VPN for China: how to connect to Facebook behind the great wall
The first part of this article explains what a VPN is and how it can be used to access Google, Facebook and Youtube and the other websites that are blocked in China.
The second part is a comparative review between and ExpressVPN, VyprVPN and PureVPN, in my opinion the three best VPN for China suppliers. We compare prices, functionality and performance of the three VPNs. Finally, we discuss what type of web sites in general, they are blocked in China.
What is a VPN and I need one in China?
As you might already know in China there is censorship on the Internet and a large number of pages web that are blocked by the so-called great firewall. Among the blocked web pages most popular are Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google’s services.
There are many other blocked web, so depending on what you do not you will be possible or work without a VPN (Virtual Private Network, Virtual private network). In addition to the blocked pages there are other pages hosted outside China which run bad or very bad.
Yes, you have to do is install a VPN for China, masking your way I.P. address that your computer is connected from the United States or Japan but really you are connecting from China.
Own a VPN you will allow to overcome the blockade and therefore have access to all the pages web that you want without any problem. Whenever your VPN to work well!
It must be said that VPNs were originally developed for other purposes, for example remote access to a private company network, encryption of sensitive data, etc.
But became very popular in China, especially among foreigners, why allow you to avoid blocking of the great firewall.
When should I install the VPN
We recommend to install the VPN before traveling to China, because if you wait until you reach China, the installation of VPN app on your smartphone will be more difficult, since Google Play is blocked also!
What VPN should I choose?
In a nutshell, if you are looking for a simple VPN use, it works very well also in smartphones and tablets and with servers in many countries I recommend ExpressVPN. VyprVPN has features very similar but less servers, though it is more customizable.
The third option is PureVPN, that started it using recently and seems to be quite reliable and cheap solution to ExpressVPN and VyprVPN
While there are free ways to bypass the blockade such as Freegate (which actually is a proxy, not a VPN), they are not at all reliable and extremely slow. The practical result is that, by using a free option, you will not be able to do anything other than take a look at your Facebook or Twitter feeds. Yes, even posting a comment to Facebook will become a mission impossible. Let alone see videos on Youtube.
Recently they have also left some free VPNs that can offer decent performance. My recommendation is that you examines them very well before you install them on your computer, and which in many cases will settle things, like programs that make you jump advertising when you browse, who keep your browsing data to sell to third parties, or in the worst cases that use your computer as a server (both your laptop and internet will operate much more slowly).
Since it only costs $7-8 (or 6-7 euros) a month, the best option is, without a doubt, get a decent VPN service.
Today there are a large number of VPN services on the market. For several years we have tried many of them, such as Witopia (which was really good there in 2010), Astrill (probably the most popular in 2011 / 2012), Webmaster, Hide My Ass and many more.
Regardless of what they say the reviews on the web, many of them no longer work because the great firewall is constantly updated and every day is more difficult baipasearlo. Many of the revisions you can find are completely obsolete or written by people who have never been to China; so it is better for you to check the date of publication and whether the web is specialized in China before purchasing.