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I am considering hosting a mirror of my site in mainland China (to be inside the "Great Firewall" and thus faster for Chinese users).
Though my site is pro-bono and non-political, I'm not entirely sure what would happen if someone random (in government say) took exception to my content on a "bad hair day". Do they just force my SG-based hosting company to pull the plug? Do black helicopters turn up at my home in London (and will I have to learn Mandarin to ask for my lawyer)? B^>
Also, given that I don't understand AT ALL internal connectivity within China, if most of my current users seem to be from Beijing according to Google Analytics, is is it sure that I should host at a Beijing site, or what other factors/measurements should I make?
Connectivity from the UK to my Beijing server is so far excellent by HTTP and SSH: at least as good as to Perth or Sydney in Australia (I briefly still have hosts in both places).
Redstorm very kindly checked access to my site and said it seemed to be OK.
And just to keep things moving in the right direction I added some pictures of the Great Wall near Beijing to the site tonight.
(Also, bizarrely, my father happens to be in Beijing on some kind of speaking engagement or similar today. B^>)
The excitement continues... (Actually, it really is exciting!)
I have just commissioned my first "official" (as opposed to persuading friends to do it in bits for free) translation of the front/main page of the site to zh_CN. Not a lot of text but not too expensive either, and surely will improve first impressions for a Chinese user landing on the site...
We'll see what the result is on my pages-per-visit and sticky-ness metrics...