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Top 3 VPNs for China (January/February 2018)

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How to stream that TV drama without geo restrictions, and what VPN is best to purchase for your travels? These are What’s on Weibo’s favorites.

“What VPN do you use,” is a question that we’re often asked here, especially now that services such as Whatsapp have also often become unavailable within the PRC without the use of a VPN.

Whoever is traveling to China and need to access Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, or other online tools that are essential for many – and are not accessible from within the PRC – will need to purchase a VPN.

But also for other reasons, a VPN can be a must-have tool; you want to watch that top drama, for example, but can not because of geo restrictions. Or you notice that when booking hotel rooms or flights prices fluctuate depending on from where you access the website.

Most China travelers and anyone living there will know, but if you’re not sure what a VPN is: websites detect your location due to the IP address that identifies your network connection. With a VPN you can “trick the system” by using a virtual network address located in another country.

Do note: if you access a VPN from within the PRC, it is always possible that there are interruptions and that some locations and services do not work. Having more than one VPN service installed on your devices is one way to stay safe – we’ve purchased multiple VPN services at different times and occasionally needed to shift between services to stay connected. For any reports on VPN-related news in China, please see the other pages and categories on this site – this is merely our resources & recommendations section.

These are our favorite VPNs to use – tried out in January 2018. (NB: We are transparent with our readers, and this post is not a sponsored post. Some of these recommendations may, however, include an affiliate link that at no additional cost whatsoever to you allows What’s on Weibo to receive a small percentage in case you purchase the service.)

 

1. Express VPN

ExpressVPN has since long been amongst the most well-respected go-to VPN services to use amongst expats in China. It is a reliable service with 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 experience, connections are often more stable on 4G than on a random bar wifi.)

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 is nice and makes the barrier to try it out much lower. If you are not satisfied, you’ll get your money back without any questions asked.

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

 

2. NordVPN

NordVPN is a well-trusted and easy-to-use VPN with great service. From our experiences, the people at NordVPN are always soon to reply and very friendly when it comes to any questions you might have, which is a great reassurance.

The layout of NordVPN is also very friendly, and it is easy to use on desktop, mobile, and tablet. With the ‘map’ layout, it’s easy to pick a favored location. Not all connections within the PRC are always steady, depending on locations you select – sometimes it takes some playing around before getting a stable connection, which is something most people will know when they’ve had experiences with VPNs there.

NordVPN offers 1-month plans from $11.95, 1-year plans from $5.75 per month, and 2-year plans from $3.29/month.

To purchase or read more about NordVPN click here.

 

3. VyprVPN by Golden Frog

VyprVPN / Golden Frog has since long been a big name in the world of China VPNs, with one of its main advantages being its lower price compared to its competitors. We’ve had good experiences and many name it as one of the most secure and reliable VPNs out there.

Nevertheless, as with virtually all VPNs out there, there are some complaints regarding the speed of the connection of VyprVPN – although it seems to vary per user and their wifi (and perhaps per region). It is one of the reasons why we’d always recommend taking on more than 1 service at the same time so you can switch in case connections drop on one of them.

VyprVPN really is a cheap option – it is available with 3 simultaneous connections for $9.95/month when it is billed monthly, or for $5 per month when it is billed annually.

In case you just want to try it out – VyprVPN offers customers a free testing option for three days, and now offers 3 months free on annual accounts: click here for more info. The Golden Frog site also has some interesting blog articles about China’s internet that are worth checking out; also about the latest situations regarding VPNs in China.

 

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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    2020 Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals on VPNs (Express & Nord)

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    We’ve previously recommended these VPNs on What’s on Weibo, today we show their deals for this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Black Friday is here! At What’s on Weibo, we have had good experiences with both ExpressVPN and NordVPN.

    Please take into consideration that pretty much all VPNs have occasional connection issues if used from within the PRC – it happens to the best of them. To be sure to always stay connected, you could consider purchasing multiple VPNs if using them from within the Great Firewall of China (but if that’s what you use it for and you only want one, Express VPN is your safest bet).

    We’re only highlighting these two good deals here.


    Express VPN Black Friday Deal

    This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Express VPN offers another special; three months free when you purchase the 12-month plan – which is the 15 month deal for only $6.67 per month.

    ExpressVPN, which actually calls itself the “#1 Trusted leader in VPN”, is a reliable service with mostly steady connections depending on what location you select. The app has the ‘smart location’ button that helps you pick the best location to connect to from where you are. They have friendly service and frequent updates for desktop, mobile, and tablet. Express VPN usually offers single month services starting from $12.95, 6-month plans from $9.99/month, and 1-year plans for $8.32/month, so the Black Friday deal obviously is a nice money-saving deal.

    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.

    Remember to get your Black Friday/Cyber Monday ExpressVPN discount before Tuesday – that’s when it will end.

    Click here to get the deal. To read more about ExpressVPN, check here.

     

    NordVPN Black Friday Deal

    Nord VPN has a particularly good offer this Black Friday. Now, they offer 68% off their VPN + 3 months free, including a 30-day money-back guarantee.

    Besides its basic VPN service, NordVPN also incorporates additional web security services and outstanding usability. We like the fact that they have 24/7 customer support.

    NordVPN was previously rated with 5/5 stars by VPN Mentor, and was named one of the best VPN services by PCMag, where it became the Editors’ Choice winner.

    It’s a limited-time offer only, go grab the deal here.

     

     

    NB: This post is not a sponsored post. 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.

    Featured image (modified) by Justin Lim 

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    Top Chinese Apps of 2019

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    Over the past weeks, What’s on Weibo has published a series of five articles listing the most popular Chinese apps within this period across various categories. Although these apps are mostly targeted at Chinese mobile users, some are also very useful for those studying Chinese.

    Please see our lists of popular Chinese apps in the following articles:

    1. From Study Xi to Himalaya FM: Top 5 Popular Chinese Learning & Study Apps

    2. Online Doctors and Counting Steps: Top 5 Chinese Health & Fitness Apps

    3. China’s Top Mobile Gaming Apps

    4. Top 6 of China’s Popular News Apps

    5. Top 5 of China’s Most Popular Short Video and Live Streaming Apps

     

    By  Gabi Verberg & Manya Koetse

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