Porters carry a friend of mine down Mt. Emei, Sichuan Province, in 2007.
In China, I often come across people whose jobs make me drop my jaw in amazement. I've written an article on this phenomenon for eChinacities.com. Take a look!
Foshan's TV tower is a handy landmark.
Today my latest eChinacities.com article has posted, this one about Foshan, a small (I think there's 7 million inhabitants--so, only small by Chinese standards) city that neighbors Guangzhou. The two cities are linked by public transportation and a shared history here on the Pearl River Delta.
Click the link to find out why Foshan is famous:
Local people retreat to Wal-mart and shopping malls for the airconditioning.
Temperatures (and sticky humidity) are rising in the Pearl River Delta. This week for eChinacities.com, I've written about how to stay cool in Guanghzou.
This week on Novel Adventurers, we're blogging about funerals and death rituals around the world. Sounds macabre? Maybe, but it's also interesting!
Check out the link to my post, on China, and don't forget to browse through the other bloggers' offerings as well.
This week over at Novel Adventurers, we've been blogging about street food the world over. Take a look at the posts to see what you might snack on while taking a walk in South America, Iran, Italy--or, my own contribution, in China. But beware--you'll be hungry after reading!
On a related topic, I've just finished reading a few books that take place in different cultures, and, since I was thinking about street food, I took special note of the snacks and dishes that were described in them. Last night I finished Sue Grafton's V is for Vengeance. Her PI Kinsey Millhone is always going to McDonald's and other fast food joints--perfect for 1980s California where the book is set. In Shamini Flint's A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree, her Inspector Singh finds Cambodian food to be more difficult to come to terms with than the murders he is investigating. And in The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, the smells and tastes of the carnival food set the scene of the magic circus almost as well as her stunning visual descriptions.
I won't say I like reading about food as much as I like eating said food, but it's certainly an important part of the travel experience for me--and also, an important part of my reading experience.
Beth is an American freelance writer who has lived in Europe and Asia since 2003. She grew up on a sailboat and, though now a landlubber, still enjoys a peripatetic life. She writes articles and suspense about travel, expatriate living, and many other topics.