Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 May 2012
Total posts 106
Apart from the Communist Chinese App "WeChat" that basically seems to be a massive spy network for the Reds, does anyone who travels to China know how to keep in touch with folks back home using social media (Facetime, Skype, etc). I know Google G-mail doesn't work there.
Member since 15 Sep 2016
Total posts 43
I go to China monthly - if you setup a Microsoft office365 using 21Vianet - massive Internet operator in China (its not operated by MS), you can use Skype for Business, etc to communicate outside of China - caution as to what you communicate - if its just the family, kids etc - should be OK - not for any sensitive corporate communications.....
Member since 03 Dec 2017
Total posts 3
Had the same problem, but downloaded a VPN app and it gives access to everything including Skype, Facebook, Whatsapp... VPN Master is pretty good and very easy to use.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 08 Jun 2014
Total posts 89
WeChat is not a Communist application.
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
At many Western focussed hotel internet is outside the firewall so the usual tools will work.
Member since 18 Jun 2015
Total posts 30
Skype is now blocked too unless you use VPN. Apparently Messenger is not blocked there but the FB app is, so you should give that a shot!
Member since 17 Mar 2016
Total posts 7
You can buy a China Unicom (Hong Kong) cross border SIM card. This connects via Hong Kong's phone network and allows your phone/tablet to be outside the Great Firewall (Golden Shield). There are voice/data or data only options available, although there may only be data only SIM cards next year due to the voice SIM cards being used in mobile fraud cases. You can buy online or in many places in HK.
Member since 05 Sep 2013
Total posts 28
All of the Starwood/Marriot properties I have stayed at in China have the internet routed through HK so you get full unrestricted access to the web. No need to have your own VPN. Best to check if your hotel has this or a similar setup.
Member since 04 Dec 2017
Total posts 1
We have total freedom of communication there by using Vodafone 5 dollars roaming services. China Unicom is the preferred carrier while travelling with my Vodafone sim card. 4G service is available for you. I can browser Internet, What's app & facebook without burden. WeChat is also an option but you have to set it up first.
Member since 19 Jul 2017
Total posts 4
A few options.
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 159
The other poster's all have the right idea, I would only add that if you want to do business in China, WeChat is basically required. But this does really beg the question how much business you are likely to do, with such a poor attitude.
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