If you have not read my post on the 3 Most Important Sites for Travellers Blocked by the Great Fire (Wall) of China.
I have recently travelled to China, and happily forgotten about the Great (Fire) Wall of China, it has caused me great agony in doing my travel research when I was in China.
So, Instead of Google Search, I used Yahoo Search / Bing and Baidu.
In China, Google the grandfather of all Search is being blocked, and when I was doing my research. I had to use Yahoo Search and Baidu. Baidu is a Chinese search engine, it has limited English searches and it would be good if you know Chinese. As I am from Singapore, I had studied Chinese, therefore, when using Baidu, it wasn’t that difficult for me.
So, Instead of Gmail, I used Hotmail and my personal domain email.
When I was booking my hotel, I was not able to use Gmail to received the confirmation email. Therefore, I used firstname.lastname@example.org to received the confirmation email. If your main email address is Gmail, you could use Hotmail to received the confirmation email.
So, Instead of using Expedia, I used Ctrip.
Whenever I book for hotel rooms, I tend to use Expedia, as it has the price beat guarantee. I had reviewed it here.
Ctrip is the china version of Expedia for booking of trains, flights and hotels.
So, If you want to use Facebook and Instagram, you need a VPN.
If you do not want to use the alternative, and would like to continue to have a seamless travel research using Google Search, Expedia, Facebook, Instagram,….and bypass the Great Fire Wall of China.You might want to consider getting a VPN.
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