The first part of this article explains what a VPN is and how it can be used to access Facebook, Whatsapp, YouTube and other websites that are currently blocked in China.
The second part is a comparative review of ExpressVPN, VyprVPN, NordVPN and VPN Area, in our opinion one of the best three VPN providers for China. We compare the prices, functionality and performance of the three VPNs. On top of that, you will find multiple sections to help you evaluate and optimize your VPN, short reviews of some of the most popular VPNs and in general which types of websites are blocked in China.
The last section is a list of frequently asked questions on VPN use in China and blocked websites.
Important: Due to the increased restrictions to VPNs which came into effect in October 2017, you should always keep your VPN updated in order to make sure it works at its best.
What is a VPN and why do I need one in China?
As you probably already know, the internet doesn’t work like we would like it to in China and a large number of websites are blocked by the “Great Firewall.” Among the websites that you can’t access there are Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, Twitter and Google+.
There are many other blocked websites, and depending on what you do, it may be virtually impossible for you to work in China without a VPN (Virtual Private Network). The most striking case is probably that of Google.com, which often returns an error message when used from within the Middle Kingdom.
But there is still hope…
In order to solve this problem, you can install a VPN, which masks your I.P. address so that your laptop appears to be connected from the U.S. or Japan even if you are in China.