Thursday, November 4, 2010

Travel Thursday | Great (Fire) Wall of China

I wanted to start something new today by calling it Travel Thursday (or is there one existed?! I can ride on it). Every Thursday I will (plan very hard) to post a single pic and a short description of it; be it my memories, my impression, my feel, my opinion... etc etc etc. Am sure you get it. Feel free to join me, I thought it will be fun.

My very first Beijing trip and learnt that the impressive Great Wall of China is also known as Great (Fire) Wall of China in cyberworld . Why? Apparently they blocked some sites, my main concern are favourite Facebook & Blogger. Sob sob....

Do you know any other country that blocks FB & Blogger? (As I need to get mentally prepared if I ever need to go there).

Beauty In Darkness/Chawanna/Traveller's Anatomy/My Kafkaesque life/ and the rest of travel blogger, do join in.



fufu said...

haha because they have fake facebook, youtube and blogger... sigh... was surprise to know they blog xanga, facebook, youtube and blogger when i was there 3yrs ago ><

Martina said...

Wow, that is MEAN! I mean, come on - China wants to take part in the world, they can't turn back the clock. I find China fascinating, but also a bit scary. Travel thursday is a good idea Lily, and the black and white picture looks great!

MKL said...

I hope to join TT next week, if I remember, haha. If so, I'll post on my green blog :)

China is of course a dictatorship, people are not free. They're controlled, the media is controlled, you can't say or do as you please. Makes me appreciate where I am now and the freedoms I can enjoy.

As for the firewall, I know Taiwanese love to post .jpg files on Chinese forums and leak the information from abroad, such as the nobel prize victory of a Chinese dissident, that according to Chinese media, did not happen. Lily says half of Chinese netizens are pro China gov., the other half is against, but they can't do much... Hope more and more young Chinese get to travel to free democratic countries and one day, if they become leaders, they transform the communist party and make China free and democratic. Yes, I have a dream :)

en_me said...

ahaha.. dah lamer me x bukak FB uoolsss..

sm said...

good info
fire wall
happy diwali

ag. said...

I love this idea! What a great photo that is...looking forward to Thursdays! :)

Gracie said...

Have heard about that with China. I hope you can survive with out your sites :)

Lily Riani said...


is that the main reason... gosh! but i have heard of xanga.


it is not as bad as you think it is. its quite interesting but i guess fufu the blogger have a point. a lot of fake websites.


well said, very well said. i agree on appreciating where we come from (some people just dont). my next trip i hope to be taiwan. then i hope i can see the view from all chinese country.


i cant follow you yek?


same to you. have a blessed deepavali.


join in the fun! i be looking forward to you TT.

Lily Riani said...


after 2 weeks, i have high urge and craving for social networking sites. ahhahaa

its simple love said...

That is so weird that they block those things! I have not heard of it. Every time I come to your blog I think, where haven't you traveled?!!?!?! I am so jealous. And that is so neat you plan to come to the U.S. next June! Come visit me! If you want to, you are more than welcome to stay with us or if you want maybe we can meet you somewhere and go climbing or hiking or camping! That would be so neat. Utah has a lot of National Parks and Yellowstone is not that far away. Let me know what you think! My email is itssimplelove(at!)live(dot)com


Shingo T said...

Haha, I was just asking for the Facebook name of my colleague in China, and was told about this ban.


Kellie Collis said...

I never knew that until now. Good to know then! Enjoy the weekend ahead, Kellie xx

Lily Riani said...


will definitely keep in touch and drop by. thats one of the reason - national parks but we only have 2 weeks, will need to plan really carefully.

singo t,

i didnt know till i was there, luckily MSN & YM is not ban else.... argh... boredom.


interesting right, and i thought the whole world have facebook/blogger or any social network.

Nicole said...

My boyfriend is studying abroad in China now and his internet is just awful! It shuts off at random times and blocks a bunch of things.

I've never been to the Great Wall before, but I've heard that there are certain parts you can go to that aren't tourist-ey and are absolutely gorgeous! Have you been?

GaneshPrasad said...

Thank you for comments on my blog Lily. All the best for your project. I'l be following keenly. Loved this post! and I love travel freaks :) Keep posting!

Luisa said...

Thank you foro your visit.
I spent three weeks in Burma and it was the same. No facebook, no Google, no yahoo, no flickr.... nothing at all!

TigerLily said...

hello Lily,
thanks for stopping by my blog the other day :)
I just got here on your blog and I enjoy reading it, I do have a secret lust of traveling hahha so reading your blog really entertain me :)


Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Hello! This sounds like a great idea for Thursday xox

Lynda said...

I love visiting your blog and seeing all these lovely places. Thanks for sharing your travels. :)

Lily Riani said...


you should join your bf sometimes. nope, am hoping to go Jiu Zhai Guo next autumn as i head the place is spectacular.


same to you, keep on posting too.


really? oh! and here i thought it was only in china. you pics made me wanna visit burma too.

Lily Riani said...


thanks for dropping by my blog. great to hear i entertained you from land far far away, perhaps you should fulfill your wander lust. ahhaha...

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things,

thank you for dropping by my blog. do join me for travel thursday. hope to hear from you :D


i hope i managed to keep you wanting more :D do join me on travel thursday.

Lily Riani said...


thanks for dropping by my blog. great to hear i entertained you from land far far away, perhaps you should fulfill your wander lust. ahhaha...

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things,

thank you for dropping by my blog. do join me for travel thursday. hope to hear from you :D


i hope i managed to keep you wanting more :D do join me on travel thursday.

Nisa' said...

Hello, I'm leaving for Beijing in winter. What are the places of interest around there? Other than Great Wall of China.

Please let me know on my tagboard if you have replied to this, thank you.

Liudmila said...

What a great photo you choose for the beginning! Very special! Like walls of the sea!

I think, different if not many countries have restrictions. Maybe they are not so largely published. Read any contract in the european or american sites. You have not use these or that words, you have not write words that can offence anybody -do you think, there is one among 6 milliards of humans that could be not offenced by any word you can say or write?
etc etc etc.

So, the media want to advertise only what they are paid for.

Lily Riani said...


replied on your blog. do enjoy yourself yah.


you are right, the wall looks like wave in the sea.

gosh! really, i didnt even know if its not because of you are telling me. i guess its controlled news nowadays then.

Traveller's Anatomy said...

me in!
I posted mine every Monday tho :)

I'll be going to Beijing next Feb and taste their cold winter. Let's see whether I can stand their temperature and those firewall.

Tina said...

thats a nice theme idea. look forward to seeing your memories each week :)

site blocking sounds a bit harsh doesent it.

Lily Riani said...


allaa... kite buat bersama2 lar... ehhehe... beijing yek, sure best kan, sejuk2. update blog yek nanti.


do join me in travel thursday.
it was shocking as i didnt know, but apparently it is in some other country as well. ignorant me i guess.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Sometimes I wish I could block FB !... I mean I like what I put on there ! ......must have the wrong friends of something !!

Miles Of Style said...

i totally want to visit China someday...i think some countries in the middle east block orkut and fb too. i can't imagine living in any of them hehe :)

Lily Riani said...


you can remove your friends or limit your profile, thats what i do, some people cant comment on my wall.


am too lost for word knowing that you are back! yeay!

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

i wonder why they block social networking sites in China? but before i left for china for the Olympics in 2008, they questioned my purpose of visit because i used to work for a tv station and i was considered a media personnel. hmmm

Lily Riani said...

Pinoy Boy Journals,

not sure about that, but interesting right. i wasnt asked, the visa was issued as per normal.

Michaelle said...

We had lots of internet troubles when we visited Beijing. I believe in the "Great (fire) Wall of China."

Lily Riani said...


i know how it must feel,am going again. argh.... for few days will be tough again.

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