Aside from a few hours walking around West Lake and shooting some pictures (too bad it was overcast, hazy, and humid all day) I've been catching up on my digital life: reading work and personal email, various RSS feeds, and so on.
I ended up following a link earlier that led me to a Wikipedia article and watched it timeout. I tried it again and it failed. Then I remembered this comment from Daniel on my original post about coming to Hangzhou.
Apparently Wikipedia really is blocked in China. I tried to outsmart the Great Firewall by going back to the search results page where I found the link and trying to view the cached copy.
Guess what. The servers that host Google's cached pages also seem to be blocked.
This led me to keep track of what other sites ended up unreachable and presumably blocked. The list so far is quite strange.
Interestingly, Ian's blog is hosted by Yahoo! Web Hosting, while the other two are hosted WordPress.com blogs. I am able to get to TypePad blogs, it seems. But I'm unable to get to the Yahoo! Search blog, also on Yahoo! Web Hosting.
Thankfully I could tunnel my HTTP traffic over an SSH connection back to server in the USA and visit these sites anyway if it was a big deal.
Wouldn't it be educational if instead of simply being blocked, one was directed to a page the explained what the fuss was about?
In any case, I'll keep track of other "problem sites" I come across.
Posted by jzawodn at May 18, 2007 03:12 AM