Friday, March 5, 2010

in China

Within an hour of arriving in Qingdao I encountered all of the classic Chinese staples:
- a meal for less than $2 (would have been $9 in Japan and $7 in Canada)
- cheap internet
- the guy next to me in the internet place both smoking AND spitting
- the Great Firewall of China

Censorship levels seems to be increasing every year... ALL blogspot sites seem to be censored this time although I have managed a workaround that allows me to post this note. We will see how long this works, but I should have the time to post more in the future assuming this continues and the price of getting online is much more reasonable here than in Japan.

Twitter seems to be thoroughly blocked... in my Twitter box to the right, for example, I see nothing and the home page for will not load. For Facebook it is also "Oops! This link appears to be broken." in Chinese. Wikipedia, interestingly enough, appears unblocked.

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