How can you tell how tech savvy a market is? Well, first, by checking out how many people are clicking away on their laptops or PDAs at the airport. Secondly, by seeing how the Internet connections work at the hotels. Surprise! China is ahead of most other Asian markets and far ahead of the West. Nearly all the hotels I've stayed in Beijing and Shanghai have Wi-Fi connections with no troubles. But in Manila and even electronics central Taipei, no Wi-Fi. It's still broadband cable. Same goes for Manila.
By the way, I hate those charges the hotels tack on for Internet. It should be as free as the tap water we drink, though not necessarily in these places.
I am off to Hong Kong on Monday, a place where the infrastructure is first rate.