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Welcome To Hell: Chinese Lunar New Year Travel Madness

Welcome To Hell: Chinese Lunar New Year Travel Madness Looking for a nice, quiet place for a late winter holiday this week? Then why not celebrate the Lunar New Year in China, along with a billion plus new friends, many of whom will hit the road to see family members during the chunyun or spring festival travel season that runs...

Photo Of The Day: The Shanghai Tower Rises

Photo Of The Day: The Shanghai Tower Rises Today's Photo Of The Day comes from Lawrence Wang, who captured this astounding image of the Shanghai Tower currently under construction. After its completion, the Shanghai Tower will be the tallest building in China and second tallest building in the world, after the...

The Solution To China's Smog Problem? Fresh Air In A Can!

The Solution To China's Smog Problem? Fresh Air In A Can! By now I'm sure you've all read the reports of just how horrible the air quality in China has become. The smog has gotten so bad in Beijing, for example, that it has delayed flights, shrouded skyscrapers like fog and prompted health warnings for those venturing outside. But...

7 Free (Or Nearly Free) Things To Do In Hong Kong

7 Free (Or Nearly Free) Things To Do In Hong Kong By many measures, Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world. But for every five-star hotel, luxury boutique and gourmet restaurant, there's a budget room, quaint flea market and cheap dimsum stand waiting in the wings. In fact, apart from high...

Photo Of The Day: Photographs In Chang Le

Photo Of The Day: Photographs In Chang Le As travelers, we often enter communities, take photographs and then leave, content with the moments we have captured on film. But what happens when a photographer returns and shares his photographs with their subjects? That's what Flickr user Bernard-SD did after a...

Record Pollution Suffocates Beijing, China (PHOTOS)

Record Pollution Suffocates Beijing, China (PHOTOS) If you're looking to visit Beijing, China, in the near future you might want to consider packing a face mask in your suitcase. According to the Associated Press, one of the worst rounds of air pollution is currently engulfing the population there, keeping schoolchildren...

Video: A Sublime Disruption

"A Sublime Disruption" from Gareth Nolan on Vimeo. Gareth Nolan shot this short film, "A Sublime Disruption," during a trip around the world he took in 2011. "This video is not about the places I visited, but merely an attempt to evoke the feeling of wonder and...

The World's Largest Sound And Light Show: Hong Kong's Symphony Of Lights (VIDEO)

The World's Largest Sound And Light Show: Hong Kong's Symphony Of Lights (VIDEO) Each evening at the stroke of 8 p.m., Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour is illuminated with a cacophony of dancing lights and laser beams, accompanied by a blaring soundtrack of synthesized music. It's the Hong Kong Tourism Commission's Symphony of Lights, a wonderfully...

Illegal Ivory Trade Surged To Highest Level Ever In 2011

Illegal Ivory Trade Surged To Highest Level Ever In 2011 A new report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) indicates that the illegal ivory trade has risen to its highest point in two decades following a sharp upturn in seizure of large shipments of the elephant tusks in recent years. The same...

Hong Kong Will Ring In The New Year In Style

Hong Kong Will Ring In The New Year In Style With the New Year nearly upon us, I'm sure many of you have already made plans for how you will be celebrating its arrival. But visitors to Hong Kong are in for a particular treat this year, as the city welcomes 2013 with an impressive display of fireworks that will also...

Budget Hong Kong: Coward's Route To Victoria Peak

Budget Hong Kong: Coward's Route To Victoria Peak The tram to the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The elevators to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The Santorini cable car. Any ski lift, anywhere. They're memorable travel experiences, sure. But they're also experiences that strike anxiety into the hearts of...

Budget Hong Kong: Journey To The Past At The Hong Kong Museum Of History

Budget Hong Kong: Journey To The Past At The Hong Kong Museum Of History "The Hong Kong Story," a permanent exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of History, isn't your standard collection of artifacts. Chronicling more than 6,000 years of natural and cultural history, the massive exhibition occupies eight galleries across nearly 23,000 square...

Video Of The Day: Where The Water Settles

"Where the Water Settles" from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo. I can't get enough of the videos from The Perennial Plate and this newest video, "Where The Water Settles," just reiterates that fact for me. The way in which Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine approach traveling...

Budget Hong Kong: Renting A Room At The Notorious Chungking Mansions

Budget Hong Kong: Renting A Room At The Notorious Chungking Mansions There are two types of travelers: those who would go out of their way to avoid a place like Hong Kong's notorious Chungking Mansions – and those who would elect to stay there. I'd probably put myself somewhere in the middle. Nestled between luxury emporiums...

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013 I'm the kind of person who can conjure up an excuse to visit just about any place. I grew up in Buffalo, America's most unfairly maligned city, and so I identify with underdog destinations – places with bad weather, crime, ugly people, rude people, you name it and I...

Budget Hong Kong: The Best Cheap Eats For Under US$5 A Bite

Budget Hong Kong: The Best Cheap Eats For Under US$5 A Bite Tourists come to Hong Kong for a number of reasons: business, shopping, sightseeing. Me? I came to eat. I have long heard about Hong Kong's famed cuisine, with its unique blend of Chinese, Western, Japanese, Southeast Asian and international influences. The city...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: I Was Once An 'Ilegal Immigrant' In China (Part 2 of 2)

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: I Was Once An 'Ilegal Immigrant' In China (Part 2 of 2) Read Part One of This Story The Urumqi Airport Aviation Hotel had a huge bug zapper behind the reception desk that gave off a piercing blue glow. I was handed a room key and a glossy brochure that brightened my mood considerably. "Built in 1974, Airport Hotel locates...

Man Wears 70 Items Of Clothing To Avoid Baggage Fees

Man Wears 70 Items Of Clothing To Avoid Baggage Fees An air traveler ended up wearing 70 items of clothing in an effort to avoid extra baggage charges at an airport in China. Digital Spy says a local paper reported that an unidentified passenger at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport took out and wore more than 60...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: I Was Once An 'Illegal Immigrant' In China (Part 1 of 2)

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: I Was Once An 'Illegal Immigrant' In China (Part 1 of 2) After three months of arduous solo travel along the Silk Road, I was ready to cross my final frontier. I'd been forced to deviate from my plan to travel overland from Cairo to Shanghai, and was on a Xinjiang Airlines flight from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to the Chinese city of...

The Kimchi-ite: Life As A Foreigner In Asia

The Kimchi-ite: Life As A Foreigner In Asia As a tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, white American living in Asia, I tend to stand out in a crowd. It's an interesting and bizarre thing that has become a part of my everyday life. Even living in Seoul, one of the biggest cities in the world, where more and more people...

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