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One common concern for recruits is how am I going to stay connected with my friends and family back home? Even if you have traveled and lived overseas before China has its own set of challenges. Facebook, Twitter maybe not, Rebtel and Skype may be your new friends


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Hi! I really want to write a blog for my family and friends. Does anyone know of a site that I can use in China? Does anyone write a blog from China for their people at home?

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). 

Hi Colleen, The best way to get around the "great firewall" is to set up a VPN for your home computer. This is the one the recruitment team uses to access facebook!
http://www.witopia.net/welcome.php

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?  :)

HI Colleen, 

Thanks so much for the link. With so many VPNs to choose from this really helped.

Sonya :)

I use Skype & Rebtel to talk with friends & family back home. They're both free or almost free, so it's a great way to keep in touch.

I also use a VPN (Witopia) to post to my blog & update Facebook. Keep in mind that a VPN will dramatically slow down your internet connection.

TIP: Skype works much better with the VPN turned OFF.
Is this VPN still a viable tool to access social sites and Google? I use Google email as well as Google docs.

Katie Wagnon said:
Hi Colleen, The best way to get around the "great firewall" is to set up a VPN for your home computer. This is the one the recruitment team uses to access facebook!
http://www.witopia.net/welcome.php

Hi,

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.

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