Best of the Net Weekly: Our favorite China travel stories from around the web

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Posted: May 8th, 2011 | Updated: July 25th, 2012 | Comments
China travel features_china travel news_china travel blogs_china travel stories Nujiang river_go kunming We read a lot about travel through the course of one week and after much sifting and sorting, we've rounded up a few of our favorites in one easy catch. From news and reviews to great blog posts, unusual destinations and travel stories, read on for our picks of the week from the China travel net. >>>
  • Get on your bike with GoKunming as Dan Siekman and friends document their trip along China's angriest river, the Nujiang (怒江), taking in the stunning scenery and magnificent biodiversity of the Nujiang Gorge along the way. Here's a taste: "We've finally arrived. In many other situations we would be resenting the 18-hour bus journey we've just taken from Kunming. But we smile and remind ourselves that it has delivered us and our bikes to one of the most breathtaking areas in China..." More >>>
  • At On Ur Way, Shanghai-based Aussie Sasha is suffering from sun, sea and sand withdrawal so sets off along China's lengthy coastline in search of some beach life in China, a country of unknown beaches"When most people think of amazing beach destinations, the places that most often come to mind are Thailand, the Pacific, Australia and the Caribbean, these are places synonymous with beach paradise. One place that is certainly not synonymous with beach paradise is China." More >>>
  • Say it with mud! Yunnan express their wishes for health and happiness by slinging mud, mud, glorious mud at one another in this 4 day carnival that kicked off on May 2, 2011.  More >>>
  • Check out China's latest must-see travel destination... the past! The Straits Times reports on the growing trend for imaginary jaunts into history.  (If you're more of a sci-fi buff however, then David Perry's seen the future—check out this great guide book spoof for visitors to Shanghai circa 2512!) More >>>
  • Setting up a guest house in one of gorgeous southwest China's laidback backpacker favorites like Dali is daydream territory for most of us, but for Brian Keene it's real life. He shares his first hand account of setting up a guesthouse in Xishuangbanna with GoKunming. It goes a little something like this: "The three of us look up and squint into the tropical sun. The hotel's huge; six storeys high, half the length of a football pitch and all baby pink. There's me, my wife Joanna Tinhat, and our business partner, Nuhi Bunyak. We're all foreigners and we want to open our own guesthouse in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna." More >>>
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  • John Giuffo write the Daily Travel Flashback for Forbes and one of the recent entries is from Jennifer Pinkowski, a writer and photographer based in Beijing. Her tour through the city's hutongs led to a great shot of a stark dichotomy. "To me (this picture) depicts a deep paradox of modern China—beauty and ugliness existing in the same space."
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