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    Are You Allowed. . .

    The Chinese government has very strong censorship polices and they enforce them violently.

    For example the Internet is very closely monitored so that anyone saying anything against the State or government can be quickly dealt with. Since it's hard to distinguish between who a Chinese national and a tourist visiting China is [on the net] does it mean that if one visits China you can't express your opinions as you would when you're at home because the law expressly prohibits you from doing that?

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    Re: Are You Allowed. . .

    Well,that is if you can even access the site. I am pretty sure China has their 'own face book'. My friend who went there for a month couldn't access plenty of site that he usually posts in U.S.

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    Re: Are You Allowed. . .

    Then I definitely wouldn't visit China. I'm thinking the Chinese authorities go a bit overboard with these censure policies of theirs. It's not like the bad stuff that happens there doesn't leak out for the world to know. . .

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    Re: Are You Allowed. . .

    I would assume that their internet access is more tightly controlled to begin with...so while they might have to do some work if they wanted to find out who exactly posted something (tourist or not) it might just be impossible to use some of your typical means of expression. It is unfortunate but not exactly a secret the way they operate.

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    Re: Are You Allowed. . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Denis Hard View Post
    Then I definitely wouldn't visit China. I'm thinking the Chinese authorities go a bit overboard with these censure policies of theirs. It's not like the bad stuff that happens there doesn't leak out for the world to know. . .
    But but..why would you want to go online when you're traveling!!

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    Re: Are You Allowed. . .

    There's a lot of fun stuff to access online and some people [like me] are net addicts. You fail to access the net for a week and you start manifesting withdrawal symptoms. It happens. . .

    That's why whether I'm traveling or not I need to have my access to the net.

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    Re: Are You Allowed. . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Denis Hard View Post
    There's a lot of fun stuff to access online and some people [like me] are net addicts. You fail to access the net for a week and you start manifesting withdrawal symptoms. It happens. . .

    That's why whether I'm traveling or not I need to have my access to the net.
    I actually agree with you, though it's more than that. I don't like the extremity of their censorship. I don't care for it here, and I don't care for it there. Do they have propaganda videos like North Korea does? I'm not a big fan of police states. If that's the case, I wouldn't be interested either.

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    Re: Are You Allowed. . .

    I have a friend who works in China and her local friends do warn her that the internet is monitored by the government. Supposedly, there have been expats who have been asked to leave the country because they made negative comments about China. Chatting online is said to be closely monitored. The government does block sites where people can share information readily with each other. You will not be able to access YouTube and Facebook while there. Anyway, I'm sure you can probably stand not logging onto these sites for a couple of days so you can sight see. They do have a lot of interesting tourist spots.

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    The internet is censored by the great firewall of china. It means that access to facebook and youtube are blocked, but you can get around that if you can find a decent proxy or VPN service. Don't criticise the government when you are there, you can easily do that from the safety of your own country, no point risking years in a labour camp just for writing a few words!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kai_uk View Post
    The internet is censored by the great firewall of china. It means that access to facebook and youtube are blocked, but you can get around that if you can find a decent proxy or VPN service. Don't criticise the government when you are there, you can easily do that from the safety of your own country, no point risking years in a labour camp just for writing a few words!
    I agree. Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Google are blocked, which is why most people just surf the Chinese websites such as Weibo and Sina. I didn't use the internet much when I was in China 6 months ago. I only used WeChat to talk to my wife in China, which also saved me a lot of data usage. I think there are so many things you can do besides surfing internet.

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    I never actually thought it was that bad. If what you guys says is true then I'd really have no use going online since all of my favorite websites are blocked. What about cell phone usage though? Say I have a plan that will let me go to all those sites, will they be blocked in China?

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    I had always wondered about that, but seeing you're a foreigner... specially if you happen to be american, I don't think they dare to do something bad to you. I'd not risk it tho, because it seems the poor chinese people are prisioners in their own country

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    Re: Are You Allowed. . .

    I will like to say that i just got to know so much about this place and surely will have an amazing time while my grand canyon from los angeles. Traveling is such amazing part of my life and will love to be with it always.

 

 

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