A short post to help people who are having problems to log into Hotmail in China. As many tourists have probably noted, the domain hotmail.com is not accessible in China anymore (at least in Shanghai, I have not tested it in other cities). It seems the DNS is blocked, but that does not mean that you cannot check your mail of course.
If you know a bit about the internet, solutions for this will be old news for you, but I think many people just give up if the site does not load. There are several ways around this problem, but the easiest solution is to go to http://login.live.com and enter there your MSN (=hotmail) username and password. Then click on the Hotmail button on the top of the page, and you will end up in your mailbox. Happy mailing!