I'm Spencer, a Chinese gril, living in Shanghai, and eager to know some foreigners. As for your question, YES. The website is not blocked but the bbs loads too slow probably because the server is in U.S..
I'm so happy to see your effort to build the channel for culture exchange. I saw you register Douban in 2010, when you first came to Shanghai, which means you've trying to do this career at least 5 years. Thank you so much.
I believe you've already had some Chinese people working with you. I want to volunteer, helping with teaching Chinese.
Please feel free to contact me if you need any help.
Cell & Wechat: 18801916116
Facebook: Spencer Dong