The best China travel stories from around the net

by James Weir
Posted: May 11th, 2012 | Updated: July 25th, 2012 | Comments
China travel features_china travel news_china travel blogs_china travel stories Chinese fiction 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. >>> Earlier this week, I took a look at two pieces of contemporary Chinese fiction in translation, and it lit a bit of a literary-fire under my tush. So I did what any product of my generation would do: I asked the Internet about Chinese fiction in translation. I am pleased to report that the Google turned up a variety of interesting things to read. I was particularly fond of this article by Brendan O'Kane, which was written in response to the controversy surrounding last month's London Book Fair (which had a focus on Chinese literature), and ultimately moves into a long, interesting look at a a few Chinese authors. Definitely a good read, and includes a couple links to translated works (some free, some for sale). After the jump, more of our favorite China stories.>>>>
  • Spring has been blossoming for some time now, and the dazzling, temperate sunshine has yet to be replaced with the thick cloak of summer heat and humidity we all know is imminent. Here in Shanghai, there is no better weather for wandering the city and discovering it's unexpected delights, be it a hidden patch of shaded grass or a beautiful 1930's Art Deco building. If you're looking for a little guidance, CNNGo has an idea or three about where to go, with this walking tour of Shanghai's French Concession.
  • If you're bustling about Sichuan and looking for a place to pop-in for a little taste of restored-history, there's always the Chengdu. At the bottom of the story there's a helpful list of useful phrases and addresses to help out the more Mandarin-challenged travelers.
  • James Fallows' new book on the booming aviation industry in China, China Airborne, comes out this month. In preparation for its release, there is this fantastic account of a thrilling flight through the mountains of Hunan.
  • If you are living and working in China in legally-questionable way, now might be a good time to get your ducks in a row. It looks like the government is continuing to visa rules and regulations post.
  • You will not find me driving recklessly on this crazy highway in Hunan anytime soon. Slow and steady is the name of the game.
  • Want to see the Terracotta Warriors but find yourself limited by the slight problem of not being in China? Well, if you're in New York, you can visit "Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor", an exhibit that runs through the end of August at Discovery Times Square in Manhattan. It's certainly not as cool as seeing them in Xi'an, but it's still pretty cool.
  • These high-quality panoramic Shanghai picture (towards the bottom right of the image). Amazing!
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