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The best China travel stories from around the net | Bamboo Compass

The best China travel stories from around the net

by James Weir
Posted: March 26th, 2012 | Updated: March 26th, 2012 | Comments
China travel features_china travel news_china travel blogs_china travel stories 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. >>> What to do in Hong Kong Hong Kong is an exciting city: cars whiz around steep, crowded corners (and even, some might say, on the wrong side of the road!); skyscrapers vault upwards; the mountain underneath the city climbs towards Victoria Peak; walkways crisscross overhead, packed with commuters and tourists; the harbor and surrounding sea is a steel-grey testament to the power of industry with cranes, docks and ships coming and going; and the nighttime skyline is neon, massive and stunning. With so much going on in a city with a minute geographical footprint (and one that isn't particularly conducive to construction, at that), it's no surprise that good use of space is on the minds of city officials and residents alike. In a move that seems more likely-suited for an awesome 90's Hollywood thriller, the Hong Kong government is increasingly looking to utilize underground structures to house essential city services (like sewage treatment plants, for instance) as the island continues to be too full of people and far too many buildings. Plus, when the alien invasion comes and we're forced to fight to the death against interplanetary invaders, the reinforced, well-ventilated underground caverns will be the perfect place to stage mankind's final stand. You don't stand a chance, aliens. Read on after the jump for more....
  • 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!

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