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VPN in China

Jun 27, 2017 · 3 min read

VPN in China

We are extremely excited to share great news with our users: NordVPN has implemented a new advanced VPN solution for Windows, so that users in China and other heavily restricted locations can experience the Internet with no blocking, censorship and cyber threats.

China is an extremely tough market for a VPN service to enter and we were working very hard to make it happen. In China, the Internet is controlled domestically. Strong technological and legal barriers, the so-called the Great Firewall, regulates the inbound and outbound Internet traffic between China and the rest of the world. As a result, users are not able to access many websites, social networks, also selected keywords are filtered from search engines.

Using a VPN in China is necessary in order to access the blocked content and protect Internet traffic from snoopers and government surveillance. When connected to a VPN server in a desired country, the IP address is replaced and domestic content restrictions no longer apply. What is more, user private data is encrypted with the most advanced security protocols. And we are more than happy that from this day on, NordVPN can help to reclaim the Internet freedom for users in China!

What sites are blocked in China

It’s not only selected websites that are blocked or censored. Entire online services, without which users all around the globe can’t imagine their lives, are blocked in China. For example, Google products, such as Google Search, Google Mail, Google Docs and Google Maps, are out of reach for Internet users in China. Moreover, popular social networks, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, counting billions of users, cannot be accessed from China. Adding the global news sources – such as The New York Times and Bloomberg – to the list makes the situation even worse.

How to use VPN in China

If you’re not familiar with NordVPN yet, no worries – our VPN service is extremely easy to start using. In order to browse the Internet securely in China, follow these steps:

  1. Choose NordVPN subscription plan that suits your needs best and create your account.
  2. Download and install NordVPN app for Windows.

Now there are two ways to use NordVPN for Windows in China. In most cases, you should be able to run the app and connect to a server in the regular way. However, China’s Internet restrictions vary per different cities and provinces, so sometimes an additional method has to be used. If you are unable to connect in the usual way, here’s what you will need to do:

  1. Go to the Settings menu.
  2. Select Advanced Settings.
  3. Enable Obfuscated servers.

This will unlock an alternative server list created specifically for using VPN under heavy restrictions. A tutorial can also be found in our Help Center. In case you’re having issues when trying to connect to a VPN server in China, don’t hesitate to contact our support team.

Your feedback is welcome

We at NordVPN strive to provide you with the best VPN experience in China. If your computer runs on Windows and you are in China at the moment, we would highly appreciate you testing our service out and providing us with feedback. Or, if you have friends in China, please share this invitation with them! Everyone deserves to have unrestricted and secure access to the Internet, and this can only be achieved through a reliable VPN service. So your feedback is highly welcome!

Access the sites you love while traveling in China!

Ruby Gonzalez
Ruby Gonzalez successVerified author

Ruby is a cybersecurity expert and the Head of Communications at NordVPN. In her compelling stories, she sheds light upon the latest happenings in the online privacy and security world.

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