If you're curious about China and Chinese culture I heartily recommend the wonderful blog Ministry of Tofu. The editors translate articles of interest from Chinese newspapers and give you the kind of fantastic insight that you won't get from standard media. Case in point:
- In the town of Dongyang the local specialty is eggs boiled in boys' urine.
- Apparently, lots of Chinese women like to wear panda shorts.
So, if the government shuts down and you're non-essential, bored, and a budding Sinophile, it's a great place to spend some quality time.