Why You Need a VPN in China

When I first came to China ten years ago, I had never heard of a VPN program. Back then there was no need for such a program, even in China.

Now, ten years later, things have changed drastically. As China has started blocking the access to foreign sites one after another, a reliable VPN connection has become essential for me. If you want to access your favourite social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter; if you want to blog and use sites such as wordpress.com or blogspot.com; if you simply want to access country specific websites and read the news, e.g. on the New York Times website… then you won’t get around getting a good VPN service.

What is a VPN?

I have been using a VPN service back in my university days without even realising it.

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and basically extends a secure private network across a public network, such as the internet. Many companies and universities use it to give their users secure remote to their networks. You can also use an encrypted VPN to protect your privacy when using public networks like Wi-Fi hotspots.

Why use a VPN in China?

As the great firewall of China is getting more sophisticated, a reliable VPN connection can be very useful. With a VPN you can circumvent the so-called geo-blocking and access sites that are usually blocked in a specific region. The VPN routes your internet traffic through another server located in another country. Let’s say you are in China and want to access Facebook. A VPN will route your internet traffic for example through a server in the US, and such you are able to open any website.

Which VPN is the best?

There have been many articles on the internet listing the best VPN’s for China. So far I have used StrongVPN and Astrill, but both turned out to not suit my needs.

Right now I have been using Vypr VPN for a few months and can say it has worked great for me. I am happy with its performance and especially customer service. With the VyperVPN you can choose from many servers around the world. (Full disclosure: if you buy a service from VyprVPN using the links on my site I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.)


With a reliable VPN you can enjoy surfing the internet without any restrictions and stay in contact with family and friends through social media.

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Anna Z. is a freelance illustrator and portrait artist in her late 20s, with a passion for Martial Arts and Chinese culture, and is the creator of Lost Panda, a blog to China and Art. Together with her husband, a Chinese national, she writes about daily life in rural China, focusing on cultural and social differences and the joys (and sometimes difficulties) as an intercultural couple. Apart from China related topics, she publishes her artwork, photography, art material reviews and tutorials to help more people discover their creative side. She is fluent in German, English and Mandarin Chinese.

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  2. The need for VPN is a real annoyance for me at least each time when we travel to China. The biggest issue was so far that the internet connection is even slower than usual when using those but well, have to live with it somehow. Never tried Vypr so far, perhaps for the next trip. For the past couple of years I was using Freedome by F-Secure, but only because my dad has a yearly subscripton for like 50Euros and can use multiple devices with that single subscription
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