China: Internet & VPN

May 21st, 2008|China, China Guide, Life, Technology|

Issues with Internet Access in China. Accessing foreign (non-chinese) can be particularly slow, if at all.  The “Great Firewall of China” is real, blocks access of many non-chinese websites and services that are outside of Chinese control and will most certainly be filtering by automatic processes, everything you send or receive, via email, instant message or web, so use caution with using certain words and common sense.

China: Hotels

May 21st, 2008|China, China Guide, Life, Technology|

China’s tourism industry does use a “Star” system to rate facilities and quality (similar to the West)….but don’t put too much stock in them because the system of awarding of stars (surprise!) isn’t immune to bribery…so the number of stars doesn’t necessarily reflect actual quality. I've seen hotels swap out 3 star plaques for 5 star plaques once a government official left the hotel.  The motto for pretty much everything in China these days is “Buyer beware”.