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

by Sascha Matuszak
Posted: May 22nd, 2011 | Updated: July 25th, 2012 | Comments
retro China 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. From news and reviews to great blog posts, unusual destinations and travel stories, read on for our picks.
  • Ever listen to China retro hits from the 70s and 80s? That happy, bouncing Revolutionary-yet-pleasant bubble-funk? Well that's what the pictures look like in Chengdoo's recent appraisal of David Gleit's work before many of us were here. Or born:
    "American David Gleit was studying Mandarin in Taiwan when the mainland opened its doors to the outside world. He took the opportunity to visit in April and December 1978 and again in the 1980s and has returned periodically ever since. Luckily for us, each time he was armed with a decent camera and documented the changes over the decades."
    Guilin
  • I never get tired of people writing about seeing something for the first time. In Brandon Ferdig's blog about living in Zhuhai, A Minnesotan in China, we get to see those crazy karst peaks all over again, this time as Yangshuo: Earth’s Teeth
  • Well if you didn't make it to one of the music festivals this spring, then I suppose the best you can do is check the playlist and start downloading. While you wait for the tracks you can read this Shanghai Midi Festival 2011 Wrap Up by Sasha from Shanghainovice.
  • So many of China's best tourist sites are actually old capitals or imperial summer retreats that have been forgotten or ignored for the past 30 years. Chengde, just north of Beijing, qualifies as one of those types and TimeOut fleshes that description out here, in Chengde: A royal treatment in China's ancient second city
  • Ah, the evolution of the monied class. It's good for us all, isn't it? They've figured out that mindless consumption is not as cool as posting up pictures of your travels. The Wall Street Journal is all over it with China’s Rich: Status Is Out, Travel Is In
  • In related news, the great steampunk/East Village art community over at 696 Weihai Lu has been evicted, but not before throwing a massive party. And it doesn't matter anyway, as Shanghai 24/7 writes: 696 Weihai Lu - The End But A New Beginning
  • Now's the time to leave China, open a hostel in the Caribbean and write travel stories about local destinations in Chinese. Millions, brother. Millions. The Sydney Morning Herald lays out the opportunities available to the enterprising individual in this story: Get ready for the tourist gold rush.
Let us know of your own favorite posts from around the interwebs... or just let us know about your site if you think you've got some great stuff on your site having to do with things to see and do in and around China.
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