- I do my fair share of China-watching, and what with all the political hubbub recently, most of the China-related content floating around on the Internet has been less travelogue and more political gossip and speculation. But despair not, for many travel unimpeded by wild weibo rumors and political intrigue. As the city of Chongqing continues to reel in the political wake of the Bo family and their exploits, river cruises depart uninhibited. On the blog Bohemian Traveler, Stephen Bugno shares with us his story about cruising on the Yangtze.
- The subway infrastructure in China is expanding rapidly with many cities already well tunneled under, but what many of the mainland metro stations lack is flair. Much of the colorful Hong Kong MTR, though, is awash in vivid hues that seem to range the entire spectrum. Hong Kong's underground.
- Is all that money weighing down your pockets and becoming a pesky nuisance? Do you need to take a weekend off and bathe in garish opulence while throwing money around like it's 2007 and you work for Goldman Sachs? If so, you should probably go to Macau, which continues to be the most profitable gambling haven in the world. Evan Osnos of The New Yorker recently profiled the businesses, citizens and major players in Macau's gambling world. Las Vegas, watch out—you don't stand a chance.
- In Shanghai, the future site of Pudong Disneyland is almost ready for large-scale construction. The reclaimed swamps of Pu-Jersey (as "in the know" people call the lands east of the Huangpu River) are in the final stages of being flattened and prepared for the major overhaul that will be required to build the theme park, and is tentatively scheduled to open in 2015.
- This Beijing.
Until next time, travel well!