- Most foreigners who Macau. With gambling, delicious Portuguese food and a black sand beach, it's a heckuva place. One thing most don't consider is that Chinese citizens cannot visit Macau, a region governed much like Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) with its own immigration policies (there are, of course, loopholes and a large portion of Macau's residents are Mainland born. But as a general rule, Mainland citizens are not allowed to travel to Macau).
- The Tibetan people endure. Though each day their way of life becomes more and more antiquated, the toughness of the Tibetan spirit and their ability to sustain communities in the face of some of the harshest climates on the planet is simply astonishing. The nomads of the Tibetan plateau are perhaps some of the most mythical seeming peoples that remain in China today; they ride the grasslands like wraiths, elusive and ever becoming more so.
- The minority peoples of China are diverse and scattered across this huge country. The Qiang people reside mostly in northern Sichuan, in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. This article from GoChengdoo, about the Qiang culture, is illuminating and entertaining.
- Here's one man's tale of traveling to Taiwan for the holidays. This link is for the second part of a three part series—make sure to check them all out.
- If you're in Jianshui and looking for something to do, make sure you don't miss the Qing-era family's skill at profiting from trade, and stands today as an indication of the opulence the wealthy enjoyed even many centuries ago.
- Moving to Chengdu? Well, then you're probably going to want to check out these Chengdu resident and posted on arguably the best Chengdu-related website out there, it's an indispensable resource for China-newcomers. Also, if you're moving to Chengdu, do yourself a favor and join Chengdu Living's forum.
Until we meet again next week, happy travels!Photo courtesy of boy_fromOz