The China Travel Blog's top 10 of 2010 (part 1)

by China Travel
Posted: December 28th, 2010 | Updated: June 1st, 2011 | Comments
Yao Ming The 2010 Shanghai Expo was a gigantic story of course, and our guide to queue dodging at Expo is among our top posts, followed closely by Nice Curves! Expo 2010 Shanghai’s 5 Sexiest Pavilions (see all our Shanghai Expo coverage). But beyond Expo what was big? From practical updates on obtaining a Chinese visa to travelogues reporting top destinations and way-off-the-beaten-path discoveries alike, we covered a lot of ground. Many of our best posts came from our China Blogger Spotlight and China Through My Lens series, where travelers from around the world share their experiences of living, playing and working in China in pictures and images, the most popular of which are listed below. And so, without further ado, we go to the first five of our top 10 traffic-gainers for 2010... A kitesurfer chills out on the beach in Xiamen (Photo by Marie Houzard)

1. China Visa news & you

The latest in our ever-popular series of updates on how to get a Chinese visa with minimum hassle and the best results (thanks to visa inside-infomaniacs Magic and Yuri and special thanks to all the people who posted comments and answered questions!)

2. China's kitesurfing scene heats up in Fujian

Taken as a whole--which is exactly how experts recommend you take it--is Aimee Groom's in-depth multi-part travelogue on Fujian province's windy beaches and the adventure-lovers who risk life & limb by letting gusts shoot them great heights into the air above rugged waves with surfboards strapped to their feet. (Nice thing is, you can always just opt to watch from your chaise lounge with a cold drink in your hand).

3. Fear (with only a smidge of loathing) in Dali: Partying at the Snow Mountain Music Festival

Stephan Larose heads to Yunnan over the October 1 National Day holiday in search of good music, good people, and, hopefully, no machete-wielding vengeance-minded maniac locals. He finds what he's after (eventually)!

 

at work in nyc2, Sandy Ley, Phat in Shanghai

4. Top China bloggers talk travel, living and working in China

Our series of China Blogger Spotlights has introduced a diverse group of folks blogging about living and traveling in China. Two in particular gave us interviews that dropped a lot of traffic on our little plot of Internet real estate.

A virtual tie in numbers of hits, New Yorker Sandy Ley looked back on her time living in Shanghai, where she launched Phat in Shanghai, while Swede Jonna Wibelius chatted with us about her experiences traveling in China and studying the language and culture on her blog, SHEinChina.

5. Photographers on favorite China photos

Avid amateurs and professional photogs alike have been kind enough to share their favorite travel pictures from around China with us. The China Through My Lens series is an ongoing site favorite.

In 2010, two posts were neck-and-neck for the honor of gaining the most views: Jonah Kessel's favorites from all over the country on assignment for China Daily and Jeff Tan's vivid Kashgar photos.

So much for the first half of our top 10 for 2010... we'll finish the list off tomorrow, so stay tuned and keep traveling, people!

 

Shanghai Expo UAE pavilion
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