access in China
was difficult getting internet access in China a mere 6 years
ago. Corporate leased line were difficult to apply for, hotels
had no internet access, dial-ups were extremely unreliable, xDSL
or cable were largely unavailable and cybercafes largely denied
China is one of the easiest country in the Asia to make internet
accessible to businesses, homes, travellers and students.
you are a business traveller or tourist, you will be pleasantly
surprised that almost all hotels, down to 3 stars hotels, even
in more remote Chinese cities offer broadband internet access
in their hotel rooms. Most rooms will have an ethernet port
to hook up to the hotel's broadband. Access is mostly automatically
DHCP with dynamic IPs but in certain Chinese hotels, you may
need to call the reception to allow access from your room.
can also visit a cybercafe or 'wang
ba' as they are known
in China. Cybercafes are everywhere in China and can be a dingy
5 computer setup to large cybercafes with hundreds and hundreds
of computers. Most cybercafes in China are patronized by young
people whose sole purpose are computer games or online-chatting.
These youngsters can spend days in the cybercafes without going
home. If you find them too noisy for your liking, you can even
request for a private VIP room to surf in peace and comfort!
a foreigner, you will need to show your passport before you
can be allowed access to a cybercafe. In many provinces, the
local law requires your picture to be taken and your particulars
a central database. The cybercafes are pretty strict about
this or they are liable to have their operating licences taken
away. Cybercafes are lucrative businesses in China and you
can be sure that they implement the required laws most strictly!
of the problem that you may face as a foreigner in
China in a public cybercafe is that all the log-in procedures and computer
only be in Chinese even in the tourist areas. Hence, you
will need the cybercafe operator assistance before you can
eventually start answering all your Hotmails, YahooMails and
you like visiting coffee cafes, you will also find that many
of the newer cafes in the big Chinese cities offer internet
points for you to plug in your laptop. Most of the time, usage
for an ethernet cable and a powersocket. At this point of time
in writing, wireless internet access does not seem to be
popular as compared to wired access in these cafes.
you are running a business, getting a corporate lease line
or xDSL broadband is a breeze with very competitive Chinese
ISP fighting for
your business. Monthly charges are low and access speed is
decent. In fact, many newer office buildings in China offer
broadband access as part of the rental deal and you need not
to the ISP.
users are well taken care of as well. Many new apartment also
comes with broadband access or you can apply to the Chinese
Telecoms directly. Charges for monthly sDSL broadband can be
as US$12 for 2Mbits of access speed or even better.
of the internet
is one of the countries with strict internet laws. Having said
that, internet usage in China is very, very common and popular
for both business and personal use and not tightly controlled
as may be often portrayed by Western media. Because personal
computers are still
by China's income standard, most people access the internet
from cybercafes or from offices.
websites hosted in China need to be a approved by a government
unit. One of the first thing you will notice in China is that
domestic sites are blazingly fast but foreign hosted sites
tend to be very slow. This is due to foreign sites having to
go through a proxy(for Chinese censorship purposes) as well
as a bottleneck on China's limited conduit out to the international
to host your website within China if you intend your main audience
to be in China.
foreign sites such as CNN, Falungong, Playboy and other sites
deem sensitive to China's society are blocked.
applications and development in China are often of a high standard.
Many domestic sites such as Alibaba and Sohu has made it to
the very competitive top internet arenas. Many web development
companies from Taiwan, South Korea and even the USA has also
made China their development base for their web applications
China offers a large pool of competitive and high qualified
will find China a good alternative source for outsourcing IT
projects in addition to Indian companies.
more information about Chinese business culture, check
out this interesting China
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