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What is the best VPN for China?

Aug 25, 2019 · 3 min read

What is the best VPN for China?

China’s Great Firewall restricts users from accessing the free and open internet. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be used to browse freely, but few actually work in China, making the best VPN for China hard to find. If you need a VPN in China, then NordVPN is a great choice.

Why you need a VPN in China

In China, the Internet is controlled by the government. The Great Firewall – a wall of legal and technological censorship tools – regulates inbound and outbound Internet traffic between China and the rest of the world. Users are blocked from many popular websites and social networks, and some keywords are filtered from search engines.

You’ll need a VPN for China for unfettered internet access. It will help you access blocked content, communicate with loved ones in other countries, and protect your Internet traffic from snoopers and government surveillance.

What sites are blocked in China?

The government blocks individual websites and entire online services – nothing is safe. You may lose access to your favorite tools, your communications with friends and loved ones, and even certain global news sources. A VPN for China is your best bet to avoid these blockages.

Here are just a few of the thousands of websites and services blocked by China:

  • Facebook is BLOCKED
  • Twitter is BLOCKED
  • Instagram is BLOCKED
  • Google (and most of its products) is BLOCKED
  • BBC is BLOCKED
  • The New York Times is BLOCKED
  • Wikipedia is BLOCKED
  • Blogger is BLOCKED
  • WordPress is BLOCKED
  • Whatsapp is BLOCKED
  • Signal is BLOCKED

How to check if a website is blocked in China

Comparitech offers a great tool for checking whether any given site is blocked in China. Click here to check.

Is it illegal to use a VPN in China?

The short answer is “sort of.” It can depend on who you are, what you’re using it for, and even who in the government is asking!

The Chinese government has banned the use of VPNs not approved by the government (VPNs must provide the government with backdoor access to be approved, which renders them unsecure). However, this law applies to companies and corporations rather than individuals. Chinese citizens found creating or selling unapproved VPNs have received fines and prison sentences anywhere from three days to more than five years, but these are applied inconsistently.

What about visitors who bring VPNs for China? Right now, it looks like you can use a VPN in China. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t run into any trouble if you have one. During random phone searches, police may ask visitors to delete VPN apps on their phones. Some people entering the northwestern Xinjiang region have reported that authorities have installed surveillance apps on their phones.

TL;DR: Individuals can use VPNs for China, but they should exercise a basic level of caution.

How to use a VPN in China

Not all VPN services can get through the Great Firewall. However, NordVPN works in China.

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

  1. Choose the NordVPN subscription that best suits your needs and create your account;
  2. Download and install the NordVPN app for your device;
  3. Connect to NordVPN.

    It’s possible to simply run the app and connect to a VPN server. However, the strength of China’s Internet restrictions may vary regionally and from year to year, so you may want to turn on one of our advanced security features. The Obfuscated Servers feature will drastically improve your chance of connecting to a VPN server from China

    This tutorial will let you select VPN servers created specifically for heavily restricted countries. If you ever have issues when trying to connect to a VPN server in China, contact our support team so they can help you access the free internet.

NOTE: NordVPN also provides up to 6 simultaneous connections, meaning that you can easily secure multiple devices while in China. Connect your phone and laptop or protect your whole family.

The internet was meant to be free

We at NordVPN believe that private internet access, free of any surveillance or censorship, is important. If you’re traveling to China or know someone who lives there or is visiting, spread the news about NordVPN. Everyone deserves to have unrestricted and secure access to the Internet, and this can only be achieved through a reliable VPN service.

Access the sites you love while traveling in China!


Daniel Markuson
Daniel Markuson successVerified author

Daniel is a digital privacy enthusiast and an internet security expert. As the blog editor at NordVPN, Daniel is generous with spreading news, stories, and tips through the power of a well-written word.


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