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In general, the big social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc) are blocked from within China. This applies to mobile devices too. (I'm not sure about Whatsapp, I didn't try it when I was there last year, and it might have changed since then anyway.) Gmail worked, and most other web-based email provides probably will too. Most foreigners who spend a lot of ...


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The quick answer is "Yes, but you'll need to do different things depending where you're from". Hong Kong has different entry/visa requirements from China, in general it's much easier to get into Hong Kong. You can see the different country requirements on this page. So the chances are you will be able to get into Hong Kong. Then you can get the train, ...


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Taiwan has almost no embassies left, having lost the battle with the PRC for recognition (with very few, mostly insignificant, exceptions). What are usually present are offices that provide consular services with names such as "Taipei Economic and Cultural Center". China (The People's Republic) has nothing to do with Republic of China (Taiwan) visas, so ...


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My experience is that social media and major news sites are normally blocked. Likewise, Wikipedia. You can usually get the news from a newspaper's website that isn't one of the big newspapers, although the filter will sometimes decide a certain page isn't to be had even then. Note that I have also encountered an internet cafe that was running something ...


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I haven't been to China, but I have visited Iran and the filtering technology is similar. For the entirety of my world trip, before arriving in IRan, I was using a personal VPN from AnonyProz to secure my connection when eg using public wifi. I was surprised to find that this VPN did not work at all in Iran, despite being run over port 443 (HTTPS/SSL). This ...



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