Why I cannot open pages from foreign website?

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I have recently noticed it has been more difficult for me to open my own website www.marketingtochina.com.

Nowadays it takes up to 10 seconds to open my own site while it usually should only take 2-4 seconds. Other than my site most websites hosted outside mainland China have become very difficult to open even with a 20M bandwidth which should be more than enough to load a simple web page. I went to my local Internet service provider and discovered that I’m not the only one with this problem. The employee explained to me in a hush voice and in my local dialect that the reason for this is due to the Chinese presidential election. Since last week, the Great Fire Wall (Great Fire Wall) has been restricting most foreign websites.

Angry netizens puts Fang (the Founder of GFW) in the game angry birds

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As a result, it has become much more difficult to open pages from foreign website or enter sites through google search. Actually, in many occasions when news like the Szechuan earthquake or mob in Xi Zang (Tibet), the great fire wall will block or limit internet use.

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It is very important for companies who want to develop their internet presence in China to know this. There are companies who are not familiar with the cyber environment in China and would try to create pages to save money. However, a lot of the pages become useless in China because many users cannot open the page or lose their patience before it loads.