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日期: 2017-07-20
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WHAT IT TAKES LIVE IN CHINA, FIND A SCHOOL AND TEACH WELL
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What you might want to know regarding technology in China, from basic questions about the internet, to mobile phones and so on. 


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How is the internet in China? 

You will find any website and application extremely fast in China.. However, anything based outside of China will either be blocked or very slow. China has its own version of every Western website (YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, etc.)


Do foreign websites work in China?

Due to restrictions set by the Chinese government, some websites will not be accessible without using a VPN. 


What is a VPN? Is it legal?

A VPN is a virtual private network. It will allow other users and your computer to believe that you are located elsewhere depending on where you choose to connect to. Once connected, you will be able to browse the internet in the location you are connected to. For example, if you connect to Hungary, you may be directed to Hungary Google. VPN's not approved for use by the Chinese government. however, they have shown little concern of foreigners using VPNs. In the past, VPN services have been shutdown by the government. 


What are some VPN recommendations?

Most of our teachers use Astril or Express VPN. You may do some research to decide which VPN is best for you. 


What exactly can the WeChat app do in China? Why is it a must have?

WeChat is everything good and nice put together into one application. You will find just about everything is linked to WeChat (including your bank). All communication whether business or personal is done via WeChat. You will be in many group chats sharing newly discovered stickers and sending red pockets (you will find out soon enough). If you don't have it, you will find it very hard to connect with others.


How do I go about setting up a mobile phone number?

As part of orientation, an English speaking staff member will be with you to set up a mobile phone number.


Any other mobile app recommendations to download before I come?

Pleco is a great translation app that will be used very often. It is also recommended to connect your VPN to your phone. 

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