I'm finally online again, and thought I'd just let you all know what broadband is like in China. I'm down in Shenzhen, in the south, near Hong Kong. Currently the fastest connection they have down here is 3MB, with options for 2MB and 1MB as well. I had my reservations about what their connectivity would be like, but those disappeared as soon as they installed the line.
We applied for our lines last Friday. The very next morning the guy called us wanting to install. Because we didn't have PC's yet, we had to delay. The installation was done on Sunday, Christmas day, and took about 10 mins. Our lines were initially set to 2MB, and I was able to pull a full 220k a second from EasyNews. The line has now been upgraded to 3MB, and I'm now able to pull around 310k a sec from EasyNews. There's no cap, I've downloaded in excess of 50 gigs in the last few days, and the price: R165 a month. They informed us that 5MB will be available shortly as well.
I'm now able to download with NewsLeecher @300k a sec and stream from my favourite trance radio station while downloading.
And before the posts about "The Great Firewall of China" start, it's a non-issue. I was past it within an hour of being connected
Edit: I forgot to mention that the modem and installation are free, and there's no contract.