Since Lin, Li and Michael are all sleeping and there’s no dirty dishes to wash, I am going to write down the “secret” of getting around the Great Firewall of China since I’ve got questions from more than one person now how we get on facebook – and the secret is TO PAY $5 A MONTH – that’s right, that’s all you need to do: using the VPN service so as though you are accessing from a US server. An added benefit of this is that we can use our Skype with domestic rate rather than international rates.
By the way, we are loving the Chinese sites, a few selected ones are:
http://www.pptv.com (this is the encyclopedia of TV series, movies, games and more, and from every continent)
http://www.youku.com (just gone IPO at NYSE, not sure why NYSE would agree to have this site go public since its all bootleg, but we love the Korean soap opera there)
http://www.amazon.cn (well instead of having Free Super Saver Shipping, here everything is delivered the next day for free on Amazon)
http://www.taobao.com (probably the largest shopping site in China, you pay for the delivery but the prices are really sweet and I like their payment system very secure, I buy diapers and all kinds of stuff from there)
We buy our organic veggies from Tesco, and an organic chain grocer called Haikele (free delivery for purchase over RMB 100/USD 15), who is also the sole seller of organic sugar-free yoghurt. City Shop is our favorite for imported goods and bread (free delivery for purchase over RMB 200/USD 30) even though a lot of the imports are way overpriced, I am just happy they have the whole line of Seventh Generation, from baby wipes to detergent.
After all, we are talking about China, where everything is made these days. Things are cheap here, if you are not talking about real estate. And the blocking of Facebook, Meetup, YouTube, etc. like I said, costs $5 a month to get around…