Get lost in 75 forum pages full of amazing photography taken in China
(Central North China chase Star Travels). The itinerary
(You can also step through just the images from the itinerary link and avoid the forum posts. First link processed through Google Translate
. This is not photography done by tourists. These guys are good
(鲍皓昕) is a photographer, among other things. He's probably most famous for his involvement with Michael Palin's travel series
He was featured in the fifth episode
of Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days
*. After that, he became the
stills photographer for subsequent series of Palin's travels (Pole to Pole
, Full Circle
, New Europe
, so far). [more inside]
Davesecretary of TIME FOR SOME STORIES
) decided to spend a year in a smallish Chinese city to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. He slowly realizes that he's not having a very good time.
35 days, 2822 miles through 9 states at a cost of $252.51 ($7.21 per day).
George 'the Cyclist' Christensen spends a good part of each year
bicycling through a different country and wild camping in places like Iceland
, the foot of Mt Fuji
and around Lake Victoria
; And writing about his travels on his blog from libraries and internet cafés. For the past eight years, too, he has also followed the Tour de France
after first watching upwards of 70 films [in 12 days] at the Cannes Film Festival
Chairman Mao's Underground City
is a pictorial travelogue of a small part of the tunnels that Chairman Mao had built under Beijing to serve as a nuclear fallout shelter. The intrepid urban explorers come across some surprising things. The complex, which was built by hand, could house three hundred thousand people for up to four months
and had amenities such as restaurants, cinemas and roller rinks. Here's a short Travel Channel feature
on the Underground City.
Think traveling over the Yuletide season was bad? We're coming hard upon Chunyun
, the Chinese "spring migration"
when families reunite for the New Year
. Enduring largest human migration
in the world is a harrowing experience
. One railway company has new ticketing strategies, which could turn tickets into collector's items
Fueled by Rice
- Five recent grads from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's Unviersity recently set off from Beijing to bike across Asia and Europe
. The goal
of their bike trip is to spread international good will on the local level and advocate reducing carbon emissions and living slower-paced, more enjoyable lives. Along the way they will bike through rural areas and play music
in villages. As they travel, the group is posting photos
, a blog
, and will attempt to get a podcast up and running. They've even got the site up in Chinese
, though the site seems to be blocked
for most folks in China.
Chinese On The Train
Wang Fuchun's exhibition at the 798 Photo Gallery
. Some good stuff
in their archives
is a free picture site featuring [thousands of ] pictures throughout China, including pictures of China's major cities and tourist attractions as well as pictures of Chinese people and their daily life. You will find not only pictures of the famous Great Wall of China, the forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors, but also pictures from the unbeaten path as far as Guizhou, Xinjiang, Tibet and other places.
A Tale of Two Chinas,
by photographer James Whitlow Delano
Whole swaths of cities have vanished
, to be transformed with developments that have quickly made them look more like Houston, Qatar, or Singapore than the ancient China
of our mind's eye. The old hutong, or alleyways, of Beijing that once formed a mosaic of passageways and the siheyuan, or walled courtyard houses, have been largely razed
. The old brick rowhouses of Shanghai, are now being leveled and replaced by modern high-rises. Traditional marketplaces, residential neighborhoods
, streets where medicine shops or bookstores bunched together, are now either gone or have been rouged up as tourist destinations
, part of a new synthetic, virtual version of China's incredible past.
The energy fueling this transformation bespeaks a powerful but often blind, unquestioning faith
in an inchoate idea of progress that takes one's breath away
, often literally. (Unrestrained growth has left China with the dubious honor of having 9 of the 10 most polluted cities in the world). Delano
's new book is
"Empire: Impressions from China
". More inside.
Now here's a business plan...
give me some money, and I'll do some traveling and tell you all about it. Gimme a little more, and I'll even send you something back.
China bans Muslims from flights.
Don't like America's solution for airline safety? Try this. I wonder if this policy is temporary, and timed for President Bush's imminent visit to the region, or is this China's long-term solution?
How will America respond - condemnation or tacit acceptance? Does it actually make Bush's trip safer?