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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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

"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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comment (1)

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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British Airways Forecasts a Panda Epidemic for Chengdu Flights

June 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are these the best promotional pictures for a new flight route you’ve ever seen? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Of course they are.

As you might know, British Airways is launching flights from Heathrow to Chengdu in China in September – the first direct route between the two cities. Chengdu is a huge business hub, which is presumably the reason behind the route launch, but it also happens to be home to the giant pandas – the most famous breeding center (which you can visit) is on the outskirts of the city, while there are a few other centers/sanctuaries scattered around Sichuan province, within a few hours of Chengdu.

Hence the pandas—or panbassadors, maybe?—checking in and checking out the Club World cabin.

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French Maid or Flight Attendant? One Airline is Considering Crew Costumes

Where: China
May 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're planning to fly on China's cheapy carrier, Spring Airlines, the person welcoming you at the aircraft door could be a maid or butler. No, the low-cost carrier isn't upping their game with white glove service in the skies, but they are having a little fun.

Spring called upon their fans via their Facebook page to suggest themes for flight attendant costumes, the post was accompanied by a young lady attired like a french maid. Some people took it seriously, offering up themes like traditional Chinese Opera, schoolgirl outfits and Star Wars as themes, others found it pretty offensive.

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What to Eat in Hong Kong: 21 Foods That'll Rock Your World

March 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (2)

All this week we'll be answering the Who, What, Where, When and Whys of Hong Kong. Of course the answer to "WHO should go to Hong Kong" is YOU. Whether you've never been or you're a regular through Chek Lap Kok, this no-visa-required peninsula hanging off of China should absolutely your next stop.

WHAT 21 foods you absolutely have to try
WHERE to escape the skyscrapers for a breath of fresh air
WHEN to visit
HOW to get out on the Harbour

Put down the Chinese take-out menu and learn the words "cha chaan teng." Pronounced just as it looks, a cha chaan teng is the term for the Hong Kong-typical casual restaurants serving up cheaply priced, richly flavored eats at all hours of the day. Yeah, they're kind of like diners—diners with specialties like roast goose, pineapple buns and hot ginger Coca-Cola—and they're a lifeline to locals and adventurous travelers willing to step outside malls and Michelin-starred restaurants.

One more thing? Remember this mantra: If it looks ugly, it tastes awesome. Now you're ready to have your world rocked.

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