54 thoughts on “Still Going Strong – China Summer 2012

  • June 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm
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    If I use a VPN on Beijing University’s wi-fi (or in the apartment they put me in), can it be detected? Can I get in trouble with anyone?

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    • June 21, 2012 at 1:02 am
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      There’s no way to get the content of your detected, and no way to get in trouble with anyone. They can see encrypted traffic, but there are many reasons to have encrypted traffic on a network. Chances are, they won’t even know what it is. They probably have a school VPN used by several departments as well. Many universities use them to allow professors access to school servers remotely. Aside from that, privacy is one major feature of VPNs, so your online activity will be undetectable on the network.

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  • July 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm
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    I’m going to China shortly for business and need access to gmail/google. Which service do YOU actually recommend for me according to the following in order:
    1) Reliable connection
    2) Speed
    3) Access to most sites
    4) Easy setup process (using Mac)

    I’m asking since you used them all before. Which one do you like the best or which one are you using right now?

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    • July 11, 2012 at 3:31 am
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      I’m currently using 12VPN. It’s what I signed up for back in the day, so I just stick with it because it works, and I get their old price. HOWEVER, I 100% recommend PandaPow. It fits all your requirements without a doubt, plus they have options for 1 month, 3 months, or 1 year. You don’t get as many server location options (only USA, UK, and Europe), but that doesn’t really matter unless you’re looking to unblock sites from a specific country. It’ll unblock all sites banned by China. The only sites that any VPN service might not be able to unblock would be ones that block ‘anonymous’ IP addresses, but there aren’t many that do this, and that has to do with the website, not the Chinese firewall.

      Give PandaPow a try, and let me know how it works. Remember, there’s a money back guarantee too, so you can get a refund if it doesn’t work out.

      ***Edit July 17 2012

      It seems that PandaPow, and even it’s mirror sites have been blocked. In light of these events, I’d suggest 12VPN or VyprVPN.

      ***Edit ‘a few weeks later’

      The PandaPow link has been updated, and they’re now accessible. I can now reinstate that first recommendation!

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  • August 17, 2012 at 2:30 am
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    Hello,Your site is very great! Nice to see you here.

    We are an experienced and rebliable VPN service provider base in Hong
    Kong. This is our website: http://www.leafy.us

    In recent years we have been providing VPN service specifically to
    Chinese-language users and now would like to provide service to
    English-languate users. We are very interested in getting our service
    added to your vpn list. Our affliate program is also available if you
    need.

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    • August 22, 2012 at 5:55 am
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      Thanks for the heads up on your service! I usually don’t allow ads in the comment spaces, but your site seems very cool and I look forward to trying it out. After I get back to China (I’m in Malaysia now) I’ll test it out and do a review to put on the main review page! I’m sure if you’ve had success with Chinese users that there is little risk of the service being blocked by the GFW.

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  • August 20, 2012 at 1:57 am
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    Hi, When you say a VPN and it’s mirrored sites have been blocked, does that mean all it’s users can’t access it? Do they refund money? How do users find out about what the mirrored sites are?

    Thanks for your help. Great site for people that are new to this game! Also do you have any info on these two:

    Witopia and hotspot shield?

    Thanks!
    David

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    • August 20, 2012 at 11:32 am
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      Hi David,

      If a website, or it’s mirror sites have been blocked, it won’t necessarily affect how the VPN itself works. If you can’t access a site, whether it’s mirrored or not, that only makes it difficult for new users to sign up for the service while IN China. It is possible to sign up while outside the country, then use the VPN connection once you get to China.

      HOWEVER

      Some services VPN servers are unable to connect while in China! For example, ibVPN has their website blocked, AND their VPN doesn’t work in China. The same with Witopia. Some users say they still use Witopia, but most say it’s slow or impossible to connect.

      12VPN, PandaPow, and StrongVPN are different though. Though their main websites are blocked, their VPN servers are configured so that you can still connect while in China.

      As for mirrored sites, these are harder to find. Of course, BestVPNinChina.com has many listed. For users who haven’t discovered my website, they may find mirror sites in the advertisement area of Google (not the normal search results). For example, when I pull up my Gmail account with my Chinese IP, I see some of StrongVPNs alternate sites in the ad area.

      Be sure to check out the reviews and stats of VPN services currently working in China on the home page.

      Hotspot shield is an interesting case – they are featured on tons of blogs as being a great way to bypass internet censorship in China. However, they’ve long been blocked, and their VPN doesn’t connect either! The problem is that Google likes to place older blog posts near the beginning of search results (they seem to have “authority” because they posted first), so many people are misled by these posts from 2009.

      Thanks for the comment and I hope I answered all your questions!

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  • August 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm
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    Wondering if you are still recommending 12VPN over Pandapow for China? Any experience with a VPN that works well with Linux? I dual boot my comp and use Linux for most things so am looking for one that works well with both OS’s.

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    • August 22, 2012 at 5:46 am
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      I personally use 12VPN, so I used to recommend 12VPN as the number one VPN in China. However, more visitors seem to prefer PandaPow because

      1. They’ve got more pricing options
      2. The design of their site looks nicer

      Server speed varies, so I can’t really say one is ALWAYS faster.

      If you’re running Linux most of the time, I would still use 12VPN. They’ve got a lot more customization options which you can see on their website, and even some options that are not listed so check with their support staff if you have any questions (especially because you’ll be running 2 OS). Because there are many advanced features, I think you’ll prefer 12VPN.

      Other users who won’t use these things may prefer the simplicity of PandaPow. I see that PandaPow doesn’t offer a Linux client, but if you’re shopping around VyprVPN is another good option for Linux users as well. Just remember that 12VPN has their main domain blocked in China, but you can access their mirror site here. VyprVPN currently has no problems with their main domain in China.

      If you have time, please stop back and let me know which service you signed up for and what your experience was!

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  • September 21, 2012 at 3:41 am
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    Thanks for all the great info. Your site is exactly what I needed. I’m going to live behind the GFW for over a year, and everyone kept recommending Witopia or StrongVPN.

    But now, I can’t decide whether to go with 12VPN or VyprVPN. Speed is more of a concern than price, since I’m really looking for something that will allow me to GoogleChat reliably. It’d be a plus if it worked with my iPhone, too, but I’m not completely unrealistic.

    I’d greatly appreciate your thoughts on this, and if whether you think it’s a good idea to have a backup VPN (just in case).

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    • September 21, 2012 at 6:52 am
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      For speed, choose VyprVPN.

      However, if you’re just looking to Google Chat, then 12VPN will do fine. This is the provider I use, and I chat without an issue. Chat doesn’t actually need that much bandwidth. You may find that the chat doesn’t load properly if you open your email then connect to the VPN, so you can either sign out/sign back in once connected or restart your browser.

      For mobile options, I think 12VPN is a better choice for users in China. They have lots of experience providing VPNs to users in China, and even have custom mobile VPN for China. PPTP and L2TP don’t always work, depending on the VPN service you use and your internet service provider, but 12VPN has a couple options for your phone that WILL work.

      You will not need a backup VPN. Once downloaded, the VPN software will be accessible even if the main site gets blocked. Actually, installing two types of VPN software from two different companies can cause some conflict and reduce your speed or cause connection issues.

      Hope this helps, and thanks for the compliments on the site!

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  • September 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm
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    Hello! I am glad I found you right before heading to China for 3 weeks.
    I wonder if you ever hear about teamviewer vpn and if it works in China. Otherwise I will just choose between 12vpn or vyprVPN
    Congrats for all the great info!

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    • September 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm
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      I have not heard of this service, but I’ll look into it! Thanks for the heads up.

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    • September 24, 2012 at 9:39 am
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      I just checked out Teamviewer, and their service offers something different than what you’ll need for China. Though it does offer remote access of a home or office computer, and a virtual private network offers a similar service of allowing you to access home/office servers securely, with VPN service, you are accessing THEIR servers, not your own.

      With the VPN services here, you just download the software they provide. Your computer will already be ready to connect to the VPN (ie have a VPN client). You just need the appropriate software specific to the provider you’ve chosen. You then access their VPN servers, in one of the many countries available.

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  • September 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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    Tks so much for the insights!
    Cheers!

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  • October 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm
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    Hi Roderick,

    For information, Vyprvpn is blocked in China for a few weeks (at least the service provided by giganews)

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    • December 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm
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      Hm. Thanks for the heads up. Actually, not everyone is having trouble with VyprVPN, so it may be your region, or your settings. If you’re having trouble connecting, I suggest you contact their support team. I’ve talked to them, and they say that they can get you set up without a problem.

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  • November 26, 2012 at 8:00 am
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    Hi Roderick,

    I can’t access my company’s vpn. I heard from other expats using big names vpn having trouble too over this October / November period. I wonder is this what you are experiencing too.

    I am thinking of signing up for another vpn, but am wondering which one on your list of best five are currently not affected by the current state of blockage. Please advice.

    Kai

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    • November 26, 2012 at 8:06 am
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      I would still recommend PandaPow. They’re listed as #1 on the home page. However, all VPN services I’ve got on the site are currently available in China, so any one will do. There have been some reports of VyprVPN being unavailable in some areas of the country, but it has not been ‘blocked’.

      Could you tell future visitors which VPN service are you using? Could you tell us if it’s the VPN that won’t connect or the website that’s been blocked?

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  • November 26, 2012 at 8:17 am
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    Thanks for your quick reply. I am not sure which vpn service. Anyway, the vpn that won’t connect.

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    • November 26, 2012 at 8:21 am
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      No problem! Glad I could help, and thanks for visiting the site.

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  • December 15, 2012 at 8:28 am
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    hi Roderick,

    Just wanted to know if your 12vpn is still working OK.
    Have been using it for 3 years, without much problem, and get great speed from the Japan or Singapore servers. But have not been able to connect since 10th December.

    sent 2 emails and just got this reply from 12vpn.

    Hi,

    The Chinese GFW blocked our servers again, we are working on the solution to get the VPN back for China users, it
    may take 3 weeks to get them back.

    On computer please use our vpn.tv service: (link),
    it may take several times to show “VPN.tv”

    On iPhone/iPad please use PPTP by following: (link),
    but please make sure to use “ord.pptp.eu” as Server.

    Best regards,
    Coco Ye

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    • December 15, 2012 at 9:11 am
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      Yeah, I’m in the same boat as you. It’s very unfortunate, but they’ve worked through this problem 2 or 3 times before, so I have faith they’ll be able to fix it again. They’re not the only service experiencing problems. VyprVPN has had some servers blocked as well – I think I received a comment from someone else saying that.

      It’s good that 12VPN has some alternatives, but it is annoying to have to download the new service.

      Thanks for the heads up, and let me know how their VPN.tv service works for you. I’ve used it before, but there are some restrictions on it. I think you aren’t allowed to stream TV from it because it’s browser based. Browser VPNs can be cool too, so let us know if you like it.

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  • December 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm
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    I have an office in China and we are using Cisco VPN to connect to the office in the US and there are problems with it.

    If I use one of the sites you recommend then still use the CISCO VPN to connect, will that fix my connection issue?

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    • December 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm
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      I doubt it, but can’t say for sure. Unfortunately, I don’t have much experience with the type of VPN you’re using. The thing is that these VPN services allow users to connect to THEIR servers, but you’re trying to connect to YOUR servers in the US. It’s worth a try though. I’ll recommend a service in just a sec.

      Another problem you’ll be facing right now is that many VPN services are experiencing problems. You can see by the previous comment that 12VPN is having issues with getting their servers blocked. I heard yesterday that Express VPN had their servers blocked in China also. I’ve received some comments about VyprVPN having problems in China also. It’s all VPNs – not just yours.

      In fact, the question is right now, if China blocks all VPN traffic, how will businesses continue to use VPN technology to protect their private data while in China? Because the data is encrypted, they can’t differentiate between a business and an individual, and can’t accurately block some traffic, but not others. It may be that in the future you have to apply for VPN use.

      Anyway, long story short, I would look into StrongVPN (see the link on the previous page for the mirror site available in China). This service is probably the biggest and most diverse one featured on the site, and though their main page is blocked in China, you can still access their service though one of the mirror sites.

      Also, you can check out PureVPN. This service actually has a “Business VPN” plan, so they might be able to help you. I’m not sure what this service entails, as I’ve never used it, but you can check out the site, and make a support ticket or open up a live support chat to get more info.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more help. Thanks for the comment, and good luck.

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  • January 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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    Hi
    I am based in fuzhou not so far from you
    I am from UK and want to watch BBC tv on my iPad
    I have VPN UK proxy server and it works but the bandwidth to china seems incredibly slow and I can only slowly download.
    In china I can watch Internet tv live no problem

    Any ideas how to get a good bandwidth ?

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    • February 20, 2013 at 6:22 am
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      Bandwidth is a problem for everyone, so I don’t expect I’ll be able to provide you with a good answer. When you say, VPN proxy server, is it a VPN, or a proxy? You might want to check what type of encryption your using. The more heavily encrypted the VPN is, the more bandwidth it requires. Check for PPTP VPN from 12VPN, PureVPN, or StrongVPN. PPTP doesn’t work in all places, and not all services provide PPTP service to China, but it’s worth a check.

      It could also have to do with the actual servers you’re signing into, ie quality of the VPN service. It’ll take a bit of your time and patience, but if you’re committed to finding a fast connection, take advantage of the 7 day trials that most services offer.

      But even after all those things, China is currently ranked as having one of the slowest internet services in the world…like, barely in front of Africa. I can’t remember where I saw the chart, but there’s one floating around Google with the averages by country.

      Thanks for stopping by the site, and I hope I helped.

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  • February 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm
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    Going to China at the end of Feb thru mid March. Are you still recommending pandapow and VyprVpn as best options?

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    • February 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm
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      Absolutely. Both are great options. Where are you going to be? I imagine the north is still pretty snowy at that time. Thanks for the comment!

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  • February 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm
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    We’ll be in Beijing and then Guangzhou…adoption trip. Thanks for your help!

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  • February 13, 2013 at 6:01 am
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    Hi, quick question. Do you think PandaPow’s SSL-based VPN is as secure/reliable for China as 12VPN or vyprvpn’s OpenVPN-based service? Is there much of a difference? (Obviously, I don’t really understand the technical details)

    I’m just wondering as I’ll be arriving in a week and it seems the Great Firewall and VPNs have been playing a cat and mouse game as of late, so I want to be prepared.

    Thanks!

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    • February 13, 2013 at 8:05 am
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      Good question. Actually, both services are OpenVPN AND SSL. You’ll sometimes see it written as OpenVPN/SSL, sometimes as OpenVPN, sometimes as SSL. Basically, a VPN has two parts, the tunnel, and the encryption, For China, the best solutions are OpenVPN (tunnel) + SSL (encryption) or SSTP (Tunnel) + SSL (encryption). SSTP is not available at many VPN services, plus it only works for Vista/Win 7/Win 8, which makes OpenVPN/SSL the most used style of VPN in China.

      To answer your question about which of the services are better? Both are great. I’ve used 12VPN for several years now and am very happy. Both are super easy to install are are effective against the GFW. However, PandaPow allows for monthly payments, and their site design is a bit more user-friendly, so they’re currently the most popular VPN on my site.

      What OS are you running? If you’re on mobile, I would be inclined to recommend 12VPN.

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  • February 14, 2013 at 4:39 am
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    Thanks for your help! I’ll primarily be using a Windows 7-based laptop, but I also have an iPhone 4S with my Chinese apps and whatnot. Last time I was there, I didn’t use the phone for the internet much but I was fortunate enough to have access to my University’s VPN on my computer, but even then I had started to do research on VPNs and your site’s been helpful all throughout the process.

    Thanks again!

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  • February 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm
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    Great advise and reviews! I’ll be going to China for a month in March, how’s Pandapow now? and will it still be a viable solution then?

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    • February 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm
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      March is only a month away, and I don’t see any political news for China on the horizon, so I think that all the services here will be fine for the foreseeable future. Yes, PandaPow is still a great choice!

      Thanks for the comment, and I hope you have a great time in China. If you’re in the West, check out Tigerleaping Gorge near Lijiang. It might be a bit tough in the rainy season, but I imagine that early March isn’t so bad. It’s my all time favorite place here.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 12:25 am
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    Good to know! It’s not easy and at time diffcult to find honest and unbias review on VPNs and I’m glad I found yours, very helpful!

    I’ll be on a busines trip to Guangdong area so I’m not sure I’ll have the time to visit Lijian but I can imagine how picturesque that place will look during rainy seaon!

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  • March 7, 2013 at 4:07 am
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    I live in China as well and I am looking for VPN. I currently use FreeGate but it does not work at school. It works at home so maybe some other restrictions are set at school.
    Because I am a student so I cannot pay the money for charged VPNs. Do you have any recommendations for free charged VPN?

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    • March 7, 2013 at 4:30 am
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      I hate to bring you bad news, but if you want a quality VPN service, you are going to have to pay. Honestly, $7 a month is cheap, even in China (18 RMB). I don’t mean to be rude, but if you can’t afford 18 RMB per month, I don’t know how you afforded to go to China to study.

      There are many free VPN services, but none that I know that actually work in China. It’s quite a battle to keep a VPN service running for Chinese users, so many services that are free (that get blocked), do not put the effort into getting their servers back online.

      That being said, you can check Hotspot Shield and Tor to see if they’re working this year, but last time I check, they weren’t.

      If you do find one, you can leave a comment here for other people looking for free services. They’re pretty hard to find, so I’m sure your research will be appreciated by others!

      Thanks for the comment.

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  • March 8, 2013 at 1:27 am
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    Hi,
    I saw your side yesterday, but I thought that I can find a good VPN service for myself.

    I never was so wrong. I tried “recommendations” from other rating sides and was disappointed.
    I subscribed for overplay and Hidemyass just to figure out that they both don’t work in China.

    On their websites the tell that the problem started in January this year when China blocked more VPN Services and that all other provider struggle as well.
    But I have a VPN connection to my university in Austria which works without any problems. But it’s slow and not unlimited.

    So now that I know better, I would like to ask you for help. Which VPN service can you recommend right now with the highest speed? Price is not important but I’m looking for a service which also has router configurations.

    Thank you in advance!

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    • March 8, 2013 at 1:55 am
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      The problem with most “VPN Recommendation Sites” is that they have a formula they follow: They just pick the VPN services that pay them the most money, then make a “top 10 list”, and put those VPN services on every list. You’ll see they have charts like “top 10 VPNs for China”, “Top 10 VPNs for Vietnam”, “Top 10 VPNs for etc etc”.

      Both VPN services you listed are good, but they don’t work in China, and these guys don’t know, or don’t care.

      So if you’re looking for a VPN service with advance router settings, I suggest 12VPN or StrongVPN. Both have their main domains blocked in China, but I have mirror site links on the my home page that you can use. Be sure to tell them that you are in China when you sign up.

      Also, those VPN services you talked to were not very honest: They have been blocked in China since 2011! The earliest trouble was March 2011, then many services came back online. There was more trouble in December 2012, but all seems to have recovered alright since then. Both 12VPN and StrongVPN have battled with the GFW and lived to tell the tale.

      BTW both are fast. I think StrongVPN is faster, but some packages are more expensive, and 12VPN’s customer service is WAY better.

      Good luck, and if you have time, come back to let us know what happened!

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  • March 8, 2013 at 2:52 am
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    Wow,

    that was a really fast answer. I just claimed my refunds from Overplay and Hidemyass. I hope they are as fast with refunds as they were with charging my credit card 🙂

    What experience do you have with VyprVPN as you claim it as the most reliable service. They also have router support and claim to be very fast.

    I really don’t want to waste any more time with VPN services that doesn’t work in China or are very slow. I just want to choose one and stay with it for the next years.

    So if you have to recommend one provider without caring about the price and just choose for speed and reliability, which one would it be?

    12VPN, StrongVPN or VyprVPN?

    If it works I will take it for granted to come back and tell you about my experience.

    Thank you

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    • March 8, 2013 at 3:56 am
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      Lol. In my experience, you will be waiting a few days for your refund to come in.

      Now that you mention VyprVPN, it’s a good choice too. Actually, if I had to choose one, I would choose VyprVPN. I didn’t mention it before because most people are turned off by their price because they only have the $20 option for users in China, and no discounts for 1 year of service. You can see from the comment above that everyone’s looking for a freebie!

      But they have a professional grade service, fast VPN servers, good customer support, and the DD-WRT router support you need. So yeah, VyprVPN for you, buddy. If you have a different router, then StrongVPN.

      BTW, you get a $5 discount every month by signing up through my site, so you are charged $15 instead of $20, ie you save $60 per year.

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  • March 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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    Through your website’s recommendation, I have signed up to Pandapow. I work very well. An expect friend in China just recommended me to witopia.net, which is cheaper. Any idea how good this is?

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    • March 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm
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      I’m glad that PandaPow worked for you! I like it too. I know of Witopia – I haven’t used it, but it has been blocked here for many years…almost three years now! I do not recommend them if you are in China.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  • March 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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    My friend in China said that Witopia is working well for them. Anyway, I will take your advise, stay on the safe path and stick on with pandapow. Thanks for your feedback.

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  • March 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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    Thank you for all the info on your website! We have been living in China for years and been using StrongVPN for most of them. But recently it hasn’t been working very well and we are not sure if it’s time to switch servers or switch companies.. I’m glad to see that you still have them listed as a recommended company, but do you have any recommendation on specific server or packages we should be subscribed to? We’re currently on their $55/month package.

    Also, my husband and I are tech junkies and between the two of us, we have 2 desktops (win 7 & win 8), 3 laptops (win7), 3 tablets (2 androids, 1 Win8), and 3 phones (2 iPhones, 1 Blackberry). Is there any service that you would recommend for people with multiple devices? It’s ideal if it allows simultaneous connections!

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    • March 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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      Sorry for the long wait, your comment got shuffled a bit. As for multiple devices, I know 12VPN allows multiple installments, but you can’t run the devices simultaneously. ibVPN has a spotty past, and it’ll depend on your location (so I don’t really recommend them), but they do have family plans. That really is the only service I know of with a multi-connection plan, so it’s too bad that they don’t have great connections in China.

      For your situation I would get two plans so you and your husband can connect at the same time, and just install the software on all of them. I doubt you’ll be able to rock a phone, tablet, and laptop at the same time! Both 12VPN and PandaPow are good choices. I think PP has a better app, but 12VPN is still a classic favorite of mine.

      To address your current StrongVPN situation, are you using OpenVPN or PPTP? If you’re on a $55 PPTP package, then that could be your problem. PPTP doesn’t have a great track record in China. I know that you need PPTP for the phones, but you may want to consider OpenVPN for your laptops, or you can even get OpenVPN for Android if you root your phone.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 4:48 am
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    Hi,

    as promised I will give you some feedback on my time with VyprVPN. In the beginning I have to say it’s very fast! I can stream youtube and BBC iPlayer without waiting. And there are a lot of servers available.
    I’ve chosen VyprVPN so that I can install it on my DD-WRT router and there is a manual on their side. You have to enter some codes and configure it all by your self, what I did. But in the end it didn’t work.
    When I asked them for support, they told me that they only support a few routers (you can see them on their website) which cost all around 100$ and more. Although all DD-WRT router work the same with OpenVPN and PPTP they refused to help me.
    The next thing was that sometimes a service like PPTP doesn’t work and I had to switch to L2TP. The next day I couldn’t use L2TP and had to use OpenVPN and so on. But I have to say that this could be also MY COMPUTER PROBLEM, as the connection with my tablet was fine.

    The non running router was a deal breaker and I switched to Astrill, which many of my colleagues use here in China. Some of them for more than 6 years. It’s cheaper than VyprVPN but not as fast. Sometimes you have to try different servers to get a fast server to stream youtube without waiting. But they provide their own program in the DD-WRT router software. It works with all routers (if you have the very latest firmware) and it has an easy to use interface. No manually entering codes just select the server from drop down list and set some other options like which sites you want to run through VPN.

    I tried also their “RouterPro” feature which costs you 10$ a month extra and should allow your router to run on higher speeds. They write on their site that OpenVPN has limited speed and they recommend this add-on for connections above 20 Mbit/s. But so far I couldn’t experience any difference between normal OpenVPN and RouterPro and I have a 28 Mbit (acc. to speedtest.net) connection.

    Let’s see how it works the next year.

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    • March 25, 2013 at 6:32 am
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      Thank you for coming back and writing a detailed response. I am very sorry that you were unable to work things out with your VyprVPN subscription – it’s what I recommended, so I feel bad that you wasted time, and that they couldn’t help you.

      I feel even worse that Astrill worked for you! I have a long-standing battle with Astrill. They refused to pay me several thousand dollars in advertising they owe me, so I always tell people to NOT use them! Oh well. At least you have now got a service that is working.

      You said one thing that I also found to be true. Everyone’s configuration is slightly different, so you may need to experiment with different services. Of course, you can try some other ones from my site as well – hopefully they are still working next year!

      Thanks again for taking the time to leave feedback. It will help future VPN users in China.

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  • June 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm
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    Hi,
    Thanks for your great website! I’m looking for a good VPN that works in China for a long time. I watch online videos a lot, and sometimes upload and download. Can you give me a top 5 list based on my requirement? I had a free software to go through the GFW, so it does not matter if their sign-up page is blocked or not. Price is not a big deal, I just want it to work reliably for streaming sites like Utube.

    Thank you!

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    • June 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm
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      I’m glad you like the site. The current list is still accurate. Depending on where you are in China, you may find that the internet speed is just not good enough to do efficient uploading/downloading. Also, sites will vary on speed. For example, I could watch Netflix fine through a VPN, but Hulu was miserable. I could download files from my Gmail account, but PirateBay was impossible. It will take some experimenting. If you will be in China for a while, it may be worth your time to try 1 month of a few different services. It will be an expensive 1st month, but the rest of your time in China you can be confident that you have the best for what you need.

      Hope this helps!

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  • October 23, 2014 at 8:56 am
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    Not sure if this can still reach you. But I just wanted to ask you about your opinion about Torguard. I have been using it for about a year now. The services were okay. For a while I can only use PPTP get to access, however, recently their services have have been rather unstable. So I actually just jumped on Pandapow and am now testing. So far, I have to say it’s much better than Torguard. I suppose I should give VyprVPN a try, but they are a bit pricey if paid monthly.

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    • December 1, 2014 at 3:52 am
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      I haven’t used Torguard…unless you are talking about Tor Project. Tor Project has always been slow. Glad to hear PP is going well for you. If it’s working, no reason to change to Vypr IMO.

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