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A Crash course on 'Wall tunneling'

This is a crash course for those who wishes to climb over the GFW of China.

Of course you wouldn’t be able to read this blog since it’s been blocked…… but anyway, here is a quick cheat sheet in case you have subscribed to my blog using google reader :p

First you will need Firefox browser with addon ‘Autoproxy‘. This add-on sometimes is baned from being downloaded in China, so you might want to try the chinese version of add-on directory.

After installation of add-on, you will be prompted to select the default connection method, set it to ‘Tor‘. You will also notice that you have subscribe to a list of website on autoproxy settings; these are the websites blocked by GFW. Now if you want to visit my site freely, either set Autoproxy to Global Mode or add a new rule for You can also update your subscription manually from time to time when you find it difficult to get pass a certain website.

Next close firefox and install download from this website:

Note that if you are typing the address in browser yourself make sure you use ‘https‘ such that your visit is encrypted. The non-encrypted http connection is blocked by GFW.

Exclude ‘Torbutton’ from the list of components. (you can also install it, but I have not tried using it, it’s another firefox add-on of similar function). I personally find autoproxy more ‘intellegent’.

Next we need to configure Tor with nice graphic interface provided by Vidalia. Open this webpage or send an email to br[email protected] using a trusted email provider (such as Gmail). Refrain from using QQmail and other mail service providers from mainland China especially because your mails can be monitored.

You will receive a list of bridges which look like below:


If the progress bar on Vidalia freezes for a long time without completion, we need more detailed configuration of the software.

Open up Vidalia and go into Settings, go to Network option and select ‘My ISP blocks connection to Tor network‘. Add the bridges you obtained to the list shown below, do not include the text ‘bridge’; your added bridge would look like:

Put all three down in the list, the order is not important. Now restart Vidalia but selecting ‘Exit‘ then start the program again.

You will see that Tor has successfully connected to a Tor network after a few seconds. You are good to go!

Please also remember to deselect option’My ISP blocks connection to Tor network‘ if you have problem connecting to Tor network a second time.

Note that Autoproxy is just a software which selects which site you visit that Tor is required. If you want full anonymity of browsing, set Autoproxy to Global Mode.

Enjoy browsing the internet outside the wall!


想起来一首以前喜欢的老歌Bruce Springsteen的Streets of Philadelphia






突然想起前阵子饭否网的三格半漫画的活动,原来我也有过这么囧的原创来着,跟大家分享一下 🙂





A short quote from 1984

That, he reflecte, might almost have been a transcription from one of the Party textbooks. The party claimed, of course, to have liberated the proles from bondage. Before the revolution they had been starved and flogged, women had been forced to work in the coal mines (women still did work in the coal mines, as a matter of fact), children had been sold into the factories at the age of six. But simultaneously, true to the Principles of doublethink, the party taught that the proles were natural inferiors who must be kept in subjection, like animals, by the application of a few simple rules. In reality very little was known about the proles. It was not necessary to know much. So long as they continue to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern. They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve, they passed through a brief blossoming-period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died, for the most part, at sixty. Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbours, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult. A few agents of the Thought Police moved always among them, spreading false rumours and marking down and eliminating the few individuals who were judged capable of becoming dangerous; but no attempt was made to indoctrinate them with the ideology of the party. It was not desirable that the proles should have strong political feelings. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working-hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice. The great majority of proles did not even have telescreens in their homes. Even the civil police interfered with them very little. There was a vast amount of criminality in London, a whole world-within-a-world of thieves, bandits, prostitutes, drug-peddlers, and racketeers of every description; but since it all happened among the proles themselves, it was of no importance. In all questions of morals they were allowed to follow their ancestral code. The sexual puritanism of the Party was not imposed upon them. Promiscuity went unpunished, divorce was permitted. For that matter even religious worship would have been permitted if the proles had shown any sign of needing or wanting it. They were beneath suspicion. As the Party slogan put it: “Proles and animals are free.”


Doesn’t that feel very familiar?