Shaanxi Tourist Annual Pass

Shaanxi Travel Annual Pass

The Shaanxi Tourist Annual Pass is collective ticket issued by local travel official. The pass program started since 2005, and contains several major tourist spot and museum in Xi’an and some other city in Shaanxi.

Generally, the valid period of the pass is from 1st, Jan- 31st, Dec. The price of  the ticket is 98 Yuan(RMB), which is much cheaper than the usual price. The ticket also need a photo(2.5×3.5cm) of the user, which is to make sure the Pass can only be used by holder himself/herself.

The Shaanxi Tourist Annual Pass could be bought online and  many places in Xi’an, like post office(like the one near Bell Tower), newsstand, and some travel agency. (Here is a list in Chinese)

In 2016, the ticket includes Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Daming Palace Relics Park, Archaeology Park of Han Yangling, Guanzhong Folk Art Museum, Hejiacun exposition of Shaanxi History Museum, and some other spots in Xi’an. For those travelers who prefer history, relics or museums, it might be a good idea to buy a ticket.

Offfcial website(in Chinese): http://www.029-china.cn/

Largest Tablet Computer, or Cellphone?

What is the size of the largest tablet computer?  10-inch? 20-inch? These answer are far from right. The answer is 55-inch. The product is coocaa honour A55, made by coocaa & Huawei .

A55

Yes, I know it just looks like a TV, but it’s a tablet (or cellphone?) in deed. For some ridiculous reasons, this tablet was invented. I have to mention State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) . As its name, Televison is managed by SARFT.

SARFT used made some strict rules on what can be broadcast on TV. But TV box changed everything, it can helper audience watch any program through the Internet, Thus, users don’t need cable account to watch news, drama, shows, etc. Furthermore, for its own interest, SARFT prohibit TV Box provide any online video.

Consequently, 55-inch tablet was invented. For now, tablet is out of the range of SARFT, it can play all the video resources online.

Wikipedia and Internet Regulation in Mainland China

This is Submission in Wikimania 2013.

The development of Wikipedia in Mainland China is not good in past few years. Wikipedia have been blocked several times for some sensitive articles, which is not welcome by the Chinese authority. So far, most of the Wikipedia articles and services can be accessed through “https”. For a long time, the Chinese Wikipedia can only be added/modified by people in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and VPN(or other proxy services) users in Mainland China, etc. without the participation of 500 million netizion, the number and quality of the Chinese Wikipedia articles suffered a huge lose.

The Chinese government never explained the rules of blocking, there won’t be any notice before or after the blocking. And of course you can’t sue any department, because no department is responsible for this action and no court will take such cases. If the reporters ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spokesman/spokeswoman would simply claimed the government just manage the Internet legally.

Last December, an Internet real-name system law passed in China. It required all the websites and Internet Service Provider(ISP) verifying the real-name information of their users. Besides this, another regulation required every websites put their records on government’s file before they go online, some websites are even required multiple approvals by different departments. The authority prefer the idea of “under-controlled encyclopedia”(like Baidu Baike) rather than a free encyclopedia out of their hand. Since the real-name system law had been passed, the government could simply declare Wikipedia fail to provide real-name information and therefore violate the law, that’s why it have to be blocked again.

As long as the rule of blocking is not clear, the development of Wikipedia in Mainland China have to face risk of blocking all the time.