- Speaking of caves, I was taken in by this interesting article on the Yan'an in the wake of the Long March, I had not realized that many still resided in similar locales. Personal highlight of the article: a three room, one bathroom, 750 sq ft (70 sq m) cave can sell for $46,000. Who knew?!
- This Shanghai photo essay isn't new to the Internet, but it's new to me so it's making this week's cut nonetheless. The series, taken by photographer Victor Garrido, does a wonderful job capturing the city on a scale that is alternately grandiose and minute. Well worth a look.
- I'd like to think of myself as an adventurous traveler (I'd like to think of myself as a lot of generous things, come to think of it), but every time I hear from a friend who has traveled through Xinjiang, I am humbled. Not for the faint of heart, it's the difficulty and remoteness of Xinjiang that seems to yield the richest rewards. This week we have some Great Firewall—you'll need a proxy or VPN in China). Get bold and get there.
- Shanghai is getting a Shanghai. The more underground infrastructure we have when the aliens lay the world under siege the better, I say.
- As springtime seems to race across the Mainland with a more-than-welcome fury, vacation seems to be a popular topic of conversation. GoChengdoo has gone ahead and added to the wealth of great Qingming Festival travel ideas with this photograph-heavy profile of Lugu Lake.
Until we meet again next week, happy travels!