My 4mbps telecom connection has gotten progressively worse over the past month or so. Even when things seemed to be working alright I could rarely get over 2 mbps, so I switched to a 2mb connection today and things seem to be exactly the same.
I've started to think that telecom does some very strong prioritizing. Sometimes I can barely get gokunming.com, skritter.cn or caing.com to load at all, yet internet giants like baidu and youku are still plenty fast. Needless to say at these times I can't connect to foreign sites at all.
Perhaps China Telecom is experimenting with tiered service to make their 500kbps service seem like 4mbps.
The GFW is probably messing with the google app engine. Skritter.com isn't working because they use the gae. Also, gtalk works fine, as do all my android google apps.
I hope this is temporary as it's pretty unbearable to constantly use a vpn. I don't know if it's really a protectionist scheme. Does google still have significant market share in anything outside of searches and advertising? Maybe google maps? I don't think many Chinese websites use the google app engine.
Are there any single track trails? Double track? How technical are they? Is most mountain biking simply dirt roads? Do you ride to the trailheads from the city?
I recently moved to Kunming and am planning to buy a bike. I only want to buy one. If there's technical mountain biking out there, I'll get a mountain bike. If everything can be ridden on a 700cc hybrid, I'd rather get that and have a little more speed and range on the pavement.
I'm just suspicious because on a previous visit to Kunming I was taken on a "mountain biking" trip that consisted of riding mountain bikes up a paved road. Maybe that was just my bad luck, and I don't mean to be derogatory, but I'd like to know what's out there before I buy a mountain bike.
Thanks for your help
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