The LG Travel News Roundup: 4.15.11

Weekly Travel News — By on April 15, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Ping Pong Hotel in ChinaNew Chinese Hotel Takes Love for Ping Pong to the Extreme

It’s been estimated that over 300 million people in China play ping pong, making it the country’s biggest amateur recreational sport. Now a 150-meter tall hotel shaped like a ping-pong paddle is planned to be built in an Olympic park in Huainan City, China, perhaps as a testament to their love for the sport. The hotel, costing 300 million yuan, will be one of several buildings in the park shaped like athletic accessories including an American football-shaped stadium, volleyball-shaped nataorium, football-shaped gym stadium and a basketball-shaped stadium. Source: China Daily

Sisterhood of the Traveling…Balloon?

A young girl’s birthday balloon manages to travel farther than most people have in a life time! Siblings Ella, Abby and Peter Gardner released a birthday balloon with a note and stamp from their home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. The children received a postcard from Laos—a tiny country located 6,000 miles from their home—sent by a man named Mr. Chang. He filled his note to the children with the story of how he found the balloon, as well as the differences in things like weather and food between England and Asia. Source: AOL

Pole to Pole: Year Long Trekking Adventure

A 42-year-old Swedish explorer, Johan Ernst Nilson, is planning on trekking from the North Pole to the South Pole in a year. Nilson has been preparing for this journey by working out to strengthen his back—he plans on pulling a sled—and has been sponsored by Audi; the company has made special light weight equipment specifically for him. Source: Wall Street Journal

Giant Yellow Bear

A 23-foot (7-meter) high, 35,000 pound bronze teddy bear sculpture slumped under a black bedside lamp by New York-based Swiss artist Urs Fischer will be on display for five months in midtown Manhattan. The teddy bear is one of three created in 2005-2006 by Fischer—who based it on his own favorite teddy bear—and will be auctioned for millions! Source: Reuters

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Travel News Bit

Travel Inspiration: Paddling & Peddling Around the World

A 25-year-old Englishwoman named Sarah Outen has set out on an expedition by bike and kayak around the world from London…to London! The adventurer will complete the journey—which is expected to be completed in 2013—after paddling to Brussels, peddling through Europe and Asia, paddling to Vancouver, peddling to New York City and paddling back to London. Source: Gadling

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