We read a lot about travel over 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. >>>
We've put together a nice little list this week from around the Web. There's some Shanghai stuff, some Taiwan stuff and a bit on the History of China in 3 1/2 minutes, among other goodies. Keep reading for the links....
The first link of the week came to me from Mike Mason, a teacher working in Quanzhou, Fujian Province who is writing for the folks back home in the US. It's always heartwarming to read a China travel account from a newcomer, one whose interpersonal relationships are all rewarding and for whom China might just be "the Spot." Read all about it at the Cumberland Times-News site in this bit: "Competition fierce among Chinese students." And read on for more on China from around the Net....
Scientists, Facebook, Taiwan, vanishing Shanghai and 5,000 years of history cut down to 3 1/2 minutes
I also liked this story from the NYT Jiuzhaigou in Aba Prefecture checking out hanging terraces. It's such an obscure research project: Did the people there build homes on the site of ancient landslides, and what does that mean? And not only are they busy every day, but these researchers get to stay in one of China's most beautiful areas—think, say, of Yellowstone or Glacier National Park in the USA—while they work.
And a tidbit from Sichuan: It seems that the Chengdu's Municipal government is the first in China to realize the power of Western social media. That's right, Chengdu has joined Facebook... a step forward, even if their home site seems quite backward (and even if their Facebook page is blocked by the Great Firewall).
Meanwhile, Nankai Rob over at Easternity has a very funny post about going to Taiwan with his Mainland students. The man can paint quite a picture, so check it out at Taiwan, Part 8: Going Someplace, Outdoor Markets that Don’t Suck, Forgetfulness and Mountains. His post on buying books in Taipei that are banned in the PRC is also worth a read.
Two Shanghai stories also got my attention. Once again, Shanghai Novice scores, this time with a post on Xinchang Watertown. And another interesting Shanghai blog, Isodor's Fugue (VPN required), does a nice job on the ongoing saga of the vanishing neighborhoods of old Shanghai.
Next up, a few media links. eRenlai.com features a blurb on Taiwanese folk musicians in "A Moving Sound: A Different Approach to The Tradition" that includes downloads and links to more music.
And VPN required) And finally, check out Lukewrites.com, source of the photo of a sleeping train traveler that appears above, for a fine blog about China that focuses on photography and teaching English in China, among other things.
Drop us a line in the comment box below with your own favorites from around the Net, and come back next week for more from me and my fellow travelers at ChinaTravel.net....