By: James | January 24, 2017

If you are a VPN user in China and you follow the international news, you might be expecting the police to knock on your door and take you to jail soon. You can thank the South China Morning Post for causing mass hysteria among expats in China with their irresponsible and incomplete reporting in an article titled China tightens Great Firewall by declaring unauthorised VPN services illegal published a few days ago. Now all the major international news outlets are publishing their own click-bait type headlines, often using the SCMP article as the source of their reporting. Here are a few examples.


Engadget - China just made VPNs illegal

Time - China Just Made It Even Harder to Get Around the Great Firewall

CNN - China fortifies Great Firewall ...

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By: James | July 23, 2016

My Best VPN for Netflix page is mainly focused on using a VPN or Smart DNS to watch the USA Netflix library if you are outside USA. Several website visitors have asked me recently about using a VPN to watch other countries Netflix libraries such as Canada and UK. I didn't realize there was any demand for this but I guess some people are looking for it.


I have tested my top 2 recommended VPNs for Netflix - VyprVPN and ExpressVPN.


VyprVPN does not seem to work for non-US Netflix. However ExpressVPN is working for at least Canada and UK VPN connections. However the MediaStreamer DNS only works with USA Netlfix library. If you want to watch Canadian or UK Netflix on an iPad, Apple TV, Smart TV, PS4, Roku, etc then follow the advice here.


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By: James | June 11, 2016

One of my friends signed up with ExpressVPN a few months ago. He had a very specific requirement of watching UK streaming TV and he found that ExpressVPN was not good in this regard. Their UK servers were not fast enough for reliable streaming. 


I recommended VPN.AC to him because they have a special unofficial unadvertised feature that enables you to watch geo-restricted streaming services regardless of which server location you connect to. Using VPN.AC he was able to watch UK streaming services from any server, not having to rely on the small selection of UK servers of other VPN services.


So is the money back guarantee really hassle-free? Decide for yourself, the chat transcript is shown below. It seems hassle-free to me! If you want to...

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By: James | June 11, 2016

Previously it was possible to get a free 7 day trial from Astrill if you signed up using another VPN or signed up outside of China. I previously published this page showing how you could get the free trial using another VPN. 


It looks like they have closed that loophole and no longer offer a free trials for customers in China even if you sign up while connected to another VPN. No money back guarantee either. According to their official refund policy you can only get a refund if "Astrill doesn't work on your computer due to technical reasons and Astrill technicians were not able to fix the problem within 7 days after purchase was made." You can read the full refund policy here.


The first sentence of the policy is "Astrill provi...

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By: James | May 15, 2016

As some of you may know I am currently in Canada. I didn't think I would be using any VPN services during my time here but I did find a very useful service from ExpressVPN that has allowed me to set up my Mom's Apple TV to watch USA Netflix. The Canadian version of Netflix only has 4,000 movies and TV shows but the US version has over 10,000. Of course you can use a VPN to watch USA Netflix as most providers will at least support US Netflix on a few of their servers. What is interesting about the service from ExpressVPN is that you don't need a VPN at all, it's done with their MediaStreamer DNS (aka SmartDNS). That means you can use it on devices such as Apple TV that don't have VPN settings.


Here is how I set up US Netflix on my Mom's App...

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By: James | April 01, 2016

January 9, 2017 Update


I don't know why, but it's still possible to order from iHerb tax-free if you choose SF Express for delivery and the total tax is under 50 yuan (using the old tax calculation system). I just made this order today and it's tax-free with free shipping using SF Express. It's not as easy as before to get both free shipping and no tax because the tax rates have changed. Most items are taxed at 15% now instead of 10% which means you need to make your order over $40 for free shipping but less than ~ $47 (depending on USD/CNY FOREX rate). If you have trouble getting the right items in your cart for both free shipping and tax-free then you can order over $20 and the shipping is only $4.


Here are the new tax rates for personal o...

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By: James | March 15, 2016

I decided to try the VyprVPN live chat support when all of their servers were down during the early morning hours of March 7, 2016 during the NPC meetings. The chat was completely useless and the most idiotic advice even given to me by any VPN support staff. Yes VyprVPN - the VPNs are being actively blocked by the government I'm sure that reinstalling the C++ Redistributable files will solve the problem!


I did send an email and got a more sensible reply form the email support.


Here is the transcript of my live chat.


Me: Cannot connect to anything from China right now.
Just a moment...

Sorry for the delay. We're working on getting to you as quickly as possible. If you need to run, you can contact us via email here:  Contact Support

Sorry, Frank is...

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By: James | March 14, 2016

I normally have nothing but good things to say about iHerb but I had a terrible experience with the live chat on the website. The real cause of my problem is that when shipping by China EMS you need to enter a China ID card number (身份证)for customs clearance purposes. In the end I had to cancel my order and place a new order with SF shipping but I had to remove one item that is not available to be shipped by SF Express. Check my iHerb page for more information and tips about shopping on iHerb from China.


Below is the live chat transcript from iHerb. It felt like I was talking to a bot, not a real person.


Chat transcript

Mary De Chavez Sat, 03/12/16 07:59:54 pm Asia/Hong_Kong
 
Thank you for contacting iHerb. May I have your name please?
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By: James | February 07, 2016

I recently put some instructions on this website about how to get a driver's license legally in China. When I was thinking about the process I was reminded of some of the funny questions from the written exam. I saved some of the questions that I thought were the most funny. This is not a joke, these are real questions on from the test.


1.7.2.8 The person who is addicted to drug taking and injection may apply for a motorized
vehicle driving license when he is not overwhelmed by drug addiction.
Answer: Wrong


7.1.1.1 When rescuing the injured, it is necessary to ________.
A. Save life first and treat the wounds later
B. Treat the wounds first and safe life later
C. Help the slightly wounded persons first
D. Help the seriously wounded persons later
An...

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