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By 2016, the Chinese Will Spend More on Business Travel than Americans

By 2016, the Chinese Will Spend More on Business Travel than Americans Oct 29th, 2013 at 11:56AM: As China grows, so does how much the country's inhabitants travel, especially when it comes to business travel. While the United States has lead the pack in terms of spending on business travel, Americans are about to be overtaken by the Chinese: by 2016 China will have the world's largest business travel market, according to Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). What does that...

Magic Restroom Cafe: Would You Pay To Eat On A Toilet?

Magic Restroom Cafe: Would You Pay To Eat On A Toilet? Oct 15th, 2013 at 4:15PM: (Video: Another restaurant taking advantage of the restroom-themed dining craze.) Perhaps the Magic Restroom Cafe is magical in part because it has done something other restaurants have yet to do: require patrons to sit on a toilet while they dine. According to the restaurant's owner, Yo Yo Li, restroom-themed restaurants have been a hit so far in her native China and Taiwan. Their surprising...

Don't Pee In Pools And Other Guidelines For Chinese Tourists

Don't Pee In Pools And Other Guidelines For Chinese Tourists Oct 3rd, 2013 at 1:00PM: Bob Gaffney, Flickr Picking your nose in public and stealing life jackets might be acceptable behavior in China, but it'll be frowned upon elsewhere in the world. That's the advice being doled out to Chinese tourists heading abroad. The country's National Tourism Administration put together a 64-page booklet called The Guidebook For Civilized Tourism to teach its citizens the dos and don'ts of...

Killer Hornets Are Taking Over China - and Europe Might be Next

Killer Hornets Are Taking Over China - and Europe Might be Next Oct 1st, 2013 at 11:45AM: woodleywonderworks, Flickr Planning a trip to China soon? Watch out for killer hornets. It's not just the country's pollution that's bad for you; Asian giant hornets have been making their way into Shaanxi Province recently, and at the size of your thumb, they're not only a threat to local honeybees but humans as well. The hornets can actually be fatal, and the stats aren't encouraging. In city...

Chinese Tourists: An International Love-Hate Relationship

Sep 17th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Dan Levin wrote a compelling piece for the New York Times about Chinese tourists. The reports are in and it's now official: the Chinese spend the most on tourism in the world. They outspent both Americans and Germans last year when they collectively dished out $102 billion abroad. Americans have long been one of the most wooed and simultaneously resented (as worded in Levin's title) tourists...

Rampant Airport Delays Lead to Violence in China

Rampant Airport Delays Lead to Violence in China Sep 16th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr user gomattolson Although the number of airline passengers has skyrocketed over the past decade, China's infrastructure has been unable to keep the pace. And as the number of delayed flights have risen, so too have the accounts of passenger brawls and acts of civil disobedience. The problem has gotten so bad, the employees of at least one Hong Kong airline are learning kung fu as self...

New Museum Will Be So Big China Needs To Build An Island For It

New Museum Will Be So Big China Needs To Build An Island For It Aug 23rd, 2013 at 5:13PM: Photo Credit: MAD Architects China recently announced it had built the biggest building in the world and now it's set to build a massive art gallery to house its national treasures. At more than 430,000 square feet, the Pingtan Art Museum will be the largest private art museum in Asia. In fact, the art gallery is so big that China will create an artificial island on which to place it. The...

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names?

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names? Aug 15th, 2013 at 1:30PM: EndonymMap.com You booked a trip to Germany, so why does your passport stamp say Deutschland? Your name didn't change from John to Johann, so why should the country's name change? If you've ever wondered why countries go by different names in different languages, you can check out the Endonym map, that displays each country by their own name. Endonyms are a country's name within its own borders...

Hot Travel Trend: K-Pop Style Wedding Photography in South Korea

Hot Travel Trend: K-Pop Style Wedding Photography in South Korea Aug 12th, 2013 at 3:30PM: one-11, Flickr We've all heard of destination weddings, but would you travel to another country just to have your wedding photos taken? That's the latest travel trend in Asia as increasing numbers of well-to-do Chinese couples head to South Korea to have their marriage immortalized on film. Some Chinese feel that South Korea is more sophisticated when it comes to things like fashion, makeup and...

What's Making Chinese Travelers So Angry?

Aug 5th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Air travel delays in China are becoming epidemic. According to an article published today in Time, only 18 percent of flights departing from Beijing in June took off on time. Chinese travelers are understandably frustrated with this problem, but their collective anger has taken a turn for the worse. Physical altercations, as seen in the video above, and arguments between travelers and...

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Gibnews.net, Wikimedia Commons Spain is being accused of intentionally holding tourists in long lines as they make their way back from day tripping in Gibraltar. The British Overseas Territory claims the traffic jam -- which has so far affected more than 10,000 vehicles -- has been deliberately orchestrated because of a disagreement over a creation of an artificial reef in territorial waters. Of...

China's State-Controlled Media Recommends Top 10 Nude Beaches

China's State-Controlled Media Recommends Top 10 Nude Beaches Jul 17th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Looking for nude beach recommendations this summer? You probably wouldn't think to consult Xinhua, China's state-controlled press agency, but here comes editor Yang Yi's list of their "Top Ten Sexy Nudist Bathing Spots Around the World." I stumbled across the link to the slideshow while checking out an article about their new English language travel website and had a few good laughs reading the...

Photo Of The Day: Yubeng Water Works

Photo Of The Day: Yubeng Water Works Jul 13th, 2013 at 6:00PM: James Wheeler, Flickr This Photo of the Day, titled "Yubeng Water Works," comes from Gadling Flickr pool member James Wheeler who captions the image: "If you've been following my photos, by now you know I am a big fan of Norther Yunnan in China. This photo is of the water system in Yubeng. These pipes bring fresh ... cold water to the houses in the small town." Want to be featured? Upload...

China's Smog Problem Slashes Half A Decade Off Life Expectancy

China's Smog Problem Slashes Half A Decade Off Life Expectancy Jul 10th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Benjamin Vander Steen, Flickr We've shown you the dramatic images of smog-filled Beijing before, but it's only now becoming apparent just how deadly China's air pollution actually is. A new study has revealed that air pollution in northern China has reduced the life expectancy of locals by about five and a half years. The findings are the result of a major study by a team of international...

Video Of The Day: Algae Swamps Chinese Beach

Video Of The Day: Algae Swamps Chinese Beach Jul 8th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Thick waves of green growth are washing onto the shores of China's yellow sea. A massive bloom, caused by an abundance of nitrogen and other nutrients, has turned beaches into massive patches of seaweed shag carped. The algae poses a hazard to marine life in the sea, but it's non-poisonus to humans. Which is good, because beachgoers have taken a liking to the green stuff. As workers slowly...

Video Of The Day: Holding Hands With Strangers In NYC And China

Jul 3rd, 2013 at 6:00PM: You could call Andrew Hales a comedian. You could call Andrew Hales a people person. No matter what you call him, he has a good thing going: filming himself holding hands with strangers (or attempting to) in different places around the globe. The group he pulls these stunts off with is called Losing All Hope Was Freedom. In this video, Hales is getting to know the people of Chengdu, China,...

China Opens 'World's Largest Building'

China Opens 'World's Largest Building' Jul 2nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Getty A mammoth new business and entertainment space opened in Chengdu, China, this past weekend, snagging the "largest building in the world" title. Inside the New Century Global Center you'll find everything from hotels and offices to a replica Mediterranean village, a pirate ship and a palm tree-strewn water park. Check out photos of the new center here. The building is huge (18.94...

Nine Foreign Tourists Killed In Pakistan

Nine Foreign Tourists Killed In Pakistan Jun 24th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi, Flickr Gunmen stormed a Himalayan base camp in northern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 11 people, among them nine foreign climbers. The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. The tourists were of Ukrainian, Russian and Chinese origin, according to Reuters. They were attacked at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the ninth-highest mountain in the world. The...

Video Of The Day: This Is Shanghai

Jun 17th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Today's Video of the Day takes us on a techno-filled trip through Shanghai, courtesy of photographer Rob Whitworth. Although much of the short time-lapse film focuses on twinking lights and congested traffic, it also shows the city is much more than that by stopping to follow both a taxi driver and a woman selling flowers. The video also stops for a few seconds to give a glimpse into a couple...

Recycled Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal

Recycled Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal Jun 14th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Hong Kong Tourism Board Hong Kong's $1 billion Kai Tak cruise terminal is open and processing cruise travelers as anticipated. Located at the site of the former Kai Tak International airport runway, the terminal will eventually source passengers from a pool of 50 million potential middle-class passengers in China. This week though, it's all about the Americans. Passengers disembarking Royal...

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