The best China travel stories from around the net

by James Weir
Posted: January 4th, 2012 | Updated: July 13th, 2012 | Comments
China travel features_china travel news_china travel blogs_china travel stories Fireworks 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. >>> While many of us have slowed down, taken a break from work and perhaps even stopped functioning professionally entirely, there is at least one thing that hasn't ceased to unfold around the world: news. And while the Western world has largely taken breaks from work, school and the real-world obligations of life, this holiday season has been a reminder that another phenomena will soon take place. I am, of course, talking about the mass-migration of Chinese New Year. Anyone who has lived in China through a winter will recall with vividness the mass-hysteria that surrounds Spring Festival. This year, as Asian Correspondent points out, there are even more restrictions on buying train tickets in China, with measures to prevent ticket scalping and the all-round chaos associated with holiday travel that took effect January 1st. The new rules require identification with any purchase, and limit purchases to five tickets at a time. Here's to hoping that you all can get wherever you're going without too much of a hassle. (More links after the jump... )
  • We all know the Chinese Internet is a place as massive and diverse as the country itself. It is, in fact, so large that at times it's difficult to imagine what that vastness implies. Here is an infographic on the Chinese Internet and the technologies associated with it. We were right. It's huge.
  • Is your real life so exciting that you're bored with television simply because it's flatter than your everyday? Well, worry no longer. CCTV has launched their fist 3D channel. Put on your goggles, soldiers; it's about to get really real.
  • Have you traveled to China, gotten over the holy-crap-this-place-is-so-different phase and now find yourself bored as Hell? Well, if traveling in China isn't doing it for you, perhaps you should consider a career in outer-space aeronautics, because China is planning on sending a crew to the moon. My guess is, no foreigners allowed; but hey, who am I to crush your dreams. We'll leave that to reality.
  • Speaking of foreigners looking for work and adventure in China, there's some new regulation coming down the pipeline. China is set to begin China tourist visas, and as far as I can tell, if stringently implemented would cause a lot of problems for some people I know. Best of luck to you, illegal aliens.
  • Down in Sichuan and looking for something to do? Well, there's always Langzhong, a history-rich little town near Chengdu. GoChengdoo tells us of this perfect place for a weekend getaway; the local food is delicious, the architecture traditional and vibe laid back. I'll take one ticket, please!
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