Unblock China’s Internet Access - Use Facebook YouTube and Blogs

Those of you who live in China know that you aren't allowed to access some of your favorite web sites. The Golden Shield Project (Chinese: 金盾工程; pinyin: jīndùn gōngchéng), commonly known as the Great Firewall of China, is the entity responsible for blocking these sites. The escalation of the Chinese government's effort to neutralize critical online opinion came after a series of large anti-Japanese, anti-pollution and anti-corruption protests, many of which were organized or publicized using instant messaging services, chat rooms, and text messages. The size of the Internet police in China is estimated at more than 30,000.

China makes headlines every other week for its censorship of the Internet, butfew people outside the country know what it's like to live with those access controls, or how to get around them. Foreigners who visit the country should expect some headaches. Be prepared to live without Google, Twitter and your favorite daily newspapers, and to have a hard time connecting with friends back home, or even firing off an email. That's how bad it can get.

 "Connection Timed Out" is the dreaded error message when you try to visit a blocked site. It makes you think the site itself is down, but it's actually the "Great Firewall" at work, a vast censorship system that blocks access to many of the world's most popular services.

It's been especially evident in 2014. Google's services, which don't follow the strict censorship rules, are currently blocked. How long that will last is unknown, but it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests earlier this month -- an event the Chinese government wants no one to remember.

The censorship is a culture shock for foreigners visiting China for the
first time. They expect to chat with friends on Facebook or Twitter only
to find those services unavailable. Major publications like The New
York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are blocked. You need
to find alternatives for all these things.

All this censorship happens without official explanation. The Chinese government rarely mentions the topic or says why particular sites are blocked, but it's clear the authorities do everything they can to control what China's 618 million online users can access.

So it is highly recommended to use a VPN service and prepare your computer or smartphone before you arrive in China.

Preparation before you visit China: (our website can be blocked in China from time to time, but our service always works)

  • 1. Download and install the "Easy Connect" and the "YourPrivateVPN . Viscosity" application,
  • 2. Purchase an account, get username and password. Test your connection.

In China:

  • 1. Connect as a first step with the "easy connect" application. This will be the fastest connection, a PPTP connection.
  • 2. If this doesn't work, use " YourPrivateVPN - Viscosity" an OpenVPN connection
  • 3. For sensitive Information always use YourPrivateVPN - Viscosity, with a TCP connection,the safest connection. The same applies for the use in Hotel rooms.

YourPrivateVPN gives you a different IP addresses in 7 countries. With these addresses you are anonymous, your traffic is encrypted, and you are protected. Encrypted VPN privacy means that your surfing cannot be monitored in China (or anywhere else). You can surf the Internet unobserved, write emails or blogs as well as exchange data or files. All your internet traffic is protected.

Additionally, if you use Skype, you will be able to use the international version. It is a known fact that the Chinese version of Skype permits monitoring of your conversations. If you use YourPrivateVPN, the local authorities no longer know that you are making an IP call with Skype and therefore cannot block or listen to it. Your privacy on the phone is assured.