How to Hide Your Ass & Surf Anonymously in Beijing

The number of internet users are rapidly increasing every year all over the world. Especially in Beijing, China! Due to this larger growth in use of technology in everyday life, it has now become easier to spy on people, especially for the Chinese government! It is really possible for them to steal our data, emails and private conversations. Which is a common day occurrence in most Chinese cities.

HideMyAss: How VPN Works

There are a number of ways which we can use to protect our identity and browse through the internet anonymously. Consequently, it will also help to jump the Great Firewall of China. The IP address is our identity in internet. When you connect to internet, your ISP (internet service provider) will assign you an IP address. Hiding or changing the IP address is one of the common ways to surf anonymously. If you change your IP address and use some other IPs, then your original geographical location will be hidden. The website you are visiting will never find out from where you are visiting it.

The best popular ways of doing this is through proxy servers, VPNs etc. The one I honestly recommend because I have been using them for years, is HideMyAss which if you are serious about using the internet in a secure way, is a must service. Of course, don’t just take my word for it but read on to get to know more and choose the best way that fits you best.

How to hide your ass while using internet

Proxies

Proxy is nothing but a web server. It can be used to hide our real IP address. When we use a proxy server, we are connecting to the website we want to visit via the proxy server. So basically the website will think that the connection is coming from the proxy server. The proxy will send and receive data on your behalf. It simply act as a relay. There are many proxy services available on the internet. To use them, first you have to get their IP address. Then enter that IP address to the proxy settings of your browser and you can start browsing anonymously. Proxies are slow and they do not encrypt your data.

Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

VPNs are the most popular method used to hide identities. Many free and paid VPN tools are available on internet. If you install any one of them, you can connect to a remote private network. Just like proxy servers, all your data will be tunnelled through this virtual network after you establish a successful connection. VPN not only hides your identity but also the data you send and receive is encrypted. Even if someone tries to spy on you by stealing your data transmission, the data will not be readable due to the encryption. Most VPN tools allows its users to select IP addresses so that the user can decide from which location they want their connection to appear.

It’s important to note, that HideMyAss is excellent because it supports both VPN & Proxy methods. Giving you the best of both digital worlds so to say!

Tor browser

If you are willing to move on to a new browser, then Tor is an excellent choice. Tor browser protects all your data and hides your location by bouncing your communication around a distributed network. Let’s say you are visiting a website. There will be multiple relays of private connections between the web server and your computer so that your data is extremely protected. The data will bounce through multiple locations before reaching its destination. Setting up Tor is simple. Install the browser and click on connect button and you are done. Your geographical location will be hidden.

There you go. So let’s get busy protecting, or hiding our asses while traveling Beijing!

Danny Park

Everyone Needs a Friend “May Tours” in Beijing

Everyone has to have their own style of travelling. For some, it’s about breaking boundaries, for others borders. I am the boundary kind of guy, who wants to find out more about oneself. And for that, travelling is simply the perfect hobby to make you grow and thinking about things like who am I, and why am I on this planet. Thinking about these questions doesn’t mean that you have the answers, and that’s the very trip that is taking place. Perhaps until the end of my life if you know what I mean. But those, who just want to cross the border without getting their necks into all kinds of adventurous and unknown situations are just as well entitled to enjoy their holiday.

May Tours Beijing

Better yet, these two kinds of people aren’t that far apart really. Because deep down, everyone is there to enjoy right. And if I would deny a certain kind of joy from my adventures, then I would be denying a part of myself right. The idea is to simply learn from anything and anyone, even if they are just so called “ordinary tourists”. In fact, with this way of thinking I don’t really consider my self a backpacker either. I like to think of it as something more profound, something that is just me. Like everyone else.

Probably a lot thanks to this attitude, I can help out a lot of people who come to Beijing for the first time. Not just show them around, but give them suggestions on how they can move around by themselves. Or then there are even those who like to use travel guides. Not every choice is going to be great for everyone, obviously. But if I would recommend one simply fantastic licensed tour guide group in the city of Beijing, it is May Tours. These guys are like your friends, because they want to enjoy their time. Having been with a few tour groups I can say that the level of service here is just astonishing because it doesn’t feel like some kind of business. They just make you want to tip them to bits because they are so awesome and great.

Being a tour guide in Beijing is not an easy job. Especially in the hot summer days, when they have to move all around. Imagine the feeling you have after you collapse to your hotel bed after a trip to The Great Wall of China. Well, multiply that by a hundred and you are somewhere near the feeling these generous guides are. So next time you are with them, please appreciate the effort that is put into the work. That’s why not every tour group is good and that’s exactly why I think May Tours is so amazing. I always recommend it to my friends and the word goes around. Feeling very lucky to have found such a great company.

Actually “May” means beautiful in Chinese and I think it’s the perfect name for them. Just wanted to recommend you to guys who needs a friend in Beijing. Because everyone does need one sooner or later, there are just different kinds. Making friends is another taking that probably I will be getting into another totally different sort of post.

Thanks and great to see you guys after such a long time. Maybe some technology related posts coming later. Who knows. Love.

Danny Park

A Look Into The Acrobatic Shanghai

While Beijing is our favourite destination, the second has to be the amazing city of Shanghai. This city too, is filled with the most stunning acrobatic performances and other performing arts. The picture above, is a special highlight from one of our favourites the Huxi Grand Theatre in Shanghai. Having watched the show many times in the past, it has never failed to give the goose bumps. And judging from the look of the audience, they just as or even more satisfied than me.

Huxi Grand Theatre Shanghai Acrobatics

What I first noticed about the Huxi performance, was that it’s special and different from other such performances in town. I love it when people dare to be different, creating special effects and interaction with the audience like never before. That fact alone, keeps me on my toes as I watch it at this grand theatre. Even the locals love it, which is usually one of the best signs of a good show. I have even seem them improve over the years, which is another aspect not that obvious in the Shanghai scene.

Hope you liked the picture as much as we did taking it. See you in Shanghai!

Beauty of Peking Opera

Without a doubt, Peking Opera repertoire in Beijing is one of the most beautiful performing acts in the whole of China. With colourful shows that enchant locals as well as visitors with ancient tales of the history of the country and Beijing.

Liyuan Theatre & Peking Opera Repertoires

The famous Liyuan Theatre, that holds more than a ten year history in the past of the performing art.. has thousands of performances behind it and does not fail to please even the toughest audience in the city. The play consists of different styles of Peking Opera as well as martial arts, dancing, music, singing and many many other things as well.

If you want to take a trip to the ancient China and learn something deeply profound about the culture.. as well as enjoy a beautiful performance. We recommend the Liyuan Theatre repertoire in Beijing!

The Temple of Heaven

The Taoist, “Temple of Heaven” in Beijing is just one of the many, “must see” destinations. And for a reason! This complex of different religious buildings amazes tourists from all over the world. It’s famous for it’s annual ceremonies that took place during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Therefore many famous emperors have visited there and performed rituals. Making it a unique place of ritual in Beijing.

Temple of Heaven in Beijing

The target for worship was to pray heaven for a good harvest for the coming year. It is surrounded by a huge park, which is famous for local Beijingers doing exercise. Visit there early morning and you can take part too!

Streets of Wangfujing

This is probably the most well known and classic area for shopping.. and to see the modern China in glamour. While a lot of it is just boring brand shops. There are exiting things as well. 24hour restaurants where you can drink all night, crazy street vendors.. selling all kinds of strange night snacks and goods.

Streets of Wangfujing

I guess it mostly boils down to the nightlife.. the best bars are not here.. but it’s a great place to walk and watch out for your wallet. Wangfujing is a must see in Beijing.

Acrobatic Show in Beijing

Without a question one of the best performances in the city has to be the “Acrobatic Show Beijing” venue hosted by Chaoyang Theater. This proud production is loud and colorful with excitement that originates from its founding year in 1984. While still retaining the original feel of traditional Chinese acrobatics, modern stunts have been adapted to create an ensemble like no other in Beijing.

Acrobatic Show Beijing

The Chaoyang Theater is highly popular with tourists and serves a wide variety of visitors from all around the world. The massive hall can fit up to 1400 spectators and with two daily shows, it’s hard to miss if you are in town.

Beijing 798 District

The 798 district of Beijing is an example of the abundance of creativity that is blooming within the city. This is the centre of art and hosts several exhibitions, shops as well as work shops where artists are busy creating their works of art. Visitors are welcome to walk around, get to know the locals and their art.

Beijing 798 District

Don’t mist this artistic fun town and it’s recommended to reserve the whole day so you don’t feel disappointed for the lack of time there. Let us know in the comments who you liked it as well.

The Great Wall

Obviously one of the biggest sights near Beijing is the Great Wall of China. This 13,170 mile stretch of painstaking work does not fail to amaze its visitors. Even the locals like to visit the walls over and over again. Not just the wall construction is amazing but so are the breathtaking mountain views!

Great Wall of China

I hope you liked the beautiful photograph I have taken from the wall. Let me know in the comments if there are other types of pictures you would like to see on my humble China blog. Cheers!

Beijing Tram in Qianmen

Not everyone could imagine that such a view can be found from Beijing. Qianmen Street is a strip of historical buildings,  more than 500 years old. Also the tram circulating the street is very old.. in fact the only tram in the whole city. But it has been left there for the enjoinment of visitors. Renovated and still operating!

Beijing Tram

Coming to the city to have some fun? Come and see me and let’s do it together. Please, check out the contact page to get in touch with me. See you soon friends.