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Traveling to China? Here’s how to access the Internet (infographic)

China is notorious for its unreliable wifi, so it’s easy to forget that it’s a massive internet hub with 450 million people surfing the web.

With vast differences in broadband speeds across the country, China Web Report has compiled this useful infographic to help you get online. The Chinese tech blog said it had garnered a great deal of interest about the differences in Internet speeds, and the correlation to demographic, economic and social factors.

We recently reported that the rise of tablet computing may spell the death of the desktop PC, but in China, it’s worth pointing out that the vast majority of people are not surfing the web on their smartphones.

As you might guess, the fastest broadband is accessible in the urban sprawls like Shanghai and Beijing. Inland, there is virtually zero Internet access. The research also revealed that it’s tougher to surf the web during the evening and early morning hours. If you’re still struggling, you may want to consider switching your telecom provider to China Telecom, which boasts the fastest broadband speeds.

Of course, if you’re struggling to access basic web search (Google, Bing, and so on) or your favorite social networking sites, it may be that you’re simply cut-off. The Chinese government is extremely stringent with electronic communications; for years, it prevented Google searches of the English word “freedom.”

Read the full report here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infographic courtesy of China Web Report / Top Image via Flickr (jblyberg)