Rant Begins Now: There's not a day that passes that I want to get the hell out of this country. But I've still got a lot to see so I'm sticking around. I've gotten my shit stolen. I've been conned (unsuccessfully) by the chop shop equivalent of a camera repair store promising to fix my camera. I've gone a month plus without getting a single breath of truly fresh air. I haven't been to a single public restroom that didn't stink overwhelmingly of stale urine and smoke and mothballs and sometimes ammonia that makes my eyes water. I feel like I haven't gone a singe minute without hearing the noises of something man-made. The internet has been next to unworkable for a traveler without access to fast residential internet. I have to work daily and what normally takes me an hour back in the states takes 5 hours here. Sites within China are blazing fast like the sites that stream pirated shit such as movies. The biggest video streaming sites are exactly like our YouTube but host blatantly pirated versions of movies (movie box cover and all) from all countries. There is absolutely no respect for global intellectual property at all. You think PirateBay is bad? China is the worst offender by far and the government doesn't do shit to even give the impression that they care or respect the intellectual rights of others. All foreign websites are either blocked by the national firewall or heavily throttled. All of Google is blocked. Talk, Voice, Gmail, Chat, GoogleMaps, Search, Translation. YouTube Vimeo Facebook Whenever a news site publishes something negative about China, such as government corruption, it immediately gets blocked. I have to use a VPN to access all of these things but the connections are so heavily throttled that I can't even stream Pandora (only requires 64kbps). No Vimeo. No YouTube. I can access them but they are effectively useless. The Chinese are great at ripping off shit. Take Kickstarter, a site that celebrates the ingenuity of small inventors and entrepreneurs. www.kickstarter.com And now the Chinese version: www.demohour.com The Chinese Government: 1. Isolates the populace from having access to free information. 2. Protects its Chinese companies that rip off and profit off of the work and creativity of others by blocked the outside originals from being accessed. 3. Throttle everything not Chinese and not blocked so as to be unbearably slow. 4. The communist government recently got together to "debate" new policies and plans for the future. From reports, all the "debates" really were were party members getting together and reading aloud the sections of prose that they enjoyed from the president's speech. No dissenting opinions were heard. 5. The government can go * itself. I'm a Chinese American. I hope the Chinese government, so worried about saving face, will eventually understand how *shameful* their actions have always been. If they do something people don't like they will cover it up and block access to it. Or they allow others to copy and profit immensely off of things invented by others. How is this saving face? This is perhaps the most shameful, cowardly, and shallowest way to preserve one's image. China's efforts at saving face is hypocritical and a crock of shit to anyone but themselves. They need to man the *** up and take responsibility for their actions, including the bad ones. Maybe then the world can start to respect them. I completely understand why these things happen. I've been able to learn about the history and the cultural values that have resulted in such a state. But it doesn't mean that I can stand it. Compare all this to the first thing that has traditionally greeted immigrants to the United States. The Statue of Liberty. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" - haha, "shove your displays of face up your ass." TLDR: The Chinese government can go * itself.