The Great Fire Wall of China has struck again…... 7 years ago when I arrived in China .. I was able to access Facebook , twitter and you tube… and a brief six months that was blocked by the Chinese Firewall, due to information being leaked out that was not showing China in a favorable light.. I was actually okay with that for a while because I wasn’t an avid fan of the three websites.
Everything has been fine until the most recent blockage. The All Mighty Google. Yep, Google has been blocked in Mainland China. My heart is broken…. I am a great fan of Google, I often refer to Dr. Google for all my medical questions, and any other research I might need. Now that it is blocked it makes life a bit difficult for us expats that depend on it.
It seems that this all happened on anniversary of Tiananmen Square that recently past and Google decided to show a memorial tribute to it on their search page. I often see the different memorials or celebrations that are shown on this page and I did not think much of it. However, China leaders did not like to be reminded of the incident. As a matter of fact, it is not in the history books, nor is it taught in school at any level. It is the incident that must never be mentioned. In the powers that be’s eyes, it never happened.
Yep, it seems they can just cut out the parts of history that is not “politically correct”. I find this ridiculous myself…. how would people feel if we cut slavery or the Indian massacres out of our American history? Needless to say, Google over stepped their bounds again in this country and evidently it was the last straw. They have been booted out of China for their audacity of showing a memorial of a horrible massacre that happened in the real history of China.
Now the only way to access Google, or Google mail is through a VPN or Proxy server. However, they can not be downloaded directly in China unless you have a friend with a VPN or Proxy already that can help you. There are free servers however they are not stable and when the government does a sweep of the illegal VPN they get knocked out first. I personally use a paid VPN and I have chosen one that is used by the locals. If anybody knows how to get over the firewall of China its going to be a native.
Strangely enough, you can access it on your cell phone, maybe they have not figured out how to block that yet.
So, Heads up if you’re coming to China…. Google has left the building… or country I should say. You are stuck with Mr. Bing (bing) or Ms. Yahoo (yahoo)… unless you want to use the Chinese produced search engine Baidu.com.
Also, although you have installed a proxy to sneak over the wall….. there are still chances that it just may not work. FYI, Hulu.com has now been blocked even with a proxy…. but I think that was done on the American side. Life in China … always filled with challenges you need to overcome.
until next time….