Top 8 in 2008

As 2008 came to an end, we reflected on our experiences from the passing year. Best experience? It's impossible to choose just one, so we share a few of the memories that are likely to remain with us through 2009 and beyond.Some we’ve written about already. The complete story of others are yet to come.Where 2009 will take us, no one knows (including us). … [Read more...]

Slideshow: The Many Faces of China

Excited Little Guy

The arc of our travel experience is shaped by the people we meet. Even the most beautiful food and landscape need a human context. With that in mind, we offer a selection of faces - each with a story - that we will recall whenever we reflect on our travels in China.The following slideshow is our take on China's ethnic diversity. While these images represent … [Read more...]

Demystifying Food in China: An Introduction

When we talk to people about our travels in China, we sense their fear.No, not political or economic fear: Didn’t you have trouble with the language? How about the food? Chinese food in China is terrible, isn’t it? Don’t they eat a lot of dog?"All fair questions and sentiments, particularly if you've never been to China. We have a real story to tell about … [Read more...]

Chendgu: China Begins Here

Friendly people, delicious food, green parks, active temples - even pandas. Why Chendgu doesn’t get more coverage in the tourist press, we don’t know. It quickly became our favorite big city (population over 10 million) in China. Although Chengdu is not stocked with high-profile tourist sights like Beijing and Xi’an, to quote another tourist: “There’s something … [Read more...]

China: So Many Little Emperors

Some instincts are universal. That virtually all parents want a better life for their children is one of them. Our journey continually bears this out irrespective of the cultural and socioeconomic context of the regions we visit.But in China, something extraordinary has happened. Two decades of economic growth, an exceptional cultural emphasis on family, and … [Read more...]

An Olympic Interview from Beijing

Walking Up to the Bird

Wonder what it was really like to be at the 2008 Beijing Olympics?Though we weren't in Beijing to report directly, we did pose nine questions** to a friend who was. Nguyen shares his first-hand Olympic experience -- including scoring 110 tickets, the simple joy of giving some of them away, an explanation of the empty seats you saw on TV, and how the Chinese people … [Read more...]

Factory 798: Beijing’s Breath of Uncensored Air

Wen Fang

If you are looking to escape the eyes of censorship and catch some edgy art exhibits in Beijing, go no further than a converted weapons factory on the outskirts of town.Once part of an industrial park developed in the vein of 1950s East German-Chinese Communist brotherhood, Factory 798 (a.k.a. 798 Dashanzi Art District) serves up a dose of fresh, creative and … [Read more...]