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Internet Access and VPN in China

Internet Access and VPN in China

Due to the Internet policy of China, certain websites and applications are not accessible from the mainland, which includes those very commonly used in the west (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Skype and more). Some travellers have been able to gain access to those via a VPN service (installed prior to arrival in China). Make sure you comply with local laws and regulations when deciding on whether or not to employ a VPN, and which one to choose (if you do, only use those explicitly allowed by the Chinese government, and only use them for authorised purposes to avoid any trouble). There have been reports of foreigners in China getting their cell service cut off in response to unauthorised use of VPN being detected; restoring cell service required a trip to the local police station where contents of the device were investigated and certain apps removed. Giving that Google is banned in China, Google Maps might not be the most accurate and reliable source of information. Some local apps such as Baidu Maps and AutoNavi tend to work better than Google Maps.
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Public transport

Public transport

Buses in Xiamen are frequent, extensive and cheap and you could purchase an ‘e-card’ that can be bought at post offices which gives a 20% discount on the buses. You could also opt for the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) with its four routes (one of them connecting the city centre and the airport). There are two stations in the city, Xiamen Railway Station and North Railway Station from where you could reach the major cities of the country such as Hong Kong, Shangai, Beijing and Shenzen.
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