I was an expat last year and with Google (& DuckDuckGo) blocked I already had pretty few options of search engine. Short of learning enough Chinese to manage Baidu, I can't imagine how hard it would be to use internet as a foreigner in China now.
I mean, by last year that relationship stopped existing (as Yahoo!'s Ali shares would be with Altaba).
Edit: ardy42 answered this below. Foreign phones from home country provider seem to be exempt.
It is, but my understanding is that's because roaming is expensive for your home carrier, so they'll cancel your account due to unprofitability if you spend too much time roaming with it.
See the fine print in this T-Mobile document:
> Not for extended international use; you must reside in the U.S. and primary usage must occur on our U.S. network. Device must register on our U.S. network before international use.
> Network Management: Service may be slowed, suspended, terminated, or restricted for misuse, abnormal use, interference with our network or ability to provide quality service to other users, or significant roaming.
And unrestricted access is already unavailable in Tibet and Xinjiang.
Otherwise, as others have said, mobile roaming data is functionally identical in that the data appears to the internet as having come from your home country. Hong Kong offer a few plans that are (relatively) affordable and roam into the mainland.
Although the company is a bit shady and I'm pretty sure they have some connection with the party, Astrill is the best to use in terms of performance, bandwidth and ease of use.
They recently added WireGuard support which is blazing fast.
However, if your priority is privacy, probably you should use your own server, or just stay out of China.
Now, of course, I'd recommend setting it all up before going, but I've heard that it's still relatively commonplace for Westerners and PRC mostly turns a blind eye.
I have few VPS's outside of China, and when I trying to SSH them directly from China, the connection would only alive for few minutes before gone slow (20 seconds delay), and eventually went dark (All packet dropped).
So I wrote my own proxy. It supports port mapping so I can map my local:2211 to server:21. When I connect to local:2211, the proxy will first connect to proxy-server (located outside of China) to establish an encrypted data stream, and then the proxy-server connects server:21.
This way I can keep the SSH connection alive as long as I wish to.
If you are using tools like Shadowsocks, you can use `ssh -o ProxyCommand ...` to ask ssh to go through Shadowsocks (Socks5 proxy).
But I just looked and this version of "them" was already taken down( this version was already SocialHarmonized, to use the chinese slang (colloqial term) )
Don't have time to find their new adress right now, but is like some torrent sites, change adress all the time, but the name is similar. Don accept imitations,...
It should have a chat tool in the website, you send a message and they answer right away(sometimes half-day, when they are lazy) and they will arrange payment by Alipay or WechatPay, and give your passcode.
The website should be well made and written in good english, and I think their logo was a horse, so if is not like this, is not the real myssh and is some fake imitator.
China is still a dictatorship, right, It is not the Disneyland. But Even in England you cannot install a VPN at a school's computer......
They are unique and so nice, if you know how to be friendly, of course. So...
I started reading with attention, and her picture was actually pretty, ( for my taste, no cure for yellow fever)...
...But when She starts to call "Beijing" (!!!!!)...(sigh)...
The little cop of some whoever place in GuangDong, I just stop reading right there, Not to waste my brain with the unlogic logic that was possibly coming...
But, is an important datapoint. The Long winter is Coming, this summer has already lasted 8 years or so. But just 1 in a billion, but one by one you make a billion.
But i read more and things like this, quote from her:
"Many companies complained that their paid-for VPN services were not functioning for up to a week."
Sounds weird. Is easy to make a point to any theory in China, because there is a lot of people there, you can get a lot of datapoints and anecdotes to make any point, right.
If I want to make a pretty headline about the humanity hugest police crackdown on ICE(that drug the vietnamese girls like, and I have to say it is nice, maybe is Meth, I don't know , probably Australia is called Ice, In China is Called LIUBIN, and is the Drug Number 1 in China, The Drug of The People, so ........
I can write a book about that crackdown, right.......
...But for Entertainment, for the pure Fun itself, This was the best comment I ever read, And this proves that Hackernews is still not going the way of the Dodo (in this case, the way of Slashdot)...
And proves that, sofar, alecco is the smartest (or at least the funniest in a smart way ) guy in Hackernews.
There is a reason Professor Moriarty's bits always converge, and the reason was the Pure Fun, off course.
I almost forgot to answer the question:
The Chinese Cops use VPN's to watch Japanese Porn together with their wives and girlfriends, if they are not married yet, , because the Cops are not machines, so...
I think they will let this one pass unpunished...
Unless you are using a VPN to scorch the chinese President in public like I do: Xi Jin Pin is a Incompetent War Monger !!! I Want HuJinDao Back !!!!!!!
So, in this case, if they catch me using my VPN to do what I am doing here, so I will loose a lot of social points, my friend, and I will... BEI HEXIE LE ( Get Harmonized ).
Probably 1 full year in Jail, if they catch me saying what I am saying using a VPN.
So I am a Brave guy , Right?
I went to read my comment above with Maximum Attention, too see why is strange, or If there is something strange on the my comment. So...
Yes, there is something strange, thanks for pointing, dboon.
Sounded like I want a Competent War Monger as my ruler.
No, just to clarify, I want a Competent Not War Monger.
The government seems to be in panic mode, what with the recent news of luxury brands sales crashing 30-50%, lowest economic growth since 1990, 30% of factories have left while another 30% are looking to move within the next year, lowest level of birth since 1961, population set to shrink in 8 years, etc.
This is a good thing that shows(if not proves)that they are getting out of poverty.
And is something they pursued for decades, so this is pointless info for the point you make: "China gov in Panick mode"
Now, The current President, was already born with the lack of confidence, it means, the first day he assumed China's Gov, He was already in Panick mode.
He needed to break a lot of the internal stability and a lot of power lines Inside the Party, to arise to power, So , His government was born with this crucial weakness already,
And thats the reason the first week of assuming presidency he ordered to place absurdly ridiculous warmongering Ads in all the subway screens....
..Absurd and ridiculous even for the Chinese, the chinese average Joe is much smarter then what you think.
When a ruler start talking too much about war, you know he is afraid and Scared of loosing his power.
Master Margareth Tatcher explained that if you need to Show Power, It is because you don't have the power.
But taking google or yahoo down for days was already normal 15 years ago (when google was not totally blocked) ...
Is not anything significant, just a collateral datapoint, at least for me, who have much more Older and Broader data about this issue.
Luxury brands crash is not because of economic reasons, Luxury Buyers don't care about economical crisis, they are already freaking Rich, They are Rich in any situation, they are not affected, specially in China, where are Billionaires every corner. So why the sales dropped??
Because this wealth people got their moneys from corruption, and chinese people is fed up with this,( fight corruption, same as WarMongering, is the bulshitt the new president use to try to look better , because of his lack of confidence)...
And this people are afraid of the Security Police hunting down "grey" or "black money" , So they don't go near a Louis Vitton Shop even with a 10 feet pole.
Economy is bad because of incompetence of current government, Economical Incopentence, political incompetence, all Incompetence you can think.
That't the reason, but despise His Incompetence, our economy is still doing not so bad. So the wishful thinking of China Moon land deniers ( people who believe that the chinese space craft landing in the dark side of the moon is a fake video)...
And this wishful thinkers Deniers, will wait until the end of their lifetimes, if they think China economical Apocalypse is coming.
The Bible's Apocalypse will come before that, believe me.
I have been listening to "China will brake anytime now" for at least 25 years, before I even dream to be approved of the Economy University in China.
So I don't worry about economy, but I am extremely worried about the current government Malice and Incompentece,
...exactly the opposite of the former Hu Jin Dao and Wen Jia Bao ruling period, a period of Competent and wise ruling, that is unfortunately not the case right now.
It is especially true when they run out of steam right midway during a major purge.
Venisuela now is a textbook example of that.
Don't tell me you are a programmer, please.
A few years ago, Hacker News decided to change It's Spirit, and become more like reddit, because normal people like me feel shy or embarrassed to show ignorance in front of the Highly Intellectual High Level people who used to comment here....
By that time, I thought that decision made by HN rulers was a Wise decision, not to become the manure field Named Reddit, but become a little bit more fun and relaxed and have more human communication...
I am starting to think i was wrong....
I miss the TempleOS guy, really...
OH MY GOD!!!
I just went to wikipedia and saw that last year Terry A. Davis has passed away.
R.I.P Terry TT :( :( :(
This should be in a headline in Hackernews.
TempleOS will never be forgotten
I am crying. Tears for Terry, will never forget you, Man...
Employees of tech companies protest when their companies collaborate with defense departments. But, yet those employees aren’t very loud when it comes to censorship.
The 50s have called and want their witchhunt back.
by blattimwind. I will give the credit(in smaller fonts, sure)
maybe change/replace the "I don't like" by "stupid" or "dumb" or "brainwashed"
But when you make fun of Nazism, and you equate the negation of humanity, you make more harm then fun. Actually you make big harm for the world.
But Who cares 'bout freaking world, I will make my t-shirt.
humor was ruled by some supreme court as free to scorch anyone in any manner, if, and only if, made in form of charge. So I may need some drawing on it.
Yeah but is true, some people are afraid of communism as like it was Aliens from Evil planet, others are afraid of
Political Incorrectness as if was the Hydra of Lerna, so...each to their own.I upvote this blattimwind comment above, and I never vote, is against my principles, up or down, left or right. But this was a good one and is exception.
Wow, bing is even less popular there than it is here relative to google.
Why do people believe this myth? Microsoft has plenty of Chinese employees and Qi Lu was the executive VP of Bing for quite a few years. If there was an issue with the name, it would have been addressed by their marketing department long ago.
It also means other things like "ice", but "sick" is the first thing that comes to mind, and in China this is especially a big deal due to superstitions. Naming things is very important here.
amusing anecdote: I remember a discussion about someone who wanted to name his shop 森林木 (three trees symbol, two trees symbol, one tree symbol) and everyone told him it was a bad idea and it would fail because the trees where getting fewer and fewer and that this name was an omen of bankruptcy, and if anything he should put it in the opposite order. (He ended up choosing a different name entirely)
Bing is a really bad name, even tho this had probably nothing to do with it's relative failure
Moreover, as it's normally pronounced by westerners, Bing would most likely map to "bing1" anyway.
Sounds more like bing4 to my ear, but see for yourself:
It is abnormal you know.