“Hey we can sent message…If you get this message pls reply me let me know. :)”
– a friend in Xinjiang
“Yay! Hey josh!”
– a friend in Shanghai
As of 12:01am this Sunday morning, January 17th, I am now able to send and receive text messages all over China for the first time in 6 months. The news was released as a one-sentence statement on the web but has been quickly forwarded all throughout the province via…can you guess? That’s right, text messages. Finally I can receive something besides a public service announcement telling me to be careful driving on highway 217 because it’s icy.
Naturally I’m glad things are getting restored, but I honestly care little about text messaging. All the people with whom I can text I could just as easily call (I feel the same way about the texting phenomenon in America, but that’s another story altogether). I’m more interested in contacting the people I can’t call at the moment, and this latest development does nothing to solve that predicament.
- What is the Largest Province in China? - July 3, 2019
- Best VPN for China 2019 (that still works despite the ban) - July 1, 2019
- Kashgar Sunday Bazaar | Photos & Video - June 26, 2019
- Yili (Ili) Xinjiang | Top 5 Places to Visit - April 10, 2019
- Turpan’s Jiaohe Ancient City 交河故城 | Traveler’s Guide - April 3, 2019
- Urumqi Airport Traveler’s Guide 2019 (Xinjiang) - April 1, 2019
- Best China Visa Service for US Travelers - March 27, 2019
- Urumqi Train Travel 2019 Guide 乌鲁木齐站 - March 25, 2019
- Top 10 Uyghur Foods to Eat in Xinjiang - March 20, 2019
- How I Use Gmail in China (despite it being blocked) - February 14, 2019