- Kunming is sunny, laid back and likely has a higher density of dreadlocks than anywhere else in China. This week I also learned that the city boasts a Kunming to at least a baker's dozen.
- Speaking of reasons to head south this chilly winter, I stumbled upon this gem while perusing the China Travel Blog archives: a tale of hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan. Beginning in 2004, rumors swirled and plans were drawn up for a damming project in the region, but word on the street is that the plans have been shelved for now.
- To round out the southern trifecta that I've got here, take a look at Chengdu Living's recent Shenzhen and the Seattle area, his roots and family are in Chengdu. It must be something in the food that's producing all this music and art...
- Nary a week goes by without a relic of ancient China being discovered. This week in unusual finds we see the People's Daily reporting on a strange 131 year old stone tablet found in northern Shanghai. Apparently, it was used to mark a plot of land, but some of the inscriptions on the stone have yet to be deciphered, which has led to "local historians (inviting) local people, especially expats in the city, to provide some clues". Dan Brown, isn't it about time you wrote a book about China, anyway?
- So you've been traveling in China and you're craving a doughnut. I get it—I've been there. If you're not in a major city center, you're probably not going to find a Krispy Kreme or a Dunkin', but if you're in Guangzhou or the surrounding regions, you may be in luck. Isidor's Fugue reports on the status of the Chinese doughnut.
Until we meet again next week, happy travels!Photo courtesy of Robert Lio