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World's Longest, Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge Closes for Renovations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/06/2016, 4:00 AM

Zhangjiagie glass bridge in China (photo: skytg24hd/Instagram) That was quick. On Friday the world's longest and highest glass-bottom bridge, located in China's Zhangjiagie mountains, closed—just 13 days after it opened to the public on August 20.   Officials say that the record-breaking structure, which stretches 430 meters (1,411 feet) across a drop of 300 meters (984 feet),...

World's Highest and Longest Glass-Bottomed Bridge Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2016, 4:00 AM

Zhangjiajie glass bridge in China (photo: skytg24hd/Instagram) Having just recently become the site of a terrifying cliffside glass walkway, China's Zhangjiajie mountains are now also home to the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge. Connecting two mountain cliffs in the central Hunan province, the structure features 99 glass panels stretching across 430 meters (1,400...

Steve Wynn's $4.2B Casino Opens in Macau

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/19/2016, 8:00 AM

Six years ago, when Las Vegas resort impresario Steve Wynn embarked on a new project in Macau, China, times were better there. But gaming income in the tiny principality have been plunging—it dropped 34 percent to $29 billion last year, and this year, it is projected to dwindle by another 13 percent. Chinese tourists, the chief market in Cotai, Macau, have been staying away in droves, and even...

Using a Mobile Phone in Flight? That'll Be $7,500

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2016, 8:00 AM

China's not putting up with any more monkey business, do you hear?   A draft amendment to the country's Civil Aviation Law calls for fines of up to 50,000 yuan (USD $7,535) for passengers who turn on their mobile phones or other electronic devices.   The rules may have softened in the United States, where aircraft tends to be equipped with anti-interference systems, but in Chin...

Perilous Glass Cliff Walk Opens in China

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/11/2016, 8:00 AM

Terror has a new name: Zhangjiajie.   This destination in China’s Hunan province was previously known for its stunning mountains. But now, with this week’s opening of the “Coiling Dragon Cliff” skywalk, adrenaline is the main attraction.   The five-foot-wide glass walkway clings to a cliff on Tianmen Mountain, petrifying those who dare to amble along its 110 yard length with vi...

English Village Becomes Tourist Attraction, Doesn't Know Why

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2016, 1:00 AM

People who live in the English village of Kidlington—population: 14,000; claim to fame: none to speak of—report that busloads of Asian tourists have been pouring into their town on Thursdays, strolling the streets and snapping photos. Here's the weird part: nobody in Kidlington knows why. When locals have asked the visitors for an explanation, the language barrier has kept them from getting mu...

In China You Can Use Uber to Get a Hot Air Balloon

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2016, 11:45 PM

Uber China is introducing a new service called Uber+Travel that will let you use the car-hailing app to request rides on boats as well as hot air balloons. The company has tried out offering non-wheeled modes of transportation before (through partnerships), including ferry rides in Istanbul and helicopter charters in New York City. But hot air balloons are certainly the most unique conveyances...

Chinese Village's Tourism Plan Turns Into Monkey Trouble

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/21/2016, 12:45 PM

A village in China has a monkey on its back—or, to be precise, 600 monkeys. In a scheme to attract tourists, residents of Xianfeng in the country's Sichuan province lured about 70 macaque apes from the mountains in 2003. The idea was to entertain visitors as at Mount Emei, another tourist destination famous for its primates. But in 2014 the Xianfeng project's main funder died and the attractio...

Disney Comes to Shanghai, the Watergate Reopens, and More: Your Travel Briefing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/16/2016, 1:15 PM

Merchandise at Shanghai Disneyland (Mooshuu/Flickr) Your Daily Travel Briefing is our new daily roundup of travel-related news and information gathered from all over. Check this space each weekday for fresh updates. Here's what's going on in the world of travel today. * SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND OPENS TO THE PUBLIC (Chicago Tribune). And reports indicate the park is a stunner—colossal i...

The Immense Increase in Chinese Tourism Creates Career Opportunities for Young Americans Willing to Learn Chinese

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/26/2016, 11:30 PM

Photo credit: joebrandt/istockphoto.com        At a time when tourism is dramatically down to places like Turkey, Egypt, Belgium, Tunisia, and North Carolina, a favorable picture is supplied by the number of Chinese tourists now traveling to all over the world.  Recent announcements by national tourist officials confirm that outgoing Chinese tourism is now measured in the tens of ...

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