The best China travel stories from around the net

by James Weir
Posted: November 21st, 2011 | Updated: January 9th, 2012 | Comments
China travel features_china travel news_china travel blogs_china travel stories Xinjiang yurts 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. >>> Those of us who have heard of Xinjiang have probably been told similar things: rugged, extreme weather, vastly different terrains and climates, Uyghur people and cuisine, but another constant in everything I've heard or read about heading out to Xinjiang is this: that you reap the rewards of difficult travel in a very big way. The dividends include, but certainly aren't limited to, stunningly gorgeous terrain, ferocious weather that is beautiful in its severity, an interesting culture unique to China and much, much more. This week I was lucky enough to stumble across a great article on VPN or proxy in China). It's well written, has great tips on what to do and what to avoid and provides a great outsider's perspective on the best way to discover Xinjiang. To take a tour or not to take a tour? You'll have to read the article to find out.
  • Go Kunming is once again dropping some travel knowledge, this time with a great piece about Sichuan.
  •  Speaking of Sichuan, websites that start with "Go" and awesome things, Go Chengdoo has taken the initiative to provide some crucial information and photographs of the intriguing grottoes of Anyue.
  • In case you were wondering why those noodles you've been smashing on at 2am are so dang good, here's the reason: the Chinese have had more practice than most, as it appears that the Song Dynasty. Take that France!
  • If you've noticed some strange things happening on the Chinese Internet of late, it may not be your 1996 Compaq Presario that's causing the problems. It appears that the Chinese internet is becoming increasingly harmonized, and the Great Firewall is being fortified. Bummer for those of you trying to look at pictures of your exes on Facebook.
  • Are you thinking about buying a car in China, but you don't know what kind of stereotypes are associated with individual brands and makes? Well, then you're in luck, because the New York Times has gone ahead and explained all you need to know about conveying the proper message with cars in China.
  • Now that you've got your dope ride, isn't it about time you bought some property in China? Well, maybe not. Over at Chengdu Living, Sascha explains what's really happening in China's real estate bubble.
  • If you're trying to floss on some executives and impress them with your sophisticated taste, look no further than this list of the best hotels for meetings in Shanghai. With a couple successful meet-n'-greets under your belt, you'll be driving a Buick like the big guns in no time.
  • If, like me, you've always blindly assumed Wal-Mart was the worst corporation in the history of corporations, perhaps it's time to begin to reassess these assumptions. Wal-Mart is still fairly evil (and most certainly awfully, soul-crushingly-lit with terrible fluorescent lights), but this article on over charging, under paying image of Wal-Mart in China seen at the beginning of this year! Enjoy.
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