funxiang.net: Blog funxiang.net: Blog http://www.funxiang.net/blog/ Copyright by funxiang.net en funxiang.net Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:43:36 -0500 GreenVPN Is the New Victim of China's VPN Crackdown

China's VPN crackdown has been continuing. The new victim is GreenVPN, one of the most popular and reputable VPN companies based in China.

Recently we learned that GreenVPN is shutting down due to new regulations from the Chinese government, which announced earlier this year that China-based IT company cannot provide VPN services to their customers without the license from the government.

This new rule doesn't affect VPN users in China. But it does affect VPN companies in China. Apparently GreenVPN's shutdown was because of this new restriction.

On GreenVPN's official website as well as on its mobile apps, this Chinese VPN provider announced that their VPN services will be shut down on July 1st 2017. Their current customers will be able to get a refund if they send out their refund request within a certain time.

It's a sad news to many China VPN users. Using VPN in China has been more and more harder. As local VPN companies will be shut down one by one, VPN users in China must switch to use foreign VPN services targeting China internet users. We think this trend will continue.

For people looking for a good VPN for China, there are some websites that test and review VPN services from China. VPNDada.com is one of those services. We were told by VPNDada.com that the Chinese government has been actively blocking VPN traffic in China and using a VPN is getting harder in this country.

We don't know when the situation with using VPN in China will improve (it seems to be getting worse!). Let's hope we can at least still have some working VPNs to use in China.

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Guide http://www.funxiang.net/blog/greenvpn-is-the-new-victim-of-chinas-vpn-crackdown/ http://www.funxiang.net/blog/greenvpn-is-the-new-victim-of-chinas-vpn-crackdown/ Editor Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:47:45 -0400
Bitcoin and China I guess more and more people are familiar with the word Bitcoin these days. Recently the news about the so-called bitcoin ransomware demanding payment in bitcoins has just make bitcoin more famous around the world. In addition, recent days the Bitcoin price has been skyrocketing. If you were likely enough to buy some bitcoins a couple of years ago, you must have made some serious money by now.

But what exactly is Bitcoin? Well, Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that was invented in this century. As a digital currency, Bitcoin can be used to make payments (more and more places are accepting Bitcoins these days) as well as for investment. Underlying Bitcoin is a distributed ledger called the blockchain that records and holds all bitcoin transaction data in the whole world.

Bitcoin doesn't belong to any country and it's not regulated by any bank or government. Everything is controlled by the Bitcoin software, which is running by thousands of computers globally. Many of these computers are run by so-called Bitcoin miners, who dedicates their computing power to keep track of Bitcoin transactions in exchange for the possibility of getting some Bitcoins back as a reward.

Bitcoin users stores their bitcoins in something called Bitcoin wallets, which are also computer software. You can buy bitcoins in a number of different ways, such as buying it from a Bitcoin exchange such as Coinbase with cash such as the US dollar.

Bitcoin has been quite popular in China these days. You can buy Bitcoins in China from some big Bitcoin exchanges in this country such as OKCoin, BTCChina and Huobi.

However, there were some government restrictions applied to China's large Bitcoin exchanges recently. Fearing that people might use Bitcoin to move their money out of China, the Chinese government recently told local Bitcoin exchanges to suspend Bitcoin withdraw. As a result, if you have Bitcoins stored in those Chinese Bitcoin exchanges, you won't be able to move your bitcoins to another Bitcoin address.

There is no news so far regarding when this Bitcoin withdraw ban will be lifted in China. But there are some rumors saying that more formal regulations will be finalized in China soon and as a result Bitcoin users might be able to withdraw Bitcoins in some regulated way.

Bitcoin mining is also popular in China. Because electricity is relatively cheap in China, many bitcoin miners choose to set up their mining computer in China. There are also some mining pools in China, which is a large collection of bitcoin mining machines that mines bitcoins at the same time.

As cryptocurrencies are becoming more and more popular, we believe Bitcoin will become more acceptable in the mainstream and also in China. Currently there are still many barriers in buying, trading and storing Bitcoins, but this situation will definitely be improved. I'm sure we will hear more and more about Bitcoins in the coming years.

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Guide http://www.funxiang.net/blog/bitcoin-and-china/ http://www.funxiang.net/blog/bitcoin-and-china/ Editor Wed, 31 May 2017 02:26:06 -0400
How to Bypass the Great Firewall of China

China is a great country and it's very exciting to travel in China and appreciate the long history and rich culture of this country.

Also, China has been developing at a very fast speed recently. When you are in China, you will find people using the latest technology such as mobile phones, laptop computers, iPad and much more.

In addition, the internet speed in major China city is very fast these days. No wonder you can do everything with a mobile phone connected to the internet in China these days.

However, there is one big problem for foreigners traveling or working in China. That's the so-called Great Firewall of China.

What is the Great Firewall of China? Well, it's a big internet firewall that censors contents in Internet traffic and blocks those that the government doesn't want Chinese people to see.

When you use the internet in China, you will find many websites or resources are blocked there. For example, you won't be able to visit Google, Gmail. You won't be able to use Facebook to connect your friends and families either. Twitter is blocked as well. And you won't be able to visit Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest either. I can't mention all blocked websites here because the list would be really long.

It's really a big problem.

But how to bypass the Great Firewall of China and unblock those contents while you are in China?

As a matter of fact, there are a number of ways to do that. Let me show you a few.

Use a SIM card purchased in Hong Kong or Taiwan.

If you buy some SIM cards in Hong Kong and Taiwan and use its data roaming feature to get online in mainland China, it's quite possible that your Internet connection won't be sponsored by the Great Firewall.

Use a proxy.

You can set up a proxy on your web browsers such as Google or Firefox. When the proxy is on, all your traffic will go through the proxy and it might be able to hide from the Great Firewall. This way, you might be able to bypass the internet blocking.

Use a VPN

VPN is more powerful than proxy because it will allow all traffic (not only for web browsers but for other software as well). There are many companies offering VPN services, including free VPNs, cheap VPNs, paid VPNs. Some VPN services are optimized for China. Please be aware that the Great Firewall blocks VPN as well. When choosing a VPN, you should make sure it's a good VPN for China. Some of them even offer free VPN trials that you can use to test it before buying.

Use a VPN router

The regular way of using a VPN is to use a software or an app. It could be troublesome because you have to turn the software or app on and off. But you can also set up VPN on a wifi router so that all devices connected to the router can enjoy the traffic going through the VPN

Above are some methods for bypassing the Great Firewall of China. Before you travel to China, if you need to use the internet in China, you should be prepared and have a solution ready for your trip.

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Guide http://www.funxiang.net/blog/how-to-bypass-the-great-firewall-of-china/ http://www.funxiang.net/blog/how-to-bypass-the-great-firewall-of-china/ Editor Tue, 30 May 2017 11:19:15 -0400
What You Need to Know About Tai Chi Many people have heard about Tai Chi or have watched people practicing Tai Chi in China or even in some other countries around the globe. But what is Tai Chi and what's the benefit of Tai Chi? Most people don't know, I believe.

There are many benefits of practicing Tai Chi, including both therapeutic benefits and healthy benefits. In addition, do you know that Tai Chi is a special form of Chinese martial art? You see people moving very slowly when they practice Tai Chi, but it's still a kind of Kung Fu and when being used correctly, can defend you against attacks from bad people.

As a matter of fact, the major benefits of practicing Tai Chi is that it put your mind, body and spirit into a good and dynamics state and thus can benefit your health in the long run.

Tai Chai also has some medical benefits. When you practice Tai Chi, you can recover from bad conditions or illness by relaxing yourself and revitalizing and nurturing your whole body.

Tai Chi is especially good for city people who are always busy and always under a lot of pressure. You can practice Tai Chi at your spare time on a regular basis. Once you have formed a habit of practicing Tai Hai, you might find your health is improving and you are better in handling pressure and might be able to focus better.

There are some resources for learning Tai Chi. If you are living in China, you might find some people good at Tai Chai and are willing to teach other people Tai Chi free of charge. Or you can enroll in some Tai Chi classes where you can learn Tai Chi together with other people. If you can't find a Tai Chi teacher, you might find some good Tai Chi tutorials on the internet, especially good Tai Chi video tutorials.

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Guide http://www.funxiang.net/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-tai-chi/ http://www.funxiang.net/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-tai-chi/ Editor Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:38:50 -0400
China Travel: Places To See

If you are planning a trip to China, you probably know that you want to see some of the major sights—the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. You want to see all of the wonderful historic and cultural landmarks in Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, and you want to travel the countryside and see some of the beautiful scenery. All that goes without saying, but there are some other amazing places you should see while you’re in China.

Make sure you get to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Army, which is a fabulous collection of hand-carved terracotta soldiers (some 6,000) still being excavated from a Qin dynasty site. The soldiers are rumored to not have two faces alike, and their horses are exquisite. This is a sight not to be missed, and while you’re in Xian, make sure you see the Shaanxi History Museum, Xi’an City Wall, and Huaqing Hot Springs. If you have the time to spend a few days in Xi’an, you’ll be amazed at the beauty and history.

Make sure you get to Shanghai, where you can see Nanjing Road, The Old Town, Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, the Shanghai Bund, and the Shanghai Wildlife Zoo. Shanghai is one of the most western-like cities in China, and well worth the visit. You might even find some good co-working spaces in Shanghai.

Of course you’re going to spend a few days in Beijing. In addition to the Great Wall and Forbidden City, don’t miss the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, and the Ming Tombs, the burial site of 13 of the 17 Ming Dynasty emperors, in all their splendor.

You will probably also want to spend some time in and around Gullin, which is extremely beautiful and has amazing scenery. You can cruise the Li River, see Elephant Trunk Hill and the Longji Terraced Field, and spend time admiring the beautiful landscapes. You might also want to visit Kknming, where you can see the Stone Forest and other breathtaking sights.

Another important place to visit, of course is the Silk Road, which is one of the most famous areas in China. You might, in fact, believe your voyage to China was not all it could be without seeing the famous Silk Road.

Traveling is always exciting. There is so much to see in China that it is impossible to see it all in one week, or even two; you could spend months traveling China and not see everything that you would find interesting, beautiful or even mind-boggling, as in the Terracotta Army.

When you arrange your China vacation, pick out a few things that you most want to see, and make sure that your package tour or personal tour guide includes these major sights in your itinerary. While you may find other things to see, and you may miss a few of the things you kind of want to see, you should be able to see the sights that are most valuable to you in your visit to China. And you may well find that you want to travel to China repeatedly to see all of the sights you miss the first, and second, and third times.

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Guide http://www.funxiang.net/blog/china-travel-places-to-see/ http://www.funxiang.net/blog/china-travel-places-to-see/ Editor Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:23:55 -0400
How to Plan Your 12 Day Vacation in China China is an amazingly rich country in terms of historical, cultural and natural treasures. In fact, China has twenty-four cultural sites and five natural relics listed on the World Heritage List, and the UNESCO World Heritage List has fifty-eight more locations on its tentative list. As you can imagine, there is a lot to see and do in China, and your vacation will be incredible, no matter what you decide to do. If you’re planning a trip of around two weeks, this 12-day itinerary can help you plan your vacation.

You could just take off, travel around and see some incredible sites, but you might miss some things you would really enjoy. It makes sense to plan what you’re going to do and how you’re going to travel through China, so you can see the best of everything and not miss anything truly outstanding.

Starting in Beijing makes sense for a lot of reasons, including the fact that Beijing is one of the most important cities in terms of China’s historical development, and contains a number of major treasures. During your three days in Beijing, make sure that you see not only the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, but also the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, The Summer Palace, and The Ming Tombs, as well as the traditional Hutong. This sounds like a lot to take in during only three days, but by planning carefully, you can enjoy all of these sites while you’re in Beijing.

You’ll then spend two days in Xian, where you will explore the history of China. Your major priority in Xian will be the Terra Cotta Army, an army of, literally, clay soldiers. You will also see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Both the Army and the Pagoda were important in the Chinese Revolution, and should not be missed.

You can then fly to Gullin, a breathtaking city that will renew your spirit and give you time to rest and relax. From there, on to Yangshuo and two days cruising the Li River. Don’t miss the Reed Flute Caves and the Elephant Trunk Hills on your cruise.

Next, spend five or even six days in Yunan. Make sure you visit Kunming, a beautiful city and very friendly to tourists from other countries. The Yunan province includes the Shilin Stone Forest, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and Erhai Lake, all beautiful areas to see on your tour.

You’ll finish up your time in China by visiting Shanghai, one of China’s oldest cities and one of its most famous. You’ll visit the Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Bund and French Concession. Make sure you spend some time shopping in the malls and markets if that’s your kind of thing.

Twelve days is both a very short time and a very long time for a vacation trip to China, and you will have a wonderful time exploring the countryside as well as the cultural and historic areas of China. Take lots of pictures and have a wonderful time on your trip.

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Guide http://www.funxiang.net/blog/how-to-plan-your-12-day-vacation-in-china/ http://www.funxiang.net/blog/how-to-plan-your-12-day-vacation-in-china/ Editor Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:46:55 -0500
China Travel For Business The economic and business opportunities in China boggle the mind. Many businesses are opening offices in Beijing and other Chinese cities, and many people find themselves traveling to China on business, sometimes frequently. China is, in every sense of the word, a very different place than any western country, and that makes it fascinating to visit. China is a country with a very long, rich history, a multiracial and multicultural country, and a country full of amazing sights. It’s also on target to become the third-ranking corporate travel destination in the world, according to American Express.

If you’re traveling to China on business, of course the best thing you can do for your business opportunity is follow the local culture and avoid any major gaffes that are likely to hurt your image. Everyone understands that when you’re in a foreign land you make mistakes in etiquette, but a sincere effort will make your business engagements go much more smoothly.

Attire is one of the biggest areas where it is easy to make a mistake. A dark, conservative suit is customary in China; this is a good idea wherever you’re traveling, actually. It’s hard to go wrong with a sober black or gray suit, and conservative tie. And don’t forget your socks. In America, socks with patterns are very popular, but solid black is probably a better choice for overseas travel.

The other major problem area is how to address another person. When you are speaking with a Chinese business person, unless you are close friends, always use their business title (“Director” or “Chairman”) and their family name. A famous example of this is Chairman Mao. The family name comes first in expressing Chinese names; always keep that in mind. Don’t get too familiar with a Chinese person you don’t know well. Other countries, particularly Asian countries, are often quite formal. It’s always better to err on the side of formality. Because formality indicates respect, you can almost never be too formal in China.

In most of China, business hours are from eight to five, Monday through Saturday, though some larger cities have a five-day work week. Government offices are often closed on Friday afternoon, and most offices are closed on major holidays, which includes the Spring Festival (most people take a week off), Labor Day on May 1, and National Day, which is October 1.

As long as you show respect for the Chinese culture and the people you will meet, you will probably do just fine on your business travels and in your meetings and encounters with Chinese business people. It’s not that different from traveling to any other country; while China seems very different from us, it’s really just another place where people have their own culture and rituals. If you follow their basic rules and do your best to fit in, you will be forgiven most mistakes.

Just remember to show respect, act professionally, and enjoy your stay in the remarkable land of China. While you’re in the country, try to make an effort to see some of the beautiful landscape and amazing historical and cultural sites.

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How to Travel in China At A Discount

You may be surprised at how affordable lodging is in China. While the hotel rates are far below what we are used to paying in the West, the rooms are comfortable and nice, and the people are generally very kind and polite to foreign visitors.

While in China, you can go on a reasonably priced guided tour, or get some maps, guidebooks and a backpack, and venture out on your own, if you’re comfortable traveling alone in a foreign country and have a phrase book or some other way to communicate with locals, who may not know English. Either way is very light on the budget.

You can almost always find discount flights to China, if you are flexible and willing to look for the best, most affordable flight. Working directly with a tour company or travel agent may help you locate the least expensive flight for your trip to China, and you may be able to avail yourself of a combination air/hotel/tour package that will save you even more.

While in China, consider traveling around the country by train to see the countryside. Trains in China are very affordable, and rail travel is a wonderful way to see more of China than just the cities. Plan your rail travel before you go, and be sure to plan on seeing some of the major wonders of China, including the terracotta soldiers and Leaping Tiger Gorge.

You may also be able to get discounts on admission to some of the local sights through your tour company, when you plan your travel to China. Many tours include the admission fees, so you won’t have to pay those out of pocket once you arrive in China.

And don’t forget, while you’re in China, to visit the many historic and cultural sites without admission fees, and take in some of the incredibly beautiful landscape. China has some of the most beautiful country in the world, and it takes no money, just time, to explore some of the scenic areas of this amazing country. And there are a lot of useful resources for China on the Internet. By the way, you might find many well-known websites are blocked in China. Therefore, you might need to get a VPN that works well in China.

While a trip to China may sound enormously expensive in the abstract, you can almost always find inexpensive flights and lodging, and getting around China and seeing the sights is really quite affordable, compared to traveling in some Western countries. It is well worth the money, and worth the time to find affordable arrangements, when you visit China, whether on vacation or business.

To find great deals on China travel, visit some online sites of travel agencies specializing in China travel, compare airline flights, check out some accommodations, and talk to some tour companies offering budget group tours to China. You’ll be surprised how affordably you can visit China. 

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Guide http://www.funxiang.net/blog/how-to-travel-in-china-at-a-discount/ http://www.funxiang.net/blog/how-to-travel-in-china-at-a-discount/ Editor Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:54:19 -0500