Astrill VPN Alternatives for China

Here is a list of good alternatives to Astrill VPN that work well in China. Unlike Astrill VPN, which does not offer a money back guarantee for users in China, all of these VPNs for China come with a money back guarantee so you can get a full refund if you are not satisfied. WannaFlix … Read more

How to tunnel OpenVPN over Shadowsocks with ExpressVPN

How to tunnel ExpressVPN (and other VPNs) over a Shadowsocks proxy (OpenVPN over SOCKS5). Instructions for Windows and Mac. Import Update ExpressVPN ended support for OpenVPN TCP manual configurations on June 30, 2019. As it’s not possible to tunnel UDP over Shadowsocks, that means it is no longer possible to tunnel ExpressVPN over Shadowsocks. If … Read more

2020 Black Friday & Cyber Monday VPN Deals

Here are the best 2020 Black Friday / Cyber Monday VPN deals available. Take advantage of these greats deals before they are gone! ExpressVPN Black Friday Deal The Deal: Get an extra 3 months free with a 12 month subscription. Money Back Guarantee: 30 days Valid Until: December 14, 2020 NordVPN Black Friday Deal The … Read more

Best VPNs for Netflix (that REALLY still work in November 2020)

Best VPN for Netflix

Despite what you may have heard, it is still possible to unblock US Netflix from any country with high speed and reliability in 2020. I will show you step-by-step instructions to easily bypass Netflix “VPN bans” and “proxy errors” with a VPN that still works for Netflix. The top 3 Netflix VPNs were last tested … Read more

How to use DNSCrypt to prevent DNS spoofing in China

China uses DNS spoofing to block access to websites and prevent connections to VPN servers. This can be prevented by securing your DNS with DNSCrypt. What is DNS? DNS stands for Domain Name Systems. It is like a “phonebook for the internet”. When you use the internet, you do so through domain names. For example, … Read more

2019 VPN in China Blog – Real VPN speed tests

Happy New Year and welcome to the 2019 VPN in China blog page. This is the page where you can find real VPN speed test results and performance testing using top recommended VPNs for China and tips for getting the best performance when using a VPN in China. I have been testing VPNs in China … Read more

How to setup a FAST Shadowsocks server

Shadowsocks Guide: How to set up a fast SS/SSSR server

This tutorial will show you step-by-step instructions to set up your own speed optimized Shadowsocks (SS) or ShadowsocksR (SSR) server on a Ubuntu VPS. This guide includes installation of the bbr add-on for increased speed on high latency networks and how to use the clients for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Disclaimer Shadowsocks is not … Read more

Best Paid Shadowsocks Services for China

As an alternative to using a VPN in China, some people prefer to use Shadowsocks instead. One option is to make your own Shadowsocks server on a VPS. If you don’t want to make your own Shadowsocks server, another option is to use a paid Shadowsocks service. Using a paid Shadowsocks server has many advantages over making your … Read more

How to Flash the ExpressVPN Router App Firmware

Image of the ExpressVPN logo beside a router

Step-by-step instructions to flash the ExpressVPN router firmware app on a cheap Linksys EA6200/XAC1200 router available on Taobao or eBay. March 2019 Update ExpressVPN has released a new v2 router app that might offer better connectivity for users in China. If you are having trouble connecting in China, you can ask the live chat support … Read more

Does WireGuard work in China?

Wireguard in China graphic

Today I am going to test the WireGuard VPN protocol in China. WireGuard is a fairly new protocol, which is not yet offered by many VPN providers. I managed to find 3 VPN providers offering WireGuard that work in China. I will be comparing the performance of WireGuard in China using 12VPN,, and TorGuard. … Read more

2018 China VPN Blog Page

The China VPN blog page is the place where I post regular VPN speed test results from China, and share tips for finding the best servers and settings the best VPNs for China. 2019 Update For the latest VPN tests, go to the 2019 VPN in China blog page. Previous Blog Pages 2016 VPN in … Read more

US Netflix VPN in Canada: Streaming Speed Comparison Tests

Today I am in Canada and I’m going to test the Netflix streaming speeds of the top 3 VPNs for US Netflix to find out which VPN can give me the fastest streaming speed. Netflix Streaming Speeds – ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN vs StrongVPN The following test was done using a 100 Mbps internet connection in … Read more

Tips for Online Security and Privacy

Unfortunately many people think that just using a VPN is enough by itself is enough to protect their privacy and security online. Of course using a VPN is very important if you are concerned about privacy and security, but it’s not the only measure you should take. Here are some additional tips. 1. Choose your … Read more

2017 China VPN Blog Page

See this page for FAQ about using VPN in China See this page for VPN promotions, discounts, and free trials About This Page This page is a journal style blog where I just talk about whatever VPN servers are working good for me or just my random thoughts about using VPNs in China. It’s highly … Read more Review from China – May 2017 Updated

In the first half of 2016, used to be my favorite VPN for China but recently I am not really satisfied with the performance of the servers of any of the VPN servers when connecting from China Telecom. Currently, I am using ExpressVPN Hong Kong 3 / Hong Kong 4 as my main every … Read more

Does the IKEv2 VPN Protocol Work in China?

The answer is “it depends”… on the server. The iOS apps of many VPN services use the Cisco IKEv2 protocol. I have always found this protocol to perform very poorly during my testing and concluded that IKEv2 doesn’t work very well in China. I was testing the new iOS app from yesterday and discovered … Read more

2016 VPN in China Blog

See this page for FAQ about using VPN in China See this page for VPN promotions, discounts, and free trials December 18, 2016 12:15pm Sorry for the lack of updates recently, I have been very busy moving into a new apartment. I am now on my way to Canada, I had an overnight layover in … Read more

Is ExpressVPN’s hassle-free money back guarantee really hassle-free?

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 to him because they have a special unofficial unadvertised feature that enables you to … Read more