A Little Update…China and the Great Firewall

Just a quick update here – I’m heading to China today!

Yep, right this very moment I am en route to meet two friends from the states in Beijing. You’ve seen them in past stories here on A Little Adrift, but you’ll meet them again in a few weeks, once I manage to post the many stories and photos China will inspire.

Thanks to Travis at Flashpacker HQ for the snapshot below and some China tips (as well as the dozens of China posts at Uncornered Market) as I panicked and prepped the past couple days!



This is what I have to look forward to in Beijing, then a handful of days in Guilin and Yangshou before wrapping up in Shanghai at the end of the month when I’ll part ways with Niki and Peter and head back to my temporary home in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Post Schedule, But Firewalls in Place

I have a couple of travel memories lined up for the next two weeks to keep you entertained. China has what is known as the Great Firewall of China in place to block websites and information access. Although I could use a VPN or proxy and work a lot from the road (and may use it to feed my Facebook addiction), I’m choosing not to deal with slow connections and frustrations; I’m taking a bit of a break!

Thanks for following the journey thus far, thanks for understanding the dearth of posts in the coming 11 days, and see you on the flip side! :)

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11 Responses to A Little Update…China and the Great Firewall

  1. Flipnomad April 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    enjoy your china trip shannon… cant wait to go there too by the end of this month… the dimsum and all the tasty chinese food are waiting for me lol :-)

  2. JoAnna March 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip when you return!

  3. roundwego March 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Enjoy your trip to China! Interested to hear your take and all about your visit. Safe travels.

  4. MsTravelingPants March 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Spectacular photo. It is certainly on my list of to visit.
    Look forward to tweets & updates.

  5. Jason March 24, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Enjoy China Shannon, I visited for the first time a couple of years ago and was pleasantly surprised by what it had to offer. I’ll be going back, if that’s for sure.

    You’ve been posting quite regularly of late, so line a couple up and take the break.

  6. Bluegreen Kirk March 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Look forward to hearing about your travels and seeing photos of the sights from your trip. Hope you and your friends have a blast.

  7. Nomadic Matt March 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Internet breaks are good. I take too few of them. Take the break. It’s amazeballs.

  8. Andi Perullo March 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Have the most amazing time! It’s one of my favorite places in the whole world!!!

  9. Lindsay Hogg March 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Ahh yes. I remember being blocked from everything in Beijing. I made up for it by spending a lot of time outside and at the bar. Have fun! :)

  10. Sofia - As We Travel March 21, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Have an awesome time, look forward to reading about it :)

  11. Gray March 21, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    I don’t blame you a bit. I’d consider the forced time off-Internet as a true vacation. Enjoy!

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