Rather than market their own brands in China, Expedia Inc. and Priceline Group Inc. have spent years trying to crack the market by taking stakes in local rivals. But a fierce price war by Chinese players led to widening losses and failed to dent the dominance of market leader Ctrip International Ltd., which was started in 1999. Expedia tried to challenge Ctrip, but ultimately decided to partner with it. Expedia "spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to undermine us," said Shiwei Zhou, Ctrip's head of investor relations. "But it turns out it's harder than they think." Expedia in 2011 took a majority stake in domestic travel site eLong Inc., which now has about 3% of the Chinese market. But after racking up years of losses, Expedia sold its stake last year to a group of buyers including Ctrip. Get the full story at Nasdaq Read also "Uber makes U-turn out of China, sells unit to Didi"