Gay Travel Marketing Comes to China

Author: , August 26th, 2014

Chinese Gay Ad

A cheerful promotional cartoon from a major Chinese travel agency shows two women sharing one hotel bed and two men tucked into another. “Take your gay best friend to visit Hong Kong,” it proclaims, offering $80 off travel packages.

The promotion, showing this week on the Shanghai website of the travel agency Spring Tour, isn’t slick or high-profile. But it’s noteworthy because there are few portrayals of gays and lesbians in ads in China, though tolerance is increasing.

“There have been very few brands that have reached out in China, and the first that do are going to gain a lot of, not just kudos, but also loyalty from this community,” said Steven Paul Bielinski, who founded Shanghai LGBT Professionals to foster dialogue and cooperation with businesses on issues related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. “And that’s going to translate to a lot of business for these brands.”

By Angela Doland – Full Story at Ad Age | China Gay Travel Resources

China Celebrates Shanghai Pride Next Month

Author: , May 18th, 2014

Shanghai Pride 2014This year’s Shanghai Pride Week, titled Pride6 in recognition of its sixth anniversary, will take place from 13th to 22nd June. A week-long string of events has been planned to boost the LGBT’s community position in China and raise awareness around LGBT themes including marriage equality, sexual health and societal acceptance. Run by volunteers from the not-for-profit group, ShanghaiLGBT and other NGOs, Pride6 is expected to bring thousands of people together at a multitude of fun social and advocacy events.

While retaining many of the activities that have made Pride Week a synonym for ‘Party Week’ among the LGBT and friends community, organisers are determined to incorporate more serious elements into this year’s Pride. Marriage equality will be one of these elements; with support for gay marriage hovering at around 30% in Beijing and Shanghai,Pride5 will discuss ways to raise and promote the issue among the wider public and politicians. To that end Pride5 will feature two panel discussions on workplace discrimination and gay marriage.

Organisers are also hoping to boost interest in Shanghai’s Gay Film Festival which will be held during Pride Week.

By Kelly Riker – Seasons of Pride | China Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Easy Hikes from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong

Author: , May 10th, 2014

Great Wall of ChinaShanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong are without a doubt the centers of modern Chinese culture and the focal points around which most travelers will plan their trips to the Middle Kingdom. But these mega-cities represent only one view of the country; for a more balanced look at the whole of China, consider venturing out into the rural areas as well. Luckily, there are great options for nature and hiking within just a few hours of each of the major cities. Shake up your next trip to China by embarking on one of these hikes:

Hiking the Great Wall – Near Beijing

Perhaps the most obvious choice on the list, what traveler wants to leave China without experiencing the Great Wall? Rather than visiting the overcrowded sections like Badaling and Juyongguan, though, go further away from Beijing.

The easiest of these outer sections to reach is Jinshalaing, and from there you can walk for several hours along partially restored sections of the wall and through abandoned guard towers to reach the Simatai area. This hike involves a lot of ascent and descent as the Great Wall traces the rolling hills of the terrain, but offers an enlightening look at what it might have been like to patrol this military fortification for Chinese soldiers long ago.

By Stephen Lioy – Shermans Travel | China Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Ghost Street in Beijing, China

Author: , March 1st, 2014

Ghost Street, Beijing, China - AlainOne of the places frequented by expats is the Gui Jie or the Ghost Street in Beijing. Don’t be fooled by its name–ghosts are nowhere in sight. At least, to my knowledge.

Right off Dongzhimen Subway Station or at Beixinqiao Subway (closer) is Gui Jie, a street teeming with restaurants in traditional Chinese architecture. My friends and I used to meet here for dinner consisted of hotpots, spicy delights and of course, dozens of chuan ‘er (lamb skewer) wolfed down with a bottle of Tsingtao beer.

Bold neon lights compete with Chinese red lanterns strung across and above the sidewalks that make the place like a “red light district”, minus the vulgar whores and pushy, annoying pimps.

Authored By Alain – See the Full Story at The Sojourner

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My Ten Minute Boyfriend in Beijing

Author: , February 24th, 2014

Beijing, China - The SojournerOnce upon a time, a girl friend of mine asked me a favor to show her newly-acquired boyfriend around — anywhere in Beijing. She was busy at work and couldn’t ask for a leave, even for a day. I agreed, of course. It’s my expertise–showing men what I’ve got. I mean, the city where I used to live. 😉

And so, I met Tomi in his hotel room, not far from where I lived. His room number was odd: double 3 double 4. He’s Indian and of average height. My first impression the moment he opened his mouth was–talkative. I mean it in a good way. And boy, I wasn’t wrong. When we hopped in the taxi, we clicked. That didin’t take us too long to be kind of “shy” to each other. He did the talking most of the time and I did the listening, like I was born to do it beside him. On our way to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, we talked mostly about him and his country: politics, Gandhi, the caste system, the dowry tradition, sex, love, work, homosexuality and future plans. It was our first meeting and we already talked a ranged of subjects new friends wouldn’t dare talk about.

I felt like I was the talk show queen herself, Oprah Winfrey! I asked a lot of questions and threw some personal, blunt, honest questions and rebuttal to his answers and opinions. He was just cool and got used to my bitchiness and sluttiness in a short while. That, too, didn’t take him long to notice it.

Authored By Alain – See the Full Story at The Sojourner

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Visiting the China Sex Museum

Author: , February 17th, 2014

China's Sex MuseumInside this sex museum, I’ve learned that there are two basic instincts of human life: food and sex. I didn’t expect the latter but I don’t doubt it.

Most people think of Shanghai as a cosmopolitan city wrapped in pollution, just like its rival city, Beijing. Many locals and visitors marvel at the grandeur of the British architecture lining up the Bund where they can see the panoramic view of the city’s business district, across the Huangpo River. Visitors to China’s financial capital never fails to gawk at the Oriental Tower, Jin Mao Tower and other skyscrapers burgeoning the Pudong area.

But only some, if not few, now that below those skyscrapers is a different world to be discovered: Shanghai’s Sex Museum. At least that’s where it used to be. That’s where I found it the last time I visited it (I was there twice! Don’t judge me. LOL…)

Authored By Alain – See the Full Story at The Sojourner

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The Great Wall of China in Winter

Author: , December 12th, 2013

Great Wall of China - winter - The SojournerWe all have seen what the Great Wall looks like when the weather is nice, especially in summer. But, I’m sure only few of US have conquered this world wonder when it’s covered in snow.

The Great Wall in winter in slippery; thus, dangerous to trek. Even if you try, you won’t go that far. That’s why I only have taken few photos from our daring climb. It’s cold and in steep threads, you’ll be wriggling on all fours. Once you slip, you’re adventurous life ends.

Authored By Alain – See the Full Story at The Sojourner

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Hong Kong Pride Bigger Than Ever in 2013

Author: , November 9th, 2013

Hong Kong, ChinaToday’s Hong Kong Pride showed the LGBT community there are more visible than ever before

The head of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunity Commission Dr York Chow addressed the crowd, as did member of the legislative council Cyd Ho.

This year, the fifth Hong Kong Pride, saw more corporate sponsorship with JP Morgan and Citibank joining Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Nomura who gave cash sponsorship last year, Fridae reports.

Authored By Ana Leach – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Guy Goes to China

Author: , November 9th, 2013

Ryan C. Haynes - Destination BeijingGay China is much more apparent than I expected, but with an internal population of over 1 billion people it really is obvious to understand why there is a hive of homosexual activity.

I had the chance to visit three gay venues while in Beijing, I also discovered how people keep in contact. It is worth downloading and accessing a couple of social applications for China; grindr, jack’d, and WeChat. The most popular gay chat device is definitely Jack’d. These weren’t limited to access through a VPN either.

What’s important to note, is that most of the Chinese live outside the central centre to Beijing, but there are a couple of gay venues worth visiting:

Destination, 7 Gongti Xi Lu
Subway – Dong SiShiTaio
Next to walkers Stadium, past Asia Hotel
Great on Friday and Saturday. It has 1 dance floor – where everyone faces the DJ booth and Pole Dance Station, very weird, and has a further 7 bars and several chill out rooms that are well air conditioned.

Authored By Ryan C. Haynes – See the Full Story at Honest Omissions

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Macau – Asia’s Flashiest City

Author: , November 6th, 2013

Planning a trip to China’s gambling capital? With private, walled-in gardens, public beaches, and historic sites that reference the city’s strong Portugese influence, you’ll have plenty to do, whether you’re hitting the slots or not. The best part: We’re featuring a great deal this week that includes this destination, and saves more than $1000. Not bad. Now, what should you pack for your trip?

Pataca, or Hong Kong Dollars: Though the pataca is the official currency in Macau (1 pataca to $0.13 USD), most buses, restaurants, and shops accept the Hong Kong dollar (1 HKD to $0.13 USD). As many travelers have noted, if you are just visiting for the day, you will be perfectly fine just bringing along Hong Kong dollars. (In some casinos, even the Chinese renminbi is accepted as well.)

Comfortable walking shoes: Believe it or not, Macau is a great walking city. Similar to Singapore, whose multiplex shopping malls and towering hotels co-exist alongside historic neighborhoods best enjoyed on foot, a full day can be spent outside the casinos, walking around the Historic Centre (the ruins of St Paul in particular are worth a visit), snapping photos and stopping in at a cafe for an iced coffee.

Authored By Alex Schechter – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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