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China Marks Off Section of Great Wall to Limit Graffiti

March 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | ()

At first, some of the headlines surrounding the announcement that China will allow graffiti on the Great Wall sound like a nightmare turned reality. Really, we can write on and deface this incredible icon? This is one of the traps of journalism in today's world, the fact that if you're just skimming headlines, you're bound to get the wrong idea. China's decision has nothing to do with wanting more graffiti on its historical fortification. In reality, it's trying to reel it in.

Every day, tourists walk the Great Wall and, like many places around the world, feed the desire to leave their mark, despite the fact that common sense tells us it's an awful, terrible thing to do to something we're trying to preserve. We're sure China would love to ban it entirely, but with no way to really police it, the country has decided to designate a section of the Wall at Mutianyu outside of Beijing where people can feel free to draw or write on it. This section was specifically chosen because it is mostly a reconstruction of the Wall, so the graffiti wouldn't be ruining the "real thing."

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Which 5 World Cities are Best for Getting Busy?

February 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | ()

Earlier this week, we ran down our picks of destinations within the US that prove most romantic, thus making them perfect Valentine's Day spots. Now we're busting out the passport to highlight some similarly amorous locations farther afield.

We're firm believers that crossing borders builds relationships. If your plans involve whisking your better half away on an airplane, here are our picks for making the most of international travel this Valentine's Day:

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Air New Zealand's SkyCouch is On The Move to China

Where: China
January 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

An idea from Air New Zealand that practically revolutionized economy class travel is now being licensed out to different airlines to tempt flyers to book long-haul flights. China Airlines liked the kiwi airline's SkyCouch so much, they arranged to have it on its newest planes.

China Airlines, the first airline to agree to (what we can only imagine) a hefty licensing price-tag, will now include the roomy row of economy seats to its newest delivery of 777-300ERs. The keys to these new birds should be handed over by September of this year, so if you've got plans to spend some time in the air over the Pacific on one of these planes, you might get lucky.

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Would You Brave This Ridiculously Terrifying Hike for a Cup of Tea?

Where: Mount Hua , Huayin, Shaanxi, China
January 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM | by | ()

Mount Hua, or Mount Huashan, in Shaanxi isn't exactly the tallest mountain in the world (about 7,000 ft), but it definitely houses one of the more "exciting" hikes we've come across in terms of climbs that have popular public trailheads.

There are various trails that lead to the top that require various levels of cajones courage, including incredibly steep staircases and the now-infamous "plank trail" you see in the photos. The daredevil trek takes you across a "boardwalk" and up a series of "ladders," ultimately ending at a Taoist teahouse. Man, that must be some good tea!

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Sprint Up Skyscrapers and See the World with 'Vertical Marathons'

December 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM | by | ()

Lace up your runners and stretch out your hamstrings because though it might be winter outside, we have a good reason to keep up your fitness through the season and throw in some travel as well. From New York to Singapore, there are more options to race your heart out with Vertical World Circuit's stair running world tour.

Here are the details: the seven-race circuit of events begins in New York and circles the globe as racers ascend the stairs of some world's most iconic skyscrapers, all in the name of fitness and to have a crack at coming in first place.

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Video Interlude: 'Shiny' Shanghai in Time-Lapse

October 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM | by | ()

"Shiny Shanghai" is just one of a library of YouTube videos produced by user Little Big World and, in fact, we've featured their tilt-shift Spain on before.

Not all videos are tilt-shift, but the time-lapse rush is a common technique, even in sleepy locales like Ardennes and Vermont. If you do nothing else today, take a moment and browse Little Big World's videos and indulge in a few minutes of 2-3. We have just one warning: may lead to overwhelming feelings of wanderlust.

[Video: Little Big World]

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'World's Highest Airport' Opens in Tibetan China

Where: China
September 25, 2013 at 7:40 AM | by | ()

We’ve got a new airport to add to our travel to-do list, as one of the world’s newest airports is now open for business. Not only does it have that new airport smell, but this place is also the highest civilian airport in the world as well.

The security lines are now open for business in China, as the airport is now doing its thing in the Tibetan region of southwestern Sichuan province. Daocheng Yading Airport which does its thing in Garzi sits at just around 15,000-feet above sea level. That makes us wonder if we can use our electronic devices right from the runway, as technically we’re already well above 10,000-feet.

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Forget Harry Potter, Beijing is Building a Jackie Chan Theme Park

Where: Beijing, China
September 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM | by | ()

You know we’re all about roller coasters, theme parks, and all the other rides and attractions that come with them. This week there’s some new theme park news, as it sounds like there’s a park in development to be dedicated to one man and one man only.

Apparently it’s Jackie Chan who will soon be having business lunches with Mickey Mouse to discuss the amusement park business, as there are plans to hook him up with his very own park. Roller coasters, martial arts stuff, and plenty of t-shirts have already been planned, as the park—JC World—is scheduled to open over in Beijing.

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Kunis and Kutcher Get Cozy from Chicago to Beijing

Where: Beijing, China
August 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are capping off a busy summer with a trip to China.

After spending most of the spring and early summer in London, the couple moved to Chicago where Mila continued filming her upcoming movie Jupiter Ascending. Whether they were hanging out at the Taste of Chicago, shopping at the Chicago Premium Outlets Mall, or having dinner at Hub 51, the couple seemed to fit right into the Windy City.

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Much Ado About Chengdu: Why the World is Obsessed with China's City of Pandas

Where: Chengdu, China
August 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

In the grand tradition of US college hijinks, Thursday is affectionately known as "Thirsty Thursday." So what's United thirsty for today? The answer: flights to China! We're talking about Chengdu specifically, as United just announced that they'll be the first airline with nonstop flights to Chengdu from the US, beginning June 11, 2014.

The route, operating by United's Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will fly from San Francisco to Chengdu-Shuangliu three times a week, a trip of nearly 14 hours one-way.

This is only the latest in a slew of headlines for Chengdu travel this year, and it's left us wondering what's so cool about Chengdu, anyway?

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Google Adds the World's Epicenter of Panda Cuteness to Street View

August 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM | by | ()

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has been around for a quarter of a century, cares for roughly 30% of the world's panda bears, has facilitated some 125 panda births, and is in China. That last bit has posed a problem for casual and even regular travelers, because it turns out that planning and executing a trip to China is a bit of a thing.

Logically, then, Google just announced that it's adding the grounds to its ever-expanding list of zoos that are on Street View. Also on the list is our beloved San Diego Zoo, as well as a dozen other zoos across the world. There's actually a full list of zoos that have been added over at the Google Maps blog post about the Chengdu addition.

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Airfare Deal: To Save, Take the Long Road Down Under on an A380

August 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM | by | ()

After a few years of unfavorable exchange rates, the US dollar is now trading with Aussie dollars at a favorable rate, thus going a little further when traveling the outback or climbing the bridge in Sydney. Usually a barrier of heading to the Great Barrier reef from the States is a high price tag on tickets, super long flights, or both. While we cannot magically make flying from the US to Australia shorter, we can let you know when they are cheap(er).

On a recent search for flights from Los Angeles to Sydney, we came across an interesting option that really never crossed our mind before, that of traveling through China. Before you stop reading because you're all about traveling with the fewest stops, please hear us out as this one could be pretty cool.

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