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. >>>
There's nothing quite like the smell of fall. That cool, semi-sweet smelling breeze that's just chill enough to warrant a sweater, but still poses no real threat to your comfort. It marks the switch from iced coffee to hot espresso, from sweating glasses of iced tea to steaming mugs held close and gripped tight in both hands.
Of course, there are certain foods that don't suit humid, steamy summer days. The smell and feel of fall awakens dormant culinary cravings in all of us and as always, there's a solution to be found on the streets of China. It's time to enjoy hearty (and often greasy) food without feeling like some sort of deranged, sweaty beast: lethargic, hot and full. Over at Shanghai Foodist, Jake deLois points us in the direction of the barrels of baked sweet potatoes that have once more returned to the streets of Shanghai. Those vaguely toxic looking, rusted would-be trash bins emit billows of the sweetest smelling smoke I have ever laid nostrils on. After reading about those delightful potatoes, I was also happy to see Jake singing the praises of my favorite style of dumpling, guotie (guōtiē, 锅贴), in his blog about eating in Shanghai. This week I was also turned onto Sinosplice, a great blog about life and language in China, where a Shanghai resident has been posting his tips and experiences for the better part of a decade. I was particularly drawn in by this discussion of ways to say hello in China. It's a great post, and there's a spirited discussion in the comments section that provides even further insight—it's clear that the readers are involved, interested and knowledgeable. Sinosplice has also scored some bonus points on my end with this post, Camus on China, just because Albert Camus is awesome. Enough said.
Next up we've got Anshun (Ānshùn, 安顺), plus we have another installment of Go Chendoo's Sichuan Old Towns. This week they've covered Jiezi (Chóngzhōu Jiēzi Gǔzhèn, 崇州街子古镇), filling you in on what to see, what to do and how to get there.