Those of you who’ve travelled to China in the past have more than likely experienced the effects of the Great Firewall – a controlled censoring of the internet which blocks a number of websites and services popular in the western world. The best VPN (Virtual Private Network) services can help you with this.
Whether you’re there on business or vacation, having the likes of Instagram, Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp blocked means you won’t be able to keep in touch with family and friends back home. With streaming services like Netflix blocked too, you may find yourself more than a little bored in your hotel room.
With this in mind, setting up a virtual private network (VPN) is a no-brainer for those travelling to China, as it’ll unblock all the sites you need to get your fix. The use of a VPN is, as expected, not exactly kosher, so we’re not condoning it ourselves. We have, however, rounded up five of the best options, if you decide to explore your choices.
How does a China VPN get me access?
A VPN diverts your signal through another server, often in another country, using a different IP address. This means that you can appear to be anywhere else in the world, anonymously, helping protect your identity while unblocking content that’s not allowed in your physical location.
In practical terms, this means that you can access services such as Netflix and Twitter in China, without any pesky error pages getting in the way.
Here are five of the best VPN services recommended for use in China.