Generally speaking, many people within China use VPN to access websites which they are not normally able to, such as YouTube and Facebook as well as many others. This is because the country places many heavy restrictions on internet use and what sites can be accessed.
Despite this, there are some reasons why people would want to get an IP address from China. With a population of more than 1.3 billion, China has the largest number of people of any country.
I have lived in China for 5 years, so I know quite a bit about websites in China. For example, if you try to access the Chinese version of QQ from outside China, it constantly checks your user status by asking you to type in numbers/letters.
Fengxing movie streaming? Blocked outside China. YouKu? Limited access outside China. There are also other state-run media sites that have limited availability outside China, but most people aren’t interested in that. A lot is to do with media and social sites.
There are a large number of websites that are designed not to be accessed from anywhere but within China. Getting an IP address from China allows the user to visit these websites as if he was physically in China. Consequently, users are able to bypass restrictions meant to keep foreigners out of the content.
Though China is always in the news, IP locations in China are still pretty rare. IAPS Security Store has several options for VPN servers in China. Check out their website for a full breakdown of what they offer.
Recommended VPN Services
IAPS Security Store
IAPS offers PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, and OpenVPN for China. All will work, but I would suggest more encrypted VPN connections for privacy reasons. You can see the types of accounts listed on the left side of the website (click below).
The price for all types of VPN connections are the same, but you get discounts for signing up for multi-month subscriptions. PPTP will work for all OS. L2TP is best for Android & iPhone. SSTP is for Vista, Win 7 & Win 8. OpenVPN is for Linux, Mac, Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8), and rooted Android.
Update July 2012: IPVanish adds servers in China
*IPVanish servers in China are having some issues. For the time being, please use L2TP or OpenVPN from IAPS Security Store.
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1: They own their own and maintain their own servers – absolutely no outsourcing, and
2: You get full access to 46 servers in 16 countries, including The US and The UK.
So while you may enjoy accessing Chinese sites, if you even want to privately surf the internet AND be able to access Facebook or YouTube, you can simply switch to a US, UK, or 13 other country locations (+ China = total 16 countries).
Oh, and they’ve got a very simple pricing system of $10 per month, for all VPN protocols, all countries, all the time.
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