Xinjiang netizens grateful for restoration of Internet access

14:31, May 27, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The news of restoring the Internet came as a great relief for the region's users, who are now able to browse the web, chat online and put up postings again. CCTV reporter Feng Jinchao is in Urumqi to see how the restoration affects around seven million users.

Qinfen cherishes the hours he spends in an Internet cafe. As a young doctor, Qinfen says being online is vital to his work so the block in access the past 10 months has made his life difficult.

Qinfen, Urumqi Resident, said, "I used to look for information for my work for free on the Internet. But since the service was cut off, I had to buy books. I spent more than 1,000 yuan since then, that's not a small amount."

Searching for information, chatting with friends, and playing online games. Netizens like Qinfen are grateful for the restoration of Internet access.

Qinfen said, "I like playing online games. It is an important part of my life. When there was no access to the Internet, I didn't know what to do in my leisure time."

Internet users are no more happy than the owners of Internet cafes. The 10-month-long break in services ruined their business. Although the government refunded some of their taxes and fees, their loss is considerable.

Sun Yuhong, Internet Cafe Owner, said, "Since the Internet access was blocked, the number of customers declined dramatically. My store has lost approximately 150,000 yuan in the past 10 months."

Internet services were blocked after the riot last July to prevent further social instability. In December, the government partially eased restrictions, but access was restored to only one local official website. One popular site, sohu.com, was unblocked in March.

Source: CNTV.cn

(Editor:梁军)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter shows what is believed to be human jawbone found inside a mass grave near Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, Spet. 27, 2011. The NTC on Sunday said they had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 1,270 people killed by Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in southern Tripoli. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
  • Rescue workers and local residents search for survivors after a building collapsed in old Delhi, India, Sept. 27, 2011. At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured when an old three-storey building collapsed. More than a dozen people are still feared trapped under the debris, police said. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
  • A visitor has flying experience in the windmill castle of Jinshitan National Holiday resort in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 27, 2011. The castle is a 23-meter-high building with 21 meters in diameter. The castle uses wind tunnel to make objects floating in the air. It is the first indoor stadium in China, which enables people to have flying experience. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)
  • An Indian artist colours clay idols of Goddess Durga for the upcoming Durga Puja festival in Calcutta, capital of eastern Indian state West Bengal on Sept. 27, 2011. The festival celebrates the homecoming of Mother Goddess Durga and the victory of good over evil, dramatized by the goddess' demolition of the evil buffalo demon, Mahishasura. (Xinhua/Tumpa Mondal)
  • A model presents a creation of new upcoming designer Sergei Grinko at the Milan Fashion Week Women's Wear Spring/Summer 2012 in Milan, northern Italy, Sept. 27, 2011. The Milan fashion week closed on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Wang Qingqin)
  • Yu Guangyao (2nd R), president of Shanghai Shentong Metro Co., Ltd, bows his apology at a press conference on the subway trains collision accident happened Tuesday afternoon, in east China's Shanghai Municipality, Sept. 27, 2011. By 8:30 p.m. (1230 GMT) Tuesday, a total of 271 injured people in the accident have received medical treatment in hospitals, among them 180 have been dispatched. Other 61 injured people are still in hospital, in which 30 are under emergency observations. No critical injuries have been reported. (Xinhua/Chen Fei)
Hot Forum Discussion