Xinjiang netizens grateful for restoration of Internet access

14:31, May 27, 2010      

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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,, was unblocked in March.



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