The best China travel stories from around the net

by James Weir
Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Updated: July 13th, 2012 | Comments
China travel features_china travel news_china travel blogs_china travel stories Spring Festival gift 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 our calendars mark the beginning of a new year, and the December gift-giving holidays are behind us, the season of giving is only getting started here in China. Spring Festival marks the celebration of the Chinese New Year, and scores of red envelopes busting with year-end employee bonuses, boxes of tea and cigarettes for the in-laws and other packaged sentiments will exchange hands in the coming weeks. Of course, the subtleties of giving and receiving presents in China are slightly different than elsewhere in the world, so it's important to be conscious of how you carry yourself on both ends of the gift spectrum. For those of us who are etiquette-ignorant, Seeing Red in China has compiled a handy list of things to know about gift giving in China. As is to be expected, the main idea is to be humble and gracious, but there are some peculiarities and customs that are unique to China, so it's a must-see if you're looking to make your mark on someone special this Spring Festival.
  • Though winter can be a chilly time to Tibet anytime soon, it'd be a good idea to check out this list of Tibet and a Chinese visa can be a bureaucratic hassle, traversing the snowy countryside and witnessing the mountain peaks in their wintry splendor will almost certainly yield some astonishing views and more than a handful of memories.
  • While it's not uncommon to see Shanghai residents clad in matching pajamas, it's not everyday that you see those same frugal-fashions next to some of the most expensive clothes on the world market. This collection of photos, taken in Shanghai, provides a unique look at the contrast between high and low end fashion trends in China.
  • The niche-market boutique hotel is a mainstay in Europe and America, but only recently has the phenomena of high-price, high-class boutique hotels taken hold in China. Here is an excellent photo collection of one such hotel, the Waterhouse at South Bund, which is a five-star hotel in a building converted from a Japanese Army headquarters that dates back to the 1930's, and now boasts 19 rooms with original, exposed concrete walls and modern furnishings. Book the Waterhouse hotel on Ctrip today!
  • This week I came across this great article on Taiwan's Orchid Island. The wonderful pictures are enough to make anyone stuck under a grey, Chinese sky jealous of warmer, brighter weather.
  • Finally, for anyone uninitiated in all-things Chinese New Year, take a look at this guide to enjoying the holiday in Beijing. One thing it doesn't mention that I would recommend: avoid direct contact with exploding fireworks. Step away from the fuse, I say.
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