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internet in china
Posted December 13th, 2012 - 8:04 am by from Auckland, New Zealand (Permalink)
I am planning to come to China for six months. I need a good internet connection so I can use skype to call family in New Zealand. I am wanting feedback about the quality and availability of internet in China:

Are there lots of internet cafes and what time in the morning do they open?
What is the general quality of the internet connection like - good enough to make clear skype calls?
Are wifi connections readily available and if so where ie. hostels? hotels? cafes??

Many thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!

Posted December 13th, 2012 - 8:36 am by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
My experience has been that Skype works fairly well but the connection is not always very clear but it's manageable.

The general quality of the internet in China is quite good but a lot of sites like youtube, Twitter, Facebook and a few others are blocked and can only accessed via a VPN.

Most hotels and hostels offer internet although it sometimes might be via LAN, so better take an ethernet cable along ... some hotels do provide them.

Usually there are cafes which offer WiFi, some even have VPNs which would then allow you to connect to the previously mentioned blocked sites.

I would also suggest that you get a SIM card for your phone including a data plan which would allow you to use Skype or send messages via Skype when on the road. I recently had one via UNICOM for 66 RMB per month which included 300MB internet data. Funny detail - at least in Beijing, I got a SIM-card with the last digit 4 - and as 4 in Chinese sounds like the word death, that SIM-card was free of charge - just the card, not the plan though!

In the larger cities, in particular near universities, those internet places are open 24/7 but be warned that they can be very noisy. If you bring your own laptop, iPad or similar, I doubt that you will need to use internet cafes.

Apart from the blocked sites and slow internet at some hotels at times, the service is usually pretty ok.

Posted December 13th, 2012 - 2:47 pm from Foshan, China
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Posted December 14th, 2012 - 3:53 am by from Liuzhou, China (Permalink)
find a hotel can provide you wifi
Most budget hotels have wifi but just lobby.
cafe's internet is not so Stable and rapid.