This week I am Beijing, China doing a keynote address about SEO and domain names. There is free internet access here at the China World Hotel in Beijing, but is it really free? Maybe I should say that it is “restricted”.
There is a card in each hotel room on the desk that looks like this:
On the card, it says:
“Please be advised that the following popular websites listed are prohibited in the peoples Republic of China and are blocked by Internet service provider.
Thank you for your kind understanding should you need any assistance please contact our service center and extension zero. ”
On the back of the card, there are 12 websites listed:
Sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Flickr, and Instagram are all blocked. Certainly there are probably other websites blocked in China but these are the ones listed on the card in my hotel room.