Lonely Planet. LP. When it comes to traveling, I seem to put a lot of faith in the latest version of Lonely Planet, the ultimate travel guide. CET sent every student a copy and it is, at times, the best and worst thing to happen to travel. It’s great to get recommendations but sometimes people aren’t willing to try something off the beaten path (i.e. not in the book). Like try some street food for once…
I’ve been spending time trying to test LP on some of their recommendations. So far, they are dead-on with accommodations (minus one closure) and pretty accurate with eating selections. That said, the most slipups have been in the transportation column since China transport is all over the place. For instance, LP suggests taking the 5 Bus and connecting to the 6 bus in order to get to Dragon Gate Grotto in Kunming. Alas, 5 Bus does not connect with 6 bus. After some asking around, one should actually take the 54.K2 bus which connects all the way to the 6 but does not start in the same place as the 5. It’s hard writing for a year in advance, and I give LP lots of credit for getting so much right.
And that is part of the fun: trying to find and do what LP tells you to do. Sometimes it works out but sometimes it doesn’t but you always come pretty close… Either way, it’s almost a necessity to travel with a copy especially if you’re spending only a few days in one place.
Picture of the Day: the actual Dragon Gate.