2018 China VPN Blog Page

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Note of the format - The 2018 blog page is written in chronological order (the newest content is at the bottom of the page). This is opposite to the way I did the 2016 and 2017 blogs.

February 23, 2018 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone, and welcome to the 2018 VPN in China blog page!

I had a long Christmas vacation in Canada and USA, came back for a short time, and then went to Philippines for the CNY holiday. Anyway, I'm back now, and ready to test some VPNs.

Let's see how my top 3 recommended VPN providers for China are performing.

ExpressVPN Hong Kong 3 OpenVPN UDP (via Windows app)

Wow, unbelievable speed and latency (only 16ms ping time). This is the best server you will find for connections from China Telecom, that is for sure.

And it looks like China Telecom has upgraded my upload speed from 5Mbps to 20Mbps without me doing anything. Nice.

I am also running the Hong Kong 3 server on my cheap Linksys XAC1200 router. It's working great for streaming HD YouTube through my Roku stick that I plugged into my XiaoMi Smart TV. I will sometimes change the server if I want to watch Netflix, but I've mostly just been watching YouTube since I got back.

ExpressVPN Hong Kong 3 OpenVPN UDP (via XAC1200 router)

The speed is limited by the CPU in this small router, but it's still quite good for the price of 180 CNY. Check the tutorial on this router for more info and how to buy one and set up ExpressVPN on it.

I will test 1 more server from ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN Hong Kong 4 OpenVPN UDP

Hong Kong 4 is performing quite good as well.

If you are in China and have not tried ExpressVPN yet, I highly recommend it. There is a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can try it risk-free for 30 days. I also have a special offer for 3 additional months free if you buy a 12 month subscription. Enjoy 15 months of ExpressVPN for only $99 (and you still get the 30 day money back guarantee).

Special Offer Link - 3 Bonus Months

Let's see how VPN.ac is performing these days.

VPN.ac Hong Kong 1 OpenVPN UDP

VPN.ac Taiwan OpenVPN UDP

Hong Kong 1 and Taiwan servers from VPN.ac are still performing very good.

A friend from Twitter send me a DM and suggested that I try VPN.ac Los Angeles 1. He said that it has CN2 routing, even though it's not advertised as CN2 server. I checked the trace route, and this appears to be true.

VPN.ac Los Angeles 1

The speed is not great compared to the other test results today, I still prefer my Asian servers.

VPN.ac is my second favorite VPN for China. They offer a 7 day money back guarantee so you can try it risk-free for 7 days. Use the Tips for China exclusive coupon code, and get a 25% off lifetime recurring discount (25% off initial subscription and 25% off renewal price).

I don't really have a good #3 top VPN right now, but I think VyprVPN is probably the next best one after ExpressVPN and VPN.ac. The speed is usually not great, but the service does seem to be reliable and they do offer a 3 day free trial.

VyprVPN Los Angeles OpenVPN

VyprVPN Hong Kong OpenVPN

The Hong Kong server is a little faster than the Los Angeles server, but the latency is very high (172ms). This is because the server is connected to China Telecom via USA. If you are going to use an Asian VPN server from China, then I highly recommend one with a direct connection, such as the ExpressVPN and VPN.ac servers tested today (under 20ms ping time).

That's all for now. I will try to test these same servers at night time hours soon and will put the results below.

February 23, 2018 10:00pm to 10:30pm

As promised, here is a re-testing of the same servers during peak bandwidth hours.

ExpressVPN Hong Kong 3

ExpressVPN Hong Kong 4

VPN.ac Hong Kong 1

VPN.ac Taiwan

VPN.ac Los Angeles 1

VyprVPN Los Angeles

VyprVPN Hong Kong

February 25-26, 2018

I tested ExpressVPN Hong Kong 3 at various times during the day over a 24 hour period. Here are the results.

Overall, this is the absolute best server for China Telecom connections. No question about it.

ExpressVPN Hong Kong 3 speeds from China

March 4, 2018 4:30pm to 5:00pm

Currently, there is another big government meeting in Beijing. I am expecting that VPN servers will be blocked aggressively over the next few weeks.

So far everything is working great.

ExpressVPN Hong Kong 3 OpenVPN UDP

ExpressVPN Hong Kong 4 OpenVPN UDP

VPN.ac Hong Kong 1 OpenVPN UDP

VPN.ac Taiwan OpenVPN UDP

VyprVPN Hong Kong OpenVPN UDP

I was asked to test NordVPN again because I was told their service is working better in China now. I was unable to connect to most of their servers, but eventually I was able to make a connection to the Singapore obfusicated server.

NordVPN Singapore obusicated OpenVPN UDP