As far as I can tell, www.blockedinchina.net is pretty reliable for telling you what websites can't be accessed in China. I also am writing a blog, and I use weebly.com (partly because I've used it before, and it's VERY simple to set up, and partly because I know it's not blocked at the moment).
I'm going to Beijing this November; do I have to set up a VPN on my computer before leaving America?
Do I have to set up a VPN before I leave the US? I leave next week. Thanks.
Depends upon the vpn service you get, some are blocked and some are not, but the safe simple answer is YES!
Thanks! Also does google voice work to place calls back to the US via my computer? :)
Thanks so much for the link. With so many VPNs to choose from this really helped.
I really need to top up my phone, so I can ring agents to find an apartment! I'm staying in the rayfont hotel in Shanghai, can anyone tell me what shops I can buy a top up card from? I went into one shop near the hotel but the lady in there just kept saying "dian cai!" which I'm guessing means, "we don't sell them"?
If she said "dian (3rd tone) cai (4th tone)", I think it means, "to order food". Hope that helps; it may have meant something different in Shanghai dialect.