Without Your Own Computer

Almost any hotel with a business center, right down to Chinese government-rated two-star level, offers expensive Internet access, and almost every town has a few Internet cafes (wangba), with rates typically ¥2 to ¥3 (25i-40i) per hour, many open 24 hours a day. Locations of cafes are given for most cities in this guide, but they come and go very rapidly. Keep your eyes open for the wangba characters given in "Appendix A: The Chinese Language." In Hong Kong many coffee bars have a free terminal or two.

Many media websites and those with financial information or any data whatsoever on China which disagrees with the usually mendacious Party line are blocked from mainland China, as are even some search engines.

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