I am in Hefei Metropolis, about 400km away from Shanghai.
So…it appears that instead of outright blocking access to certain websites, the Chinese gov*ernment is just capping the download rate of certain websites. Or something like that. Because I am having great difficulty in signing into my Flickr account, which had all my photos sitting patiently waiting to be displayed in the ten or so days worth of blog posts that I have not been able to write.
Is this a way of the Chinese gov*ernment getting around criticism that they are being too harsh on cen*soring information coming into the country?
“No, we are not blocking access to websites,” they could legitimately argue. What they won’t tell you, is that they have made access to certain websites so infuriatingly slow, that no one will bother waiting for the information to load.
The last two weeks have had their ups and downs. Notable highlights include:
- Amazing southeast-asia-feel scenery in south west Henan province (water buffalo, rice, rice drying on the side of the road).
- Rice harvest time!
- The food portions are getting noticably smaller. I am often having to buy two servings of noodles etc.
- I stormed out of a restaurant half way through my bowl of noodle soup because people were staring at me (through the window too) bombarding me with (the same) questions, and generally not respecting my personal space.
- I yelled at a guy who was trailing me on his motorbike to sod off, and felt bad afterwards because he was just a curious local. But there are 1.3 billion curious locals in China. And that can get on your nerves after a (very) short while.
- Headwinds for a week. Headwinds are the breath of the devil himself.
- It is hot. Very hot.
- Um…generally getting over China. It is time to get out. Too many people in this small space that is eastern China.
Anyway…here are some photos.