6. What to do in Chengdu
Not long after stepping off the plane from Chengdu, where he'd been Sascha Matuszak whipped up an insider's guide to Chengdu that's seen great traffic and a number of comments on practical matters of the best places to stay and what to do—especially if, like Sascha, you like to travel cheap and sink as deeply into local life as possible.
7. Casual foodie Caroline Berg's Laowai Telegraph blog
The China Travel Blogger Spotlight shines on Beijing-based Caroline Berg. With interests ranging from food to figure skating, and an overall insatiable curiosity, Laowai Telegraph is a great read for anyone looking for some insight into authentic Chinese life from the perspective of a born-and-bred American who's been studying Chinese since kindergarten.
8. Surfing Hangzhou! Riding the Qiantang Tidal Bore
Outdoor adventure sports fan Aimee Groom heads to Hangzhou to watch a massive wall of water come rushing down the Qiantang River as it has for centuries... only this time around, world-class surfers are aboard and showing off their sport to thousands of onlookers.
9. Sinan Mansions raises the luxury stakes in Shanghai
With Expo on, Shanghai's construction of brand-new world-class infrastructure and buildings hit a feverish pace. Of course, when the new comes in, the old goes out, which has meant that the city's emergence as a premier global playground for the luxury-minded rich often comes at the expense of old Shanghai charm. Sinan Mansions, however, follows the trend set by Xiantandi of renovating old buildings, especially classic shikumen lane houses, foreign concession-era villas and Shanghai Art Deco apartment buildings, transforming them from tumble-down crowded local residences into high-end shopping, entertainment and residential areas. Of course, as we find, such orchestrated gentrification is not without controversy and nostalgia for what's lost....
10. Randomwire: Blogging on China, high tech & travel from Shenzhen
David Gilbert blogs from Shenzhen on life in China and in the tech biz. He's also an avid traveler and photographer, and his China Travel Blogger Spotlight interview sheds light on all of his interests. Check Randomwire out for the latest...