Best VPN for China Working Now (Update Summer 2018)

What’s on Weibo recommends the best VPN services for China that really work this summer – some experimentation after our recent block.

 

This article is an update after an earlier article recommending VPNs and following the recent blocking of What’s on Weibo in China.

What’s on Weibo has received offers from various VPN companies over the past weeks to try them out for our recommendation page. We’ve been testing them out from within the PRC. Most of them, unfortunately, did not work for us.

Both ExpressVPN and NordVPN are therefore still the strongest picks this summer – we’ve recommended them before.

We’ve noticed that NordVPN especially works well from smartphone (4G and wifi, author uses Samsung Galaxy) and iPad, but is less stable on laptop (author uses Macbook).

ExpressVPN is the strongest working connection from the laptop by our experience, with NordVPN being less stable than it is on smartphone and tablet devices.

Please note that we’ve been testing from Beijing and that it is possible that experiences change and connections are not the same everywhere. To stay safe, you could always opt in to buy multiple VPNs.

Here’s our picks:

 

NordVPN

Besides for its stable connections for smartphones and tablets, NordVPN‘s relatively low pricing also makes this one a favorite choice.

NordVPN has various plans, and sometimes offer the three-year plan for only $2.99 per month (f.e. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Summer Deals).

NordVPN is a well-trusted and easy-to-use VPN. From our experience, the staff is always quick in replying and very friendly. The layout of the NordVPN application is also easy to use on desktop, mobile, and tablet.

NordVPN offers 1-month plans from $11.95 or 1-year plans from $5.75 per month. To purchase or read more about NordVPN click here.

 

Express VPN

Our other recommendation is ExpressVPN, which actually calls itself the “#1 Trusted leader in VPN.” It is a reliable service with mostly steady connections depending on what location you select; ExpressVPN uses the ‘smart location’ button that helps you pick the best location to connect to from where you are.

From our recent experience, connections on a smartphone are not that stable – I personally use NordVPN on smartphone/tablet and ExpressVPN on the laptop.

ExpressVPN has excellent service and frequent updates for desktop, mobile, and tablet. They offer single month services starting from $12.95, 6-month plans from $9.99/month, and 1-year plans from $8.32/month.

The “30 Days Risk-Free” promise of ExpressVPN makes the barrier to try it out much lower. If you are not satisfied, they’ll get you your money back without any questions asked.

To read more about ExpressVPN and purchase it, check here.

By Manya Koetse

NB: This post is not a sponsored post. We only recommend the VPNs that we’ve tested and are happy with. These recommendations may, however, include an affiliate link that at absolutely no additional cost whatsoever to you allows What’s on Weibo to receive a small percentage in case you purchase the service. (Which also helps a bit to keep our site going, so it’s win-win!)

Do you think we should recommend another VPN and want to share your experiences? We’re open to try it out and add to this list – feel free to contact us.

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