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Shanghai Diaries featured in TIME magazine

timeeuropeshanghaidiaries.jpgIt seems that when you neglect your blog for most of the month of July, major magazines take notice … and reward you for it. TIME magazine, in its Europe and Asia editions for August 8, ran a story titled “Web of Knowledge: Some of the most informative travel guides are now online,” by Graham Holliday, who writes a column called “Time Traveler.” Here’s an excerpt:

Planning a trip and need a heads-up on the hidden quarters and cool hangouts that the average visitor doesn’t get to hear about? Then leave your guidebook at home and instead let a growing army of travel bloggers show you the way. Traditional travel books often can’t compete with the vast breadth of information on the Internet — or a dedicated blogger’s constantly updated insights into his home turf or topic. So whether you’re after the best burger in Brooklyn or the hottest hotel in Berlin, simply log on. There’s a blogger waiting to help.

Our favorites:

SHANGHAIDIARIES.COM This stylish blog is the work of American journalist Dan Washburn, who moved to China in 2002. Alongside Shanghai restaurant reviews and city listings, you’ll find hundreds of articles, pictures and short videos. And if that isn’t enough coverage of China’s most dynamic city, Washburn also edits online city guide shanghaiist.com.

Other sites featured in the story are Notes From The Road, Vagablogging, Derelict London and Gridskipper.

While I’m bragging, Shanghaiist, my other online project, has been getting a fair amount of international attention, as well. You can read all about that here. And, in case you didn’t already know, the real brains behind both of these operations is Frank — he’s going to own the internet one day.

Story in TIME Asia
Story in TIME Europe

UPDATE: I am quoted, somewhat randomly, in Sunday’s New York Daily News. Rumor has it I will also be making make an appearance in Monday’s paper. And my friend Liu Yi should be featured in Wednesday’s Daily News.

08.05.2005, 11:59 PM · Site News


  1. Dan - well deserved. Been a reader for quite a while and thought you more than merited a mention.

  2. Congratulation!

  3. I saw this Times article and then I discovered here.


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