It is getting harder and harder to bypass the so-called Great Firewall of China; luckily there are still several solutions you could use to access the popular social media services and other sites from the world’s most populous country.
What you need is a good VPN that will cloak all the traffic to and from your computer, phone or tablet to “get the job done.” We’re pleased to report that such services still exist despite the Chinese government’s efforts to block them out.
We have compiled the list of best 5 VPNs that will help you access sites such as Facebook and YouTube from China. We’ve also looked into other features, cause chances are — you will be using VPN for other things, as well.
So without further ado, here are the best 5 VPNs for China:
- Feature-rich yet easy to use
- Arguably the best VPN around
- Strong no-logging policy
- Reliable support you can reach 24/7
- Limited number of servers in Africa and the Middle East
ExpressVPN has great desktop apps for Windows and Mac, mobile apps and browser extensions. Also, it is well suited for video streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and others.
However, what makes it stand out is its ease of use. We can't emphasize this enough. One could tell a lot of time has been spent making sure even the advanced features are easily accessible. And we love it for that. Plus, let's not forget ExpressVPN's speed which tends to leave other services in the dust.
- Good for both torrenting and streaming
- Works in China
- Solid network with servers in 60+ countries
- Easy to use apps on multiple platforms
- Live chat isn't always available
- Fairly pricey
In addition, Astrill can also be used for video streaming from services like Netflix and Hulu, as well as for downloading files with BitTorrent.
The company offers a free trial option but for some reason it is not available for users in China — they have to pay from day 1 in order to benefit from Astrill's features. Something's gotta give...
Astrill's apps are easy to use and available on all popular platforms. Nevertheless, they still manage to provide a host of advanced features tech savvy folks are used to get.
- 5,000+ servers in the network
- Easy to use - install it and forget it
- One license is good for up to 6 devices
- Strict zero-logs policy
- Chrome extension is just a proxy
- You can't pay with PayPal
Its network includes more than 5,000 servers spread across 60 countries, which directly translates into faster speeds. NordVPN is also very secure, relying on the strong 256-bit encryption combined with secure VPN protocols (OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPSec). But as a user, you get a seamless experience with all this technology "doing its thing" in the background.
NordVPN is well suited to pretty much every task you throw at it — whether it's accessing a banned site from some country that filters out the internet, torrenting, accessing streaming services, or just wanting to keep a low profile on the web. It also doesn't keep any logs.
We highly recommend NordVPN to anyone looking for a reliable service.
- Fast download and upload speeds
- Works with Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, etc.
- Great for torrenting
- Advanced privacy features (i.e. Tor over VPN)
- Relatively small number of servers
- There are no browser extensions
- Live chat support is not always available
Specifically, you can rely on PrivateVPN for both torrenting and streaming, without paying a premium. It is, in fact, one of the most affordable options in its league and we love it for that.
Customer support may not be on par with bigger players but it's not like you should experience much problems anyway. You will get the same level of security and privacy as with other services, and a single license will let you run PrivateVPN on up to 6 devices. Pretty cool.
- Works in China
- Many servers in Asia
- Strict zero-logs policy
- Advanced services like VyprVPN Cloud
- It's a bit pricey
- No browser extensions
VyprVPN runs a large network of servers that are spread all across the world. What's particularly impressive is the number of IP addresses the company owns — it has more than 200,000 global IPs, which is by far the largest number we've seen to date.
Add other features to the mix and you get a well rounded offering for everyone living/working in China who also happen to look for a way to access all the popular sites and content that is otherwise unavailable in the world's most populous country.