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

by Sascha Matuszak
Posted: May 15th, 2011 | Updated: July 25th, 2012 | Comments
Seeing red in China_Huaxi 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. >>>
  • Seeing Red in China's Tom is a glutton for weird and amazing spots around China and in his recent post, China Blogger Spotlight... and if you're asking "why La La Land," think of a "village" that claims to be building the ninth-tallest building in the world, where it would seem the cash-flush local government "is irradiating villagers just to show off.")
  • Tired of drinking at the same old hole? Been in Beijing too long and feel like "you've seen it all?" Well peep Time Out Beijing's Top 10 Unusual Bars in Beijing and if these are all still usual for you, then maybe you have been here too long...
  • Sounds like Richard over at Notes from Xian has a crush. His recent post, Sue Ann Tay's Shanghai Stories in Pictures is readable both for the fantastic pics and his enthusiastic copy about this very talented lady.
  • In a country of 1.3 billion and counting, you wouldn't be out of line to assume that every single road has seen a pair of feet in the last 24 hours. But in this little Tipi Backpacking ditty, Xinjiang, Tibet, Yunnan and Sichuan that remain dusty for long stretches of time.
  • Chengdu is already a city surrounded by wide expanses of green land--in pretty much any direction the land rises up into hills coursed with rivers. But that's just not enough and in this Go Chengdoo article we learn of plans to encase Chengdu city in a belt of green, as the author examines efforts aimed at increasing the livability of one of China's fastest growing metropolises.
  • And last but not least, according to People's Daily, Shanghai and Beijing has begun trial operations. Due to cut travel time between the country's two largest cities to five hours, it should be zipping passengers up and down the country by end of June 2011.

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