What is the best VPN for China, can it beat the Great Firewall?

By | December 8, 2016

Welcome to my review which will hopefully help you find the answer to this very common question: What is the best VPN for China?

I have previously reviewed several VPN providers on my site and after doing some research I realized my #1 recommendation for VPN is actually the #1 recommended one for using in China too.fastest_vpn_china

China is a wonderful country, from Zhangye’s Rainbow Mountains to The Great Wall. Unfortunately, there is another wall we need to worry about called The Great Firewall (GFW) 防火长城

The Chinese government places great censorship on its netizens and you will find a lot of popular sites are blocked like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and even Google. Email can also be restricted depending on where you are.

Imagine you are snapping away on holiday or a resident there and cannot access the internet to upload or send your photos. Communication would be pretty much lost with all your family and friends.

You may be a resident in China and cannot access UK TV streams or you may just want to free up internet content. I hope this review helps you to decide on choosing a VPN for China.

 

I am going to recommend PureVPN and here’s a few reasons why


One of the things you realize when you have a business online, is the importance of good research. Especially important is first-hand knowledge or experience of a particular product.

A lot of reviews are based on second-hand knowledge which is fine if it can be backed up with proof and presented as unbiased and honest in the product review content.

These snapshots below were taken from a Shanghai forum on a well-known and respected Trip Advisory website.

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I have blocked out the names of the posters to protect their privacy. I apologize for blocking out the review URL on the last image but I cannot vouch for a review written by another competitor. I have left  the first image link by PureVPN since they are not reviewing the product as a third party.

Note: These posts are from the end of 2015 and were the last forum posts available that I could find for using this VPN provider in China. However, there are other articles on sites written in 2016 which back up these posts with real test data.


Update Dec 8th 2016: I have been communicating with a lot of Facebook Groups with members in China and wanted to share the results. PureVPN is definitely one of the best for working in China.

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I have blocked out the name to protect their privacy but as you can see it is working and with good speed. There are some connection issues but if/when this happens you can select another server.

All of the VPN companies will experience this at some point when trying to use in China.


PureVPN are a massive Hong Kong based company and have over ONE MILLION customers throughout the World. They offer advanced data encryption up to 256-bit and have thousands of IP addresses available for you.

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What’s in it for YOU?


They offer the most reliable and cheap service with full internet freedom. They have over 80,000 IPs and have 500+ servers in 141 countries.

PureVPN Prices

If you purchase PureVPN for 2 years you can save 73%. The monthly subscription works out at only $2.95 after discount.

Please note: The prices quoted are correct at time of writing and do get updated frequently but PureVPN are continually changing promotions so it’s best to check the correct price before making any decision.

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They offer a free trial and have a 7-day money back guarantee. They have unlimited bandwidth and server switching and support PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN protocols.

You can read my complete review on PureVPN by clicking here which includes an option to subscribe at discounted prices if you sign up for the year.

 

ExpressVPN for China, how do they compare?


ExpressVPN claim to be the best for China. I wrote a review on them with this claim in mind. They are having some issues with connectivity, you will see that in my review.

The thing is, a lot of these companies may have connection issues at some time. The most important thing to look for in a VPN company for China is the number of servers.

If you cannot connect to one server, try another one. That’s why PureVPN can compete with the best, they have so many servers.

 

So what is the Best VPN for China in 2017?


Well, the proof will be in the pudding, as they say. Clearly PureVPN have a head start. Astrill VPN was previously one of the big favorites but they have fallen by the wayside.

I like to check Reddit for updates. You can find a lot of good information especially if there are problems. It’s obvious that Astrill VPN are not investing in their servers right now.

Another good VPN which could make it’s move in 2017 for China, is VyprVPN by Golden Frog. They are incorporated in Switzerland but have a Head Quarters in Austin, TX.

I recently wrote a review on VyprVPN and was pleasantly surprised to see how fast and secure they are. They are using Chameleon technology which is an extra layer of protection, over and above 256-bit data encryption.

==> Click here to read my VyprVPN Review <==

 

The Great Firewall, a little bit of an insight


The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) control the Chinese government. The government are responsible for creating projects aimed at restricting internet access in mainland China.

Since the year 2000, all domains operating in China must obtain an ICP (internet content provider) license. It is up to the ISP (internet service provider) to block a website if they don’t have an ICP permit.

From 2003 to 2006 China started a censorship program aimed at U.S. companies initially. This Golden Shield project targeted hardware some of which was supplied by Cisco Systems.

In 2008, the government started another crackdown called Operation Tomorrow. This targeted the younger population who frequented internet cafes and played games online.

If you are under 18 years of age it is illegal to enter an internet cafe in China and some of the cafes were forced underground in order to maintain business.

 

Where are we today with The Great Firewall?


Censorship is ongoing and still in effect. Google is now blocked since they failed to comply with the ongoing censorship and even certain keywords are blocked in other search engines. Yahoo are operating in China with a restricted service.

The government continue to monitor online activities so it just highlights the importance of using a good VPN service like PureVPN.

 

Conclusion


Clearly if it’s your intention to visit China or you currently reside there, a VPN would be a worthwhile investment. PureVPN represent good value for money and I have no hesitation in promoting them as my #1 recommendation for VPN in China.

Please bear in mind, the free VPN providers are unlikely to work in China due to lack of servers and IP addresses.

 

What’s YOUR thoughts?


I’d love to hear what you think about this review or your own experiences of trying to use the internet in China. Please leave your thoughts below.

Thanks for your time.

  • Craig, UK TV Servicers Abroad
Craig
Proprietor at UK TV Services Abroad
Hi I'm Craig! I am a UK expat who has lived overseas since 1997. I have lived in Malaysia since 2011. I started this website in 2016 to primarily help fellow expats who are trying to watch UK TV abroad. Drop me a line if you have any questions - Craig@UKTVServicesAbroad.com

71 thoughts on “What is the best VPN for China, can it beat the Great Firewall?

  1. Will

    This is a good post because I am going to travel to China soon. So glad that there is VPN so that I can keep in touch with my family and friends back home. Thanks!

    Reply
  2. Deedee Anderson

    First, a big WOW on the censorship rules! I had no idea and truly can’t imagine living under that, so I’m feeling doubly blessed tonight. Given those restrictions, can you help me understand what makes VPN different from a regular Internet connection? I’m pretty new to this, but we have some travel coming up in the next year and I want to be prepared. Thanks for your recommendations and insights!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Deedee, the VPN assigns a temporary browsing IP address so you can appear to be in a certain location. It also protects your privacy. It’s pretty useful if you want to avoid geo-blocked services.

      Reply
  3. erin

    I couldn’t imagine living without access to social media. Especially for a traveler like myself it is the only way I can keep in contact with friends and family back home. We definitely take it for granted.
    It is good to know that there is an option of a VPN now. I would 100% get it if I was going to China.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Thanks Erin. Another good thing is the ability to sign up for one month, especially for holiday travel.

      Reply
  4. Chris

    Wow, very informative post, thanks Craig. I never even realized this is an issue. It really is a shame that people are being given these restrictions. Is this a problem in other countries as well?

    Anyway, thanks for bringing this to my attention, this has really open my eyes to this issue, and now I can prepare if I ever travel there.

    Chris

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Chris, yes there is censorship in other countries, especially North Korea (I think you may already be aware of that one). Surprisingly there is censorship in my adopted country Malaysia, who would’ve thought eh? For example, gambling sites are forbidden which is a bit hypocritical since there are casinos in Genting Highlands just outside of Kuala Lumpur. Thankfully we have VPNs 🙂

      Reply
  5. Ruben

    Hello Craig

    Very informative article, Like many of the people commenting I wasn’t aware about all the restrictions people in China has to deal with, It must be really hard to live like that.
    This VPN luckily will give at least to the traveler a way to communicate back home, and keep in touch with relatives and friends, good find and very positive solutions for people going to China.

    Ruben

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  6. Marcelo

    I’m anot in China, but I also use PureVPN. It’s a really good firewall and I recommend it.
    What I didn’t know is all these restrictions were in place in China. It’s bigger than I first thought, so no wonder people need to use VPNs all the time over there.

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  7. Reelika

    Hey! That is crazy to think that China is blocking those websites and has such restrictions, still. I never even thought about this before because I am not planning to visit China anytime soon but I am really grateful for this information. This article is really impressive and very helpful to those who are planning a trip over there!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Farhan

    I never knew that China had such strict censorship laws for the internet. It must be frustrating for foreigners to be detached from what’s going on in the rest of the world, while they’re there.

    Thanks for reviewing this VPN service, I’ll definitely forward this information to any of my friends who are going to China. Is it possible to just pay for this service for a few weeks or just days?

    Thanks and great article!

    Reply
    1. admin

      Hi Farhan,

      You can subscribe for 1 month. There are other VPN providers that have daily subscriptions but they won’t be as reliable.

      Reply
  9. nerissa

    Wow! This is so cool! I have many Chinese friends and we mainly use wechat and QQ to chat and talk. I’ve been telling them to have facebook instead since I believe it has more features than the ones we’re using. The problem is, it’s not allowed in China, hihi well some of them knows about setting up VPN, but most of them aren’t “techy” like me so yeah we gave up on making facebook as our main app for communication. I guess they are going to love facebook and me for letting them know about this. Thanks a lot for this post!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Thanks for that Nerissa, yes with PureVPN you can now use FB too for communicating with your friends from China.

      Reply
  10. jCamden

    Sorry this is a little off topic but is Google really blocked in China? I’d think Yahoo would be before Google! Especially with the new acquisition.
    Back to PureVPN though, it looks like this is only available for users in China. It’s a very reasonable price though and looks to be fairly reliable from what you’ve said. Can people using this VPN access the sites like YouTube, Google, Facebook, etc that have been blocked by the Great Firewall?

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi there, thanks for dropping by, it means a lot.

      Yes Yahoo isn’t blocked but it has restricted access. PureVPN can be used outside of China too, in fact they have servers in over 100 countries. All sites can be accessed, Facebook, etc.

      Hope this helps and thanks for asking.

      Reply
  11. Dee

    I knew there were censorship issues, but I didn’t know they ran this deep. I can’t imagine having internet but not having Google.

    A friend of mine recently moved there and he asked me to search for some things on his behalf because he couldn’t access the net with his keywords.

    Now that I know there is a VPN that works, I’ll be recommending it to him. The VPN also seems to be fairly cheap. I’m just wondering what happens if you get caught…

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Dee,

      It’s a good question but I don’t think your friend has anything to worry about unless the VPN is abused. Facebook and normal usage should be fine.

      Reply
  12. Celeste

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’m planning a trip to China next year so this will come in handy. Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to communicate properly. It’s not a bad price either. Currently I use Ivacy. I haven’t had any problems so far. Have you done a review on them? Great niche blog by the way.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Celeste,

      Thanks for getting in touch, I appreciate it a lot. Coincidentally, I am halfway through Ivacy VPN review. It should be available in the next few days hopefully 🙂

      – Craig

      Reply
  13. Jason

    How does this VPN compare to Vypr VPN and Astrill VPN?

    I lived in Beijing for a year and know the pain of having to deal with the Great Firewall of China. I would also recommend anyone going to China to definitely check out some VPN options.

    China is also cracking down on some VPN services, when I was there Astrill VPN did not work as well as it did before. Hopefully this doesn’t happen to this one!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Jason,

      I haven’t done a comparison with VyprVPN or Astrill but I know that Astrill were having problems. One of the benefits of VyprVPN is being able to set the language to Mandarin but this doesn’t help or affect the performance in any way. It’s definitely signing up for a month and testing it before committing to a long term plan. PureVPN offer a 7-day money back guarantee too so if it was to run into problems, you could invoke this.

      Reply
  14. Joe

    This is great. My wife goes to China a couple times a year. When she goes, she can’t access Facebook or any of her Google services, including her Gmail!
    I have “privateinternetaccess vpn”, another paid VPN service that I use at home. It hadn’t even occurred to us to see if she can use it in China. We’ll try next trip and let you know if it works.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for dropping by. Private Internet Access VPN have servers in 24 countries. PureVPN are in 141 countries. That’s a big difference and could be why they are rated so highly. I have many contacts who use PureVPN in China and it works well. Anyway, good luck, I hope you get decent connectivity.

      Cheers,

      Craig

      Reply
  15. Leo

    Hi Craig. I never realised that the Chinese goverment had such strict censorship rules. It just goes to show once again that what you see and hear over media is not always true. China looks like a beautiful country and I would really like to visit sometime. Have you been to China and what other issues would I have to look out for other than the Great Firewall?

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Leo,

      Thanks for asking. I’ve only been to Qingdao in Shandong province and that was just a business trip so I didn’t have time to take in the sights. I do remember having problems with emails though. It was very restricted for some reason. I am not sure if this was due to connectivity issues or ISP restrictions.

      – Craig

      Reply
  16. Derek Marshall

    Hi there,

    Virtual Private Network (or VPN for short) is the way to go in Thailand also as certain newspapers and media outlets are banned there..oddly .. they are the outlets that criticised the current military coup and with the single internet gateway looming in Thailand VPN all way!

    Also for content that is unlicenced, such as premiership football with English commentary I can get live thanks to VPN’s!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Derek,

      Thanks for your input. I am in Malaysia and we also suffer censorship here. Mainly gambling sites and the like but with a really good quality VPN like PureVPN or Ivacy VPN I can get around these restrictions.

      Once again, thanks for dropping by.

      – Craig

      Reply
  17. Hi

    Hi Craig,
    If you live in the USA you don’t think of such restrictions that countries like China imposes on their people. This post is very constructive and informative to anyone not aware of such restrictions and are planning to travel to China. Thanks to your post I am now aware of such options as PureVPN.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi, thanks for the feedback. Yes, we tend to take things like internet access for granted don’t we? It’s easy to forget that other countries like China have to struggle on and try and get around these imposed restrictions. It’s not something I agree with and I think it’s very backward to see something like this still exists in 2017. However, with PureVPN at least it gives the citizens a way around it.

      Reply
  18. Denis

    Hi Craig,

    Il must be frustrating to be censored to the bones like that. I feel so fortunate to live in a free country! So, as you explain so well in your post, a good VPN is the only way to keep in touch with friends and family when visiting China. Your review is well organized and has all a visiting person needs. Thanks for the heads up!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Indeed Denis,

      We take it for granted sometimes. In Malaysia we have some censorship too, but nothing like China. I can get around it with PureVPN and it really makes a difference. I like the odd flutter on the football sometimes and without PureVPN I wouldn’t be able to access my betting account, which is blocked here.

      Thanks for the feedback.

      Craig

      Reply
  19. pmbaluka2016

    Good review on the best VPN for China and according to your review I’ve learned the worth of having this VPN connection. I like your in-depth research on this article and it makes it a very interesting one to read.

    I like the fact that this can work worldwide and I’m thinking about my case now that I’m in Kenya and not in China. Is it applicable in relation to my case or what is your best option for people like me?

    With appreciations

    Paul.

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for dropping by. Kenya is considered “partly free” from internet censorship. The government doesn’t apply any filtering, even for political discussions online. Where a VPN may be useful for you would be protecting your private and personal information whilst online. You could also use it to access geo-blocked content in other countries. Actually, a VPN has many good uses and can even increase your internet speed if your ISP or Network Supplier practices bandwidth throttling.

      Best, Craig.

      Reply
  20. jeffrey16201

    Thank You Sir,
    You have shared a very interesting article for the best vpn for China, is this product available in the USA as well?

    Television service has become very expensive here in the states, everyone is paying high prices for service and complain there is nothing interesting on.

    What channels do you receive with this vpn, I hope it brings in more than what is on our channels here in the USA

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Jeffrey,

      This VPN can be used Worldwide. The VPN itself doesn’t give you channels but you can use it to unblock geo-restricted services like Netflix or BBC iPlayer.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Craig

      Reply
  21. Liz

    VPN’s are only something I am just starting to understand as my partner has been researching it and we have one too, even though we are not in China. My partner was mostly just concerned about being tracked and also he wanted to access US sites that we cannot access here in Austraia. It is a strange thing this government censorship. I think that at some time in the future (probably at least 30-40 years away) all these walls will come down. People will just rebel at their freedoms being restricted!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Liz, you could be right but in the meantime the only way to get around this censorship is with a good VPN. PureVPN will allow you to access sites or apps in USA that are geo-restricted. I use it to watch BBC iPlayer in UK and also to get around blocked services here in Malaysia.

      Best, Craig.

      Reply
  22. Anthony

    Wow this is great information. I had no idea how much censorship China placed on their netizens. I can definitely use this VPN in my travels as I am working on a trip to China. I appreciate the research and review. I will look into this product! I am glad I stumbled upon your site today. Have a good one!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Thanks Anthony and good luck in China, I’m sure you will enjoy that.

      Reply
  23. Andy

    Hi, Craig.

    I was fascinated reading your post. I knew censorship was a big issue in China. I imagine it’s the case in areas of the Middle East as well.

    I am not familiar with how a VPN works (excuse my ignorance), but I believe it is a way to mask your IP address? I have heard they were a good way to stay anonymous online.

    My main question is: Can someone get arrested if they are caught using a VPN in China? It sounds like if the government’s goal is censorship, and VPN’s allow a go-around, then VPN’s would be illegal too.

    Great post, Craig. Thanks again.

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Andy,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving some input. There is censorship in quite a lot of countries, including the Middle East. Even in S.E. Asia we have various restrictions in place but it’s nothing like China.

      With respect to how a VPN works, you are 100% correct, your own IP address is masked by the IP address of the server you connect to, thereby appearing to be in the country where that server is located. This then allows you to access content that is allowed in that country.

      Can you get caught using a VPN? It’s unlikely if you use something called a Kill Switch (which PureVPN have). This will drop your ISP connection if there is an accidental drop from the VPN server. This can happen sometimes so this Kill Switch is another form of protection and doesn’t allow your ISP to see which content you were trying to view, whilst connected to the VPN.

      Hope this helps.

      Craig

      Reply
  24. Geek Hibrid

    This is a very informative article. It really sucks that the Chinese are this restricted over there.

    Reply
  25. Andrew G

    Glad I could see those un-biased reviews of the VPN’s covering the benefits of the China based services to make sure that anything can be accessed including the major social networks on your tv would be a good things as well when using this smart technology to assist you in accessing these channels.

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    1. Craig Post author

      Thanks Andrew. Yup, it’s a definite pre-requisite for China and can be used anywhere for a multitude of things so it’s not like you would only use it in China.

      Cheers, Craig.

      Reply
  26. Sondre

    Hi Craig,

    I’ve been living in China now for the past 6 years, and I haven’t really used VPN before now (cos my work required it), so I don’t have a long experience with VPN. I use ExpressVPN now, and it works fine, but as you stated it have some connection issues some times. When my subscription to ExpressVPN is over I will for sure try our PureVPN as you recommended!

    On a side not, google translate is open in China mainland, so maybe this will be a gateway for google to enter the Chinese market.

    Thanks for the great review!

    Cheers,
    Sondre

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      HI Sondre,

      Thanks for your input. ExpressVPN claim to be the best VPN for China but they had some server issues. I think most of the VPN providers will experience this at some point but PureVPN seem to be quite consistent. The Chinese authorities are always looking for ways to block the VPN servers and I believe they have stepped up their game recently in the quest to restrict VPNs. If one VPN is going to work it will be PureVPN though.

      Cheers,

      Craig

      Reply
  27. andrejs

    Hi, Craig and thanks for the really valuable information. Despite the fact that I am in online business about eight years I never used VPN services and actually knew almost nothing about it.
    I use HMA (Hide my ass) about four years ago just to change location IP. I suspected that in China something like that could happen.
    It looks like that Pure VPN can be a solution.
    What about Chinese well known online retailer shops like AliExpress and others? How do they deal with second Great Wall? Thanks.

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  28. Stephen

    Hello Craig, I was just reading about your review on pure VPN and I want to say thanks a lot for offering Citizens in China something that will help them to have access to valuable information using Search Engines such as Google.

    I could see from you reviews on VPN and especially pure VPN that you have a lot of experience when it comes working with and using VPN.

    You mentioned that Pure VPN They have over 80,000 IPs and have 500+ servers in 141 countries.

    So I want to ask if they also operate in Ghana. Because here too there are some website that are restricted by the Government. Thanks very much for that valuable information you have given us about VPN

    Wish you all the best.

    Stephen.

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for taking time to read my article. PureVPN can also be used in Ghana. They also have servers in Ghana so if you were outside of the country you could access the server and unblock any geo-restrictions that may be in place for certain things like TV channels.

      Hope this helps,

      Craig

      Reply
  29. StephenG

    Thanks for this article, it is very informative. I travel to China occasionally for business so I can vouch for the fact that there are many restrictions which make it challenging staying in touch with home base and keeping in touch with family and friends on social media.

    The situation changes often so it is good to know what is currently working best in China. Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Stephen, that’s good to know. I hope you can take advantage of PureVPN and it would be great if you could leave some feedback later if you do decide to try PureVPN in China.

      Best,

      Craig

      Reply
  30. Xin Zhang

    Hello,
    My family are often in need of VPN services when travelling in China. I had not heard of PureVPN before your article. Have you found there service to be good in different parts of the country? In particular the Changsha area?

    I haven’t used VPN services before. Do they have a plan that covers multiple devices or how does that work?

    Any information would be appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    Xin

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Xin,

      The service is only as reliable as the internet connection. PureVPN should work anywhere, as long as you can get a good connection. Unless I am mistaken the firewall is applied across the whole country but I don’t have any personal experience of using it in Changsha. You can give it a try with their free trial.

      Best,

      Craig.

      Reply
  31. Emonne

    To be out of the country and know that there is a possibility of great service, you can definitely count me in. I am an Android user and a MacBook owner so the internet is definitely useful. Next time I travel I’ll be looking for a VPN. I know about the censorship, but I find it interesting how Google is block and you can’t enter a cafe if you are under the age 18, hmm you learn something new everyday. Thanks for the information.

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  32. Kendrick

    Hey Craig,
    Thanks for the heads up! I did not know that was even going on over there. I did plan on traveling. Knowing that I would need something just like this goes without saying. A good VPN service is something we all would need if we ever need to access the internet. Thanks for providing us we the best service.

    Reply
  33. Corey

    Wow, what an amazing site! What a great service you’re providing for the people of China. Keep up the good work! It’s amazing the things we take for granted in the United States. My question is, how are you able to get these products out to the people? And are there repercussions if they get caught using these products?

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Corey, it’s not illegal to use a VPN so there is no issue with this. However, this is China we are talking about. I haven’t heard of anyone being prosecuted or arrested for using one.

      Reply
  34. @OnlineBizBoss

    Thank you for the great info. I had a couple of people that did a study abroad program in China and they had to utilize VPNs to get around the government’s censorship. It was funny to hear about some of the sites that were blocked and reasoning for it. Almost like Paranoia mindset for them. Anyways thanks for the intriguing post!

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  35. Marley Dawkins

    Nice post Craig, being as I am going to China for an extended business trip next month, then learning about the best COM service is invaluable, because I am not will to go a month without access to some of my favourite tv shows.

    Pure VPN sounds like the option I need. But I’m wondering is there any restrictions for minimum time length for this?

    Thanks for the great review!

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Marley, you can take a free trial first, but the minimum time period is one month if you subscribe. Obviously the longer the subscription the cheaper it becomes.

      Craig.

      Reply
  36. George

    I travel to China every 2-3 months, so internet access to Line and Gmail are critical for me to get connect with people. I tried couple free VPN and paid as well.

    My experience is in China, paid VPN is better as you mentioned in the article, but I don’t know the reason until you point it out. I used VPN ONE’s paid service for couple years until last year it doesn’t work well, so I drop renew.

    I never use PureVPN, but from your review, it seems worthy to give it a try. Thank you for your useful info.

    Reply
  37. Eric Cramer

    I know this was written several months ago and was just curious whether or not any thing has changed. Does pure Vpn still offer a reliable service and could you offer any more information about other vpns. I am mostly concerned if things might be changing or not considering the massive amount of attention that N Korea is involved in. What are your thoughts?

    Reply
    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Eric,
      I’m not aware of any problems with PUREVPN but I do know there is another major crackdown by the Chinese authorities right now. The VPN companies are aware of this and are looking at work arounds. Best plan would be to take the free trial first to make sure it’s okay.
      Craig

      Reply
  38. Keith

    Thank you Craig This is a very informative site and will really help when I go East next time. In fact my next visit is likely to be Hong Kong. I assume the same applies. Is that right? In the past I have always used Hola without ever thinking about alternatives. If it didn’t work I simply gave up. You have given me some great options. Thank you. Positively, Keith

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    1. Craig Post author

      HI Keith,

      In Hong Kong you should have no censorship, well certainly not for the normal run-of-the-mill sites.

      Craig

      Reply

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