BEIJING (AP) — China is tightening control over foreign companies’ internet use in a move some worry might disrupt their operations or jeopardize trade secrets as part of a crackdown
Source: China clamping down on use of VPNs to evade Great Firewall
We will all have to wait to see how this may or may not affect us, but without a functioning method of bypassing the GFW then many expats, businesses will struggle to enjoy China.
This is an interesting read, I have often said that China is the beta test site for technologies that will be applied in the west.
Source: Chinese Government and Hollywood Launch Snoop-and-Censor Copyright Filter | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The maker of Budweiser just bought a stake in a craft brewery in China
Source: Beer: AB InBev Buys Into Chinese Craft Brewer Boxing Cat | Fortune.com
Boxing Cat Brewery makes the best beer in Shanghai, however I must drink as much as I can now before it is too late!
Apple Pay has finally caught on in the US, but one year on in China and it is still struggling.
Source: One year on, Apple Pay finding little traction in the Middle Kingdom
I think one aspect that is not mentioned in the article is that UnionPay insist that a PIN is entered when using Apple Pay (and in some circumstances a signature is required). This means that using Apple Pay is not really any different to using your debit or credit card.
The competition such as Alipay and Tenpay simply require the QR code to be scanned and the payment is immediate, a much better experience in my opinion.
It would not surprise me if this situation was intentional to ensure the business and profits stay in China.
If you’re living in China, you’ve got to know these ten simple hand signs.
Source: A Complete Guide to Chinese Number Hand Gestures – That’s Shanghai
Quite a good guide, check it out and practice!
Passengers abroad a China Eastern Airlines flight bound for Shanghai were recently rewarded with a free trip to the scenic middle of sunny Siberia following a small bout of engine failure.
Source: China Eastern Airlines flight to Shanghai makes unexpected stop in Siberia due to engine failure
Yikes! I’ve taken this flight many times before!
I find this really interesting, and about time the rules were enforced. I don’t think I have taken a flight in recent memory where the somebody has not been using their phone during take off or landing. The only strange thing with rules in China is that they will not allow a mobile phone to be used in Airplane Mode, yet a cellular based iPad in Airplane Mode draws no attention.
It turns out that China was actually serious when it warned passengers against using phones on planes last year. Shockingly serious, in fact.
Source: Three Chinese passengers have been jailed this year for using their mobile phones during flight: Shanghaiist
I’ve often wondered this while putting on my thermals to keep warm despite having the air conditioner on full blast.
Due to budgetary limitations, however, this heating entitlement was only extended to areas to the north of the geographical dividing line between northern and southern China – the Huai River-Qin Mountains Line. The logic being that they have a longer winter, which last for at least 90 days (meteorologically, a winter day is defined in China as when the average daily temperature falls below 5 C).
Source: Explainer: Why Beijing Gets Central Heating Yet Shanghai is Left in the Cold – Thatsmags.com
Some recent China news suggests VPN is now banned in China. Is VPN banned in China? We will discuss the news and whether you can still use VPNs in China.
Source: Is VPN Banned in China? – VPNDada.com
This is probably the best article I have read based on the recent new VPN laws announced in China. Many of the other articles pain the picture of the end of the internet as us Expats know it. Although we cannot be sure exactly what will happen, I think VPNDada.com have assessed the situation well.
As much as China excels at putting up buildings, they are they are just as good at taking them down.
Source: WATCH: 19 buildings blown to rubble in 10 seconds in downtown Wuhan: Shanghaiist
This is pretty cool, but what’s interesting is that the Shanghai Tower will soon be the third tallest building in the world!