According to sources (i.e. the China Daily, my source of news in these internet-scarce times) it should take another 2 to 3 weeks to repair the fibre optics cables off Taiwan. The original plan was to have it all fixed by today but judging from the long wait, up to 30 minutes, it takes to read one email there's still some work to be done. According to the paper "crewmen on boats south of Taiwan are dragging the seabed with grappling hooks at the end of long ropes to recover cables about 4,000 meters down in the sea." You can imagine how long it would take!
To get decent internet access, read: slower than dial-up access but better than nothing, I have to get online sometime between 2:30AM and 7:30AM. Any later and I can make and drink an instant coffee while waiting for any non-China webpage to load, if it loads at all.
The slow internet access has certainly made me much more aware of how dependant I've become on it for almost everything -emailing, weather reports, international news, travel advice, etc. It'll be nice when things are "back to normal".