me, you are very strange also.

    Absolutely, it’s reasonable to ban this illegal book.

    We don’t care what you do in your country; but we care everyone else’s position about the unfinished war between mainland and Taiwan.

    It is natural that your position is near to that of US; but we are not feared…

    There is always something in everyone’s heart that should be seen the most holy

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ fiLi

      Yeah. I understand this is a sensitive issue, and I find it fascinating to see the differences in perspective between the people commenting here. I’ve tried to not express any opinions about the China-Taiwan politics, and I’m not even sure what the US position is, or why you think that we want you to fear it.

      With that said – I do hope the “unfinished war” between mainland and Taiwan will soon be history.

  • Yi

    I never say that it is you that make us to fear.

    Your country is faraway from China.

    But we are very anxious for the existing of ally of US and Japan; Why US placed so many carriers near to our country?

    Why US always adds the soldiers in the islands of the west Pacific recently? In our eyes, naturally, it is preparing for the attack to our army! They do want us to fear.

    In China, the majority of people don’t want war, including me; I believe some Chinese living in Taiwan too; but if it comes to us, we can’t refuse the responsibilities.

    Actually, US has enough advantages facing our army. But, we can’t do nothing when we found the coming threat. In this world, everything is possible;US can attack Iraq, they can attack Afghan, why not us?

    From 1951 to 1953, we was fighting with them in Korea; then we faced them in Vitenam. During the war between China and India, their position is against us also.

    In 1998, American attacked our diplomatists in Europe. Every year they sent his spy plane to our country.

    I can give a long list about the conflicts.

    So our premier Mr Wen Jiabao said “we don’t want it but we are not feard”.

    As you know, we are facing lots of problems in our reform. Presently those are more important than others problems.

    We don’t want any changes in the situation in Taiwan; but somebody wants to challenge our country dignity and unification, we know what we should do.

    Maybe you will say that these are some ideas about “cold war”; but I don’t think so.

    We are not blind, we found what happened in the past 60 years; we know that we need changes. Surely we know why US did so too!

    I have lived in Europe for three years and I will go back to my motherland. I love my country so much; maybe it is not the best, but it is my motherland.

    • http://tenementpalm.blogspot.com/ davesgonechina

      “From 1951 to 1953, we was fighting with them in Korea; then we faced them in Vitenam. During the war between China and India, their position is against us also.”

      China sent troops to Vietnam to train the Viet Cong, but later China supported Pol Pot while Vietnam allied with Russia on the other side of the Soviet split. That resulted in the Sino-Vietnamese War, wherein China invaded Vietnam only to lose quickly and decisively in a month. I’d also point out the Vietnamese boast of a proud tradition of defeating Chinese invaders.

      “Why US placed so many carriers near to our country?”

      Partly to maintain a balance of power with China, but the US Navy also maintains the security of shipping lanes in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. A job that China shows little interest in doing for itself, being quite happy to get a free ride from US forces.

    • http://tenementpalm.blogspot.com/ davesgonechina

      “From 1951 to 1953, we was fighting with them in Korea; then we faced them in Vitenam. During the war between China and India, their position is against us also.”

      China sent troops to Vietnam to train the Viet Cong, but later China supported Pol Pot while Vietnam allied with Russia on the other side of the Soviet split. That resulted in the Sino-Vietnamese War, wherein China invaded Vietnam only to lose quickly and decisively in a month. I’d also point out the Vietnamese boast of a proud tradition of defeating Chinese invaders.

      “Why US placed so many carriers near to our country?”

      Partly to maintain a balance of power with China, but the US Navy also maintains the security of shipping lanes in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. A job that China shows little interest in doing for itself, being quite happy to get a free ride from US forces.

  • Yi

    I never say that it is you that make us to fear.

    Your country is faraway from China.

    But we are very anxious for the existing of ally of US and Japan; Why US placed so many carriers near to our country?

    Why US always adds the soldiers in the islands of the west Pacific recently? In our eyes, naturally, it is preparing for the attack to our army! They do want us to fear.

    In China, the majority of people don’t want war, including me; I believe some Chinese living in Taiwan too; but if it comes to us, we can’t refuse the responsibilities.

    Actually, US has enough advantages facing our army. But, we can’t do nothing when we found the coming threat. In this world, everything is possible;US can attack Iraq, they can attack Afghan, why not us?

    From 1951 to 1953, we was fighting with them in Korea; then we faced them in Vitenam. During the war between China and India, their position is against us also.

    In 1998, American attacked our diplomatists in Europe. Every year they sent his spy plane to our country.

    I can give a long list about the conflicts.

    So our premier Mr Wen Jiabao said “we don’t want it but we are not feard”.

    As you know, we are facing lots of problems in our reform. Presently those are more important than others problems.

    We don’t want any changes in the situation in Taiwan; but somebody wants to challenge our country dignity and unification, we know what we should do.

    Maybe you will say that these are some ideas about “cold war”; but I don’t think so.

    We are not blind, we found what happened in the past 60 years; we know that we need changes. Surely we know why US did so too!

    I have lived in Europe for three years and I will go back to my motherland. I love my country so much; maybe it is not the best, but it is my motherland.

  • Yi

    I never say that it is you that make us to fear.

    Your country is faraway from China.

    But we are very anxious for the existing of ally of US and Japan; Why US placed so many carriers near to our country?

    Why US always adds the soldiers in the islands of the west Pacific recently? In our eyes, naturally, it is preparing for the attack to our army! They do want us to fear.

    In China, the majority of people don’t want war, including me; I believe some Chinese living in Taiwan too; but if it comes to us, we can’t refuse the responsibilities.

    Actually, US has enough advantages facing our army. But, we can’t do nothing when we found the coming threat. In this world, everything is possible;US can attack Iraq, they can attack Afghan, why not us?

    From 1951 to 1953, we was fighting with them in Korea; then we faced them in Vitenam. During the war between China and India, their position is against us also.

    In 1998, American attacked our diplomatists in Europe. Every year they sent his spy plane to our country.

    I can give a long list about the conflicts.

    So our premier Mr Wen Jiabao said “we don’t want it but we are not feard”.

    As you know, we are facing lots of problems in our reform. Presently those are more important than others problems.

    We don’t want any changes in the situation in Taiwan; but somebody wants to challenge our country dignity and unification, we know what we should do.

    Maybe you will say that these are some ideas about “cold war”; but I don’t think so.

    We are not blind, we found what happened in the past 60 years; we know that we need changes. Surely we know why US did so too!

    I have lived in Europe for three years and I will go back to my motherland. I love my country so much; maybe it is not the best, but it is my motherland.

    • http://tenementpalm.blogspot.com davesgonechina

      “From 1951 to 1953, we was fighting with them in Korea; then we faced them in Vitenam. During the war between China and India, their position is against us also.”

      China sent troops to Vietnam to train the Viet Cong, but later China supported Pol Pot while Vietnam allied with Russia on the other side of the Soviet split. That resulted in the Sino-Vietnamese War, wherein China invaded Vietnam only to lose quickly and decisively in a month. I’d also point out the Vietnamese boast of a proud tradition of defeating Chinese invaders.

      “Why US placed so many carriers near to our country?”

      Partly to maintain a balance of power with China, but the US Navy also maintains the security of shipping lanes in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. A job that China shows little interest in doing for itself, being quite happy to get a free ride from US forces.

  • Scott

    The so-called “un-finished war” between China and Taiwan will be finished only when China decides to become a civilized nation and a responsible member of the international community, and stops threatening to invade a peaceful neighbor.

    The people here in Taiwan want very much to be able to interact economically, culturally and diplomatically with China.

    Unfortunately, China is making this impossible by giving only two options: surrender or invasion.

    Do you live in an open, peaceful, civilized and democratic nation? How do you think people in YOUR country would react to such a choice? How will the leaders of YOUR country react if China carries out its threat? Will they say anything at all?

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

      Strange enough, I grew up in a democratic country which is under an even more extreme threat by several entities, mainly originating from Iran, giving Israel two options – it’s either annihilation or complete destruction. Do you live in an open, peaceful, civilized and democratic nation? how do you think people in your country would react to such a threat? … – I understand and relate to your frustration. For many years, not too long ago, Taiwan was threatening to invade China claiming that China was a part of the Republic of China. So… things change, countries mature, but it takes time.

      • Scott

        Actually, when I first saw your blog, I DID see that you are from Israel but I have to admit that I wasn’t addressing my comments specifically to you, but rather to everyone of the people who had posted a comment. –Scott in Taipei

      • Scott

        Actually, when I first saw your blog, I DID see that you are from Israel but I have to admit that I wasn’t addressing my comments specifically to you, but rather to everyone of the people who had posted a comment. –Scott in Taipei

  • Scott

    The so-called “un-finished war” between China and Taiwan will be finished only when China decides to become a civilized nation and a responsible member of the international community, and stops threatening to invade a peaceful neighbor.

    The people here in Taiwan want very much to be able to interact economically, culturally and diplomatically with China.

    Unfortunately, China is making this impossible by giving only two options: surrender or invasion.

    Do you live in an open, peaceful, civilized and democratic nation? How do you think people in YOUR country would react to such a choice? How will the leaders of YOUR country react if China carries out its threat? Will they say anything at all?

    • http://www.filination.com/blog/ fiLi

      Strange enough, I grew up in a democratic country which is under an even more extreme threat by several entities, mainly originating from Iran, giving Israel two options – it’s either annihilation or complete destruction. Do you live in an open, peaceful, civilized and democratic nation? how do you think people in your country would react to such a threat? … – I understand and relate to your frustration. For many years, not too long ago, Taiwan was threatening to invade China claiming that China was a part of the Republic of China. So… things change, countries mature, but it takes time.

      • Scott

        Actually, when I first saw your blog, I DID see that you are from Israel but I have to admit that I wasn’t addressing my comments specifically to you, but rather to everyone of the people who had posted a comment. –Scott in Taipei

  • BeeWay

    Put it this way, a lot of people is born ignorant or insensitive especially the aspiration and determination of each nation. For China, it’s just simple. Taiwan belongs to China per se, nothing more nothing less. Just for Isrealis, it’s like trying to say Isreal belongs to Palestine, what will their reaction. Happy, clapping hand. Good, show that to the Palestinian

  • BeeWay

    Put it this way, a lot of people is born ignorant or insensitive especially the aspiration and determination of each nation. For China, it’s just simple. Taiwan belongs to China per se, nothing more nothing less. Just for Isrealis, it’s like trying to say Isreal belongs to Palestine, what will their reaction. Happy, clapping hand. Good, show that to the Palestinian

  • BeeWay

    Put it this way, a lot of people is born ignorant or insensitive especially the aspiration and determination of each nation. For China, it’s just simple. Taiwan belongs to China per se, nothing more nothing less. Just for Isrealis, it’s like trying to say Isreal belongs to Palestine, what will their reaction. Happy, clapping hand. Good, show that to the Palestinian

  • BeeWay

    Some quote that ‘The so-called “un-finished war” between China and Taiwan will be finished only when China decides to become a civilized nation’. I wonder who standard is he refering to. Remember China was the most advance nation in the world then and will be in future. You can keep your uncivilised behaviour to yourself.

  • BeeWay

    Some quote that ‘The so-called “un-finished war” between China and Taiwan will be finished only when China decides to become a civilized nation’. I wonder who standard is he refering to. Remember China was the most advance nation in the world then and will be in future. You can keep your uncivilised behaviour to yourself.

  • BeeWay

    Some quote that ‘The so-called “un-finished war” between China and Taiwan will be finished only when China decides to become a civilized nation’. I wonder who standard is he refering to. Remember China was the most advance nation in the world then and will be in future. You can keep your uncivilised behaviour to yourself.

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  • Carrie

    Wow. Those are some crazy stories. I lived in China for three years and carried my LP around openly and I never had any problems.

    I also had friends who brought contraband books into China and they never had any problems either.

    Still, I don’t doubt that it happens. Censorship is still widely practiced in China, from books to email, from websites and other news sources. I think it’s sad that China’s list of contraband goods is getting larger every day, when it should be getting smaller.

  • Carrie

    Wow. Those are some crazy stories. I lived in China for three years and carried my LP around openly and I never had any problems.

    I also had friends who brought contraband books into China and they never had any problems either.

    Still, I don’t doubt that it happens. Censorship is still widely practiced in China, from books to email, from websites and other news sources. I think it’s sad that China’s list of contraband goods is getting larger every day, when it should be getting smaller.

  • Carrie

    Wow. Those are some crazy stories. I lived in China for three years and carried my LP around openly and I never had any problems.

    I also had friends who brought contraband books into China and they never had any problems either.

    Still, I don’t doubt that it happens. Censorship is still widely practiced in China, from books to email, from websites and other news sources. I think it’s sad that China’s list of contraband goods is getting larger every day, when it should be getting smaller.

  • Ksyrie

    You hypocrite,IMHO,the taiwan problem is a political complex relating tens of thousands of lives.Every things wrong may cost millions of lives acrossing this strait.You are taking the lives as joke stuff.Disgusting!I donn’t know what is reaction when someone makes funs about the iranian maps showing the erasing of israel in their maps.Keep writng

  • Ksyrie

    You hypocrite,IMHO,the taiwan problem is a political complex relating tens of thousands of lives.Every things wrong may cost millions of lives acrossing this strait.You are taking the lives as joke stuff.Disgusting!I donn’t know what is reaction when someone makes funs about the iranian maps showing the erasing of israel in their maps.Keep writng

  • Texas Resident

    I took the Lonely Planet China guidebook into China and didn’t have a problem with customs. I entered via Beijing and was not checked by customs at all. Even in Tibet, I experienced no problems. The country folk and farmers tend to support Mao more. Maybe the people in the rural areas are a more sensitive than people in urban areas.

  • Texas Resident

    I took the Lonely Planet China guidebook into China and didn’t have a problem with customs. I entered via Beijing and was not checked by customs at all. Even in Tibet, I experienced no problems. The country folk and farmers tend to support Mao more. Maybe the people in the rural areas are a more sensitive than people in urban areas.

  • Texas Resident

    I took the Lonely Planet China guidebook into China and didn’t have a problem with customs. I entered via Beijing and was not checked by customs at all. Even in Tibet, I experienced no problems. The country folk and farmers tend to support Mao more. Maybe the people in the rural areas are a more sensitive than people in urban areas.

  • http://www.yeminlitercuman.com/ a.erol

    international politics through “lonely” guides? or much ado about nothing on the chinese part?

  • http://www.yeminlitercuman.com a.erol

    international politics through “lonely” guides? or much ado about nothing on the chinese part?

  • ceviriservisi

    it’s something that’s been happening for about couple of months or so.

  • ceviriservisi

    it’s something that’s been happening for about couple of months or so.

  • tercüme

    I also had friends who brought contraband books into China and they never had any problems either

  • tercüme

    I also had friends who brought contraband books into China and they never had any problems either

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  • fuckchina

    most chinks are just brainwashed by the chinese government.. you cannot blame them. it is not their fault. it is just bad luck for them to born in that dictactorial land.
    i am a chink too and unfortunately, i was born in this piece of ghetto land.
    my army friend told me that the chinese government buried lots of chinese soldiers without going public. why is that? because a lot of chinese soldiers were asked to do flight trials and most of them died in the fighter testing or the military drills.. sigh for them. My friend said that it was lucky to survive because my friends dad is a tycoon here and bribed the military official not to let my friend join those drills or flight testings.wow look at how dark it is here. hahahah some chinks still laugh at the taiwanese dying in those F-16 flight testings??? why not laugh at your own stupid people’s liberty army??
    awaken to the reality. suckers… this hypocrital government is just brainwashing you and making you blind in front of the real facts.. you dont wanna accep t this .. i am fine with that, cuz i know you will live in the bubble life. good forrrrrrrrrr you

  • fuckchina

    most chinks are just brainwashed by the chinese government.. you cannot blame them. it is not their fault. it is just bad luck for them to born in that dictactorial land.
    i am a chink too and unfortunately, i was born in this piece of ghetto land.
    my army friend told me that the chinese government buried lots of chinese soldiers without going public. why is that? because a lot of chinese soldiers were asked to do flight trials and most of them died in the fighter testing or the military drills.. sigh for them. My friend said that it was lucky to survive because my friends dad is a tycoon here and bribed the military official not to let my friend join those drills or flight testings.wow look at how dark it is here. hahahah some chinks still laugh at the taiwanese dying in those F-16 flight testings??? why not laugh at your own stupid people’s liberty army??
    awaken to the reality. suckers… this hypocrital government is just brainwashing you and making you blind in front of the real facts.. you dont wanna accep t this .. i am fine with that, cuz i know you will live in the bubble life. good forrrrrrrrrr you

  • fuckchina

    most chinks are just brainwashed by the chinese government.. you cannot blame them. it is not their fault. it is just bad luck for them to born in that dictactorial land.
    i am a chink too and unfortunately, i was born in this piece of ghetto land.
    my army friend told me that the chinese government buried lots of chinese soldiers without going public. why is that? because a lot of chinese soldiers were asked to do flight trials and most of them died in the fighter testing or the military drills.. sigh for them. My friend said that it was lucky to survive because my friends dad is a tycoon here and bribed the military official not to let my friend join those drills or flight testings.wow look at how dark it is here. hahahah some chinks still laugh at the taiwanese dying in those F-16 flight testings??? why not laugh at your own stupid people’s liberty army??
    awaken to the reality. suckers… this hypocrital government is just brainwashing you and making you blind in front of the real facts.. you dont wanna accep t this .. i am fine with that, cuz i know you will live in the bubble life. good forrrrrrrrrr you

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  • Gary

    Well it happened to me too just yesterday at the border between China(HeKou) and Vietnam(Sapa). Had to get it replaced for 330Y in Kunming.

  • Gary

    Well it happened to me too just yesterday at the border between China(HeKou) and Vietnam(Sapa). Had to get it replaced for 330Y in Kunming.

  • bob

    I see no wrong for China’s government in doing so. Just think about Jerusalem is painted out of the state of Israel or the New Mexico state is paited different from the other parts of the US.

  • bob

    I see no wrong for China’s government in doing so. Just think about Jerusalem is painted out of the state of Israel or the New Mexico state is paited different from the other parts of the US.

  • bob

    I see no wrong for China’s government in doing so. Just think about Jerusalem is painted out of the state of Israel or the New Mexico state is paited different from the other parts of the US.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Bob – ?
    It’s interesting that you raise that. I, and I believe most israelis, have absolutely no problem whatsoever with whatever travel books writing or painting whatever they want on their book. We would never think about taking away anybody’s books because of our political disagreement with its content.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ fiLi

    Bob – ?
    It’s interesting that you raise that. I, and I believe most israelis, have absolutely no problem whatsoever with whatever travel books writing or painting whatever they want on their book. We would never think about taking away anybody’s books because of our political disagreement with its content.

  • bob

    well, by saying “no wrong” I mean this may seem like an overreaction, but it is not so unreasonable, especially when they are confronted with the overwhelming western media which rarely speak in favor of the mainland China. The so-called absolute freedom of speech and publication has never been part of eastern values. The Chinese traditional values put more emphasis on collective interests, and on this very topic, to my knowledge, the government of PRC is supported by the majority of Chinese people. You may not agree to it, you may even not understand it, but you have to accept this fact in a country with 1.4 billion population. Incidentally, even in Taiwan you can hardly find in an OFFICIAL map the Taiwan island is painted different to the mainland China.

  • bob

    well, by saying “no wrong” I mean this may seem like an overreaction, but it is not so unreasonable, especially when they are confronted with the overwhelming western media which rarely speak in favor of the mainland China. The so-called absolute freedom of speech and publication has never been part of eastern values. The Chinese traditional values put more emphasis on collective interests, and on this very topic, to my knowledge, the government of PRC is supported by the majority of Chinese people. You may not agree to it, you may even not understand it, but you have to accept this fact in a country with 1.4 billion population. Incidentally, even in Taiwan you can hardly find in an OFFICIAL map the Taiwan island is painted different to the mainland China.

  • bob

    well, by saying “no wrong” I mean this may seem like an overreaction, but it is not so unreasonable, especially when they are confronted with the overwhelming western media which rarely speak in favor of the mainland China. The so-called absolute freedom of speech and publication has never been part of eastern values. The Chinese traditional values put more emphasis on collective interests, and on this very topic, to my knowledge, the government of PRC is supported by the majority of Chinese people. You may not agree to it, you may even not understand it, but you have to accept this fact in a country with 1.4 billion population. Incidentally, even in Taiwan you can hardly find in an OFFICIAL map the Taiwan island is painted different to the mainland China.

  • Joanne

    I was traveling in China for a month (mid-April to mid-May, 2008), and I went everywhere with my Lonely Planet China guide. I checked the book after reading this post and, sure enough, Taiwan is a presented as being outside China.

    No one bothered me, and I had that book everywhere I went in China. When I entered and left China, and when I went on domestic flights, the book was in my large handbag or carry-on bag, I don’t remember. I may have even had it in my hand at at times. I guess I just got lucky. Or maybe they stopped caring since this post was written.

  • Joanne

    I was traveling in China for a month (mid-April to mid-May, 2008), and I went everywhere with my Lonely Planet China guide. I checked the book after reading this post and, sure enough, Taiwan is a presented as being outside China.

    No one bothered me, and I had that book everywhere I went in China. When I entered and left China, and when I went on domestic flights, the book was in my large handbag or carry-on bag, I don’t remember. I may have even had it in my hand at at times. I guess I just got lucky. Or maybe they stopped caring since this post was written.

  • Joanne

    I was traveling in China for a month (mid-April to mid-May, 2008), and I went everywhere with my Lonely Planet China guide. I checked the book after reading this post and, sure enough, Taiwan is a presented as being outside China.

    No one bothered me, and I had that book everywhere I went in China. When I entered and left China, and when I went on domestic flights, the book was in my large handbag or carry-on bag, I don’t remember. I may have even had it in my hand at at times. I guess I just got lucky. Or maybe they stopped caring since this post was written.

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