While China may be a global superpower capable of teleportation and growing mangos in space, its internet still really sucks.
In a recent global survey of broadband speeds in 189 different places around the globe by Cable.co.uk, China ranked 134th, right between Iran and Mauritania, with an average download speed of 1.55 megabytes per second.
Meanwhile, just across the strait, Taiwan came in 3rd in the survey, only behind Sweden and Singapore, with an average download speed of 34.4 megabytes per second. Just a bit further down, Hong Kong ranked 9th.
According to the survey, it takes only 25 seconds to download a 7.5GB HD movie in Taiwan, while in mainland China that same task will take you nearly 11 minutes. Both those numbers seem insanely fast to us.
Of course, it could take much longer than that if you’re trying to download the movie through a VPN. While China’s internet speed may be awful, it’s still better than its internet freedom, which ranked dead last in the world once again in a Freedom House survey last year.
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