Best VPNs for China in 2018 (that still work despite the ban)

Update October 2018: As
many of you know, China has already cracked down on VPNs throughout the first
half of 2018 after doing so multiple times over the past couple years. Not only
that, but the Chinese government threatened to ban
all non-state sanctioned VPNs
. Obviously, that hasn’t happened (I’m
using a VPN to write this). So what’s the deal? Do the best
VPNs for China
 still work? As an expat who has spent
over a decade in China, I’d like to offer my thoughts and

What is the best VPN for China?

Sadly, FarWestChina has been unreliably accessible here
in China since 2009, blocked by the “Great Firewall” (i.e. China’s censorship).
I have no idea why it was blocked – other than the fact that I’m talking about
Xinjiang, one of the most sensitive regions in China – and there’s nothing I can
do to unblock the site. Trust me, I’ve tried everything short
of knocking on a government official’s door.

The only way I’ve been able to work on this site from
my home here in China is through what is known as a VPN,
or a Virtual Private Network

Because I have over 8 years of first-hand
experience with over 20 different VPN services, I get more than a few
emails every month from people asking me what I recommend as
the best
VPN for China in 2018
. It’s an obvious need for anybody living in
China but more and more people are realizing that online security is something
netizens in every country should consider.

I’m not trying to hard-sell anybody here…more than
anything I just want to provide some helpful information for those people
who need to get a new VPN. A few of the links here and in the video are
affiliate links which means that at
no additional cost to you I will be compensated if you purchase the
. I have continually used each of these services from my home here
in China over the past year, so I’m confident about my

When it comes to the best
VPNs for China
, I’ve given you three ways to hear my thoughts: watch
the video, check out the comparison chart or read my person reviews for each VPN

Best VPNs for China | Video Review

Click below to hear my thoughts and see each of these
best VPNs for China in action.

*Click to watch the video and then subscribe to the
FarWestChina Youtube channel

Best VPNs for China | Comparison

*Recommended VPN* Other Excellent Virtual Private
ExpressVPN NordVPN VyprVPN PureVPN
ExpressVPN, a recommended VPN for China
NordVPN a recommended VPN for China
VyprVPN Logo
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Rating: 5 stars for ExpressVPN 5 stars for NordVPN 4 stars for VyprVPN 4 stars for PureVPN
Established: 2009 2012 2009 2007
Torrent? ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Phone App?
Phone App? ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Simultaneous: 3 6 5 5
Servers 1500+ 4000+ 700+ 750+
Money Back
Guarantee ✔* ✔* ✔** ✔**
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*Both ExpressVPN and NordVPN offer generous 30-day
money back guarantees.

**VyprVPN and PureVPN offer 7-day and 14-day money back
guarantees respectively.

As I mentioned in the video above, there are
literally hundreds of
VPNs to choose from on the market and there are quite a few good ones that
didn’t make this list.

These, however, have stood the test of time (they are
all at least 5 years old), have made a specific effort to reach the China
market, all offer hundreds of servers across the globe and they all have
unlimited bandwidth.

ExpressVPN in China (Editor’s Choice + 3 Free

Try ExpressVPN, editor's choice for best VPN in ChinaExpressVPN is
my go-to VPN for China 2018. I’m a huge fan of their overall design – the
website, desktop app and mobile app are all beautiful, quick to install and easy
to use.

I always recommend ExpressVPN to
anybody I know who doesn’t consider themselves tech-savvy for a couple of

  1. It’s super
     to set up!
  2. Their software is some of the best in the
  3. They offer a no-hassle, 30-day money back

For those who desire simplicity and ease, ExpressVPN
has been a solid option here in China for the past few years. You
can check out their pricing here and
if you use this link (which is an affiliate link), they’ll give
you 3
months free on any annual plan

Click for 3 months
FREE on ExpressVPN

NordVPN in China (66% off Discount Code!)

Click to get 66% off of NordVPN, a best VPN for ChinaNordVPN has
been a surprise addition to my VPN arsenal over past year. They’ve purposefully
entered the China market and are aggressively tackling the blocking issues that
plague all the best VPNs in China.

There are a number of reasons I’ve come to like the
NordVPN software and service.

  1. The software is well-designed, both on computers &
    mobile devices.
  2. They allow 6 simultaneous connections (most VPNs give
  3. They also offer a no-nonsense, 30-day money back

In many cases, I often tell people to purchase both
ExpressVPN and NordVPN (I have both) to figure out which one works best in your
China location. Best of all, right now they’re running a special where you can
get 66% off a 2-year plan with NordVPN.

Get up to 66% off

Using VyprVPN in China (68%

VyprVPN special pricingI was turned on
to VyprVPN a
couple years ago and have been incredibly impressed with the transparency of the
company (just compare their about page with any other VPN).

Here’s what I love about VyprVPN:

  • Proprietary “Chameleon” protocol for added
  • Simple-to-use software
  • A 3-day FREE trial (but no 30-day money back

VyprVPN has been around since 2009 but their parent
company, GoldenFrog, has been around for more than a decade providing online
services. I’ve spoken at length with some of their representatives and really
like their focus on the China market, which is comforting considering how much
the Chinese internet landscape changes.

If all of this sound good to you, they have given me a
special link that will allow you to give them a try for free for 3
and then get 68% off their 2-year plan.

Click for 68% off

Using PureVPN in China

*Note: PureVPN
consistently offers some of the lowest prices. Currently you can
get two years of VPN for the price of one with
, which includes up to 5 devices connected!

PureVPN is another popular option here in
China. They boast over 1 million users world-wide and their market share in
China seems to be growing at a rapid pace.

While I wasn’t a big fan of their software at first,
thankfully they have since updated the design and it functions much better.
Their speeds are excellent and I found them to be the best in terms of streaming
– at least for me out here in western China.

What you might find useful is their “Server Selection
Tool” where you tell the software what you want to do (download, stream US
content, stream UK content, etc) and it will tell you which servers best suit
you needs.

Considering the price – which is often one of the
lowest around – PureVPN is an excellent VPN
 for the price conscious buyer.

Click for 73% off


A Look at 12VPN in China (10% Discount

Get 12VPNI’ve been
a 12VPN customer
since 2013 and in many ways it’s been my go-to VPN on my phone.
Why? It’s
simple and it just works…every time

The software isn’t flashy and they don’t have a
dedicated iPhone or Android app but setup for both was an easy download of
one file that took me all of 5 minutes.

One of the things I’ve truly appreciated about 12VPN is
their commitment to communication. I get periodic emails informing me of changes
in the VPN and changes in the Great Firewall. For example, last year one of
the submarine cables that connects Asia with North America was severed. Out of
the 10 VPNs I had running at the time, 12VPN was the only one that let me know
what was happening and why I should expect slower speeds on the Los Angeles

In addition to VPN services, 12VPN is also one of the
few companies that offers SmartDNS as part of their package. I won’t go into
details about what SmartDNS is, but suffice to say I use it
to watch Netflix on my Apple TV in
 and it is so
much faster
than connecting on a VPN.

Best of all, I have a 12VPN
Discount Code
 that you can use! Just enter FWC10 to
get 10% off your order.

Click for 10% off


VPNs to Avoid in China

Here’s the thing about the relationship between China
and VPNs – China is always making changes that affect the landscape of VPN use
within the country. If the VPN you choose doesn’t devote resources to adapt
to these changes, that spells trouble for you.

This rules out most small VPN services such
as Buffered or
all the free services such as Hotspot
. Neither seem to have the manpower or resources to play the
constant game of cat and mouse with China’s internet censors. I’ve had a
difficult time connecting to their servers from within China.

Finally, despite its popularity in China, I
personally don’t recommend Astrill
. My biggest problem was their customer support but the deal breaker
was that they require users to provide their phone number for authentication. In
China, that kind of connection between my VPN and my phone number is a big

Conclusion | Best VPN for China 2018

So that about covers it! Obviously there are plenty of
VPN services which have been left out of this list, but I stand by the fact that
if you’re coming to Asia, these are the best
VPNs for China in 2018

If you’re here in China and using a VPN, leave a
comment below to let me know what you use.




@celeron533 celeron533 released this on 13 Sep · 6 commits to master since this release


  • Fix plugin CLI argument environment variable issue (#1969 #1818)
  • Other minor bug fixes and improvements (#1978 #1968 #1993)

If you encounter any issue, please refer to https://github.com/shadowsocks/shadowsocks-windows/wiki/Troubleshooting.

如果遇到任何问题,请首先参考 https://github.com/shadowsocks/shadowsocks-windows/wiki/Troubleshooting

Info of Shadowsocks.exe

  • MD5: 7843794F488621D180495F3D480BCF02
  • SHA1: A322A9177F724C80EB930F44FEBDC37A43A4A556
  • SHA256: 69ECB7486AB01CB996E8C43D3432DA010E17C3C4B002BB1E64E580BBA15CFA96
  • SHA512: 2DB4EC5DD2D9DC9FAB08D35FBE3704B476DF63AEF34557389B4A8BB55E8E5CBE7E2AD763C27724DB15DA6146FD0A53454842193C6820CF3AFFAE67F876792FA5



@celeron533 celeron533 released this 4 days ago · 5 commits to master since this release


  • Fix auto hotkey reg issue when OS wakeup
  • Other minor bug fixes and improvements

If you encounter any issue, please refer to https://github.com/shadowsocks/shadowsocks-windows/wiki/Troubleshooting.

如果遇到任何问题,请首先参考 https://github.com/shadowsocks/shadowsocks-windows/wiki/Troubleshooting

Info of Shadowsocks.exe

  • MD5: 5EBF675DE32F720DDDDAB1911523E5B4
  • SHA1: FEF836207D48120D854D693490359C6A6AACA7A3
  • SHA256: 602EBD1B423EAB06E0698351A1003AFF16A1363476530F4A9040658DCB2A7BCF
  • SHA512: 9077436CE481720E8CA54479BDD6C87E2ADD5C686B8077B83E6FE64A030539620102777BC1FD47D12F79600F520033B3B565B4B000167CF3ACBF35686D17FB44


New Release: Tor Browser 8.0a10

by boklm | August 20, 2018

Update (8/21 7:45UTC): We got reports from users facing a weird update behavior: even after successfully applying an update to 8.0a10 the updater keeps downloading and applying updates. This is tracked in bug 27221. As a workaround, please either use a fresh 8.0a10 or go to about:config, search for 8.0a9. browser.startup.homepage_override.torbrowser.version and extensions.lastTorBrowserVersion will show up. Switch their values to 8.0a10. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tor Browser 8.0a10 is now available from the Tor Browser Project page and also from our distribution directory.

It is the second alpha release based on Firefox ESR 60 and contains a number of improvements and bug fixes. The highlights are the following features and major bug fixes:

  1. This alpha includes big changes to the user onboarding experience, and there are more to come.
  2. We included a revamped start page (special thanks to Mark and Kathy for the implementation on short notice).
  3. The meek pluggable transport should be fully functional now.
  4. We audited and enabled HTTP2 which should give performance improvements on many websites.
  5. We added another bunch of locales and ship our bundles now additionally in ca, ga-IE, id, is, and nb-NO.

For Windows users we worked around a bug in mingw-w64 which affected updates on Windows (64bit) resulting in intermittent update failures. Moreover, we finally enabled hardware acceleration for improved browser rendering performance after applying a fix for a long-standing bug, which often caused crashes on Windows systems with graphics cards, e.g. from Nvidia.

The Tor version we ship is now and it would be a good time now to report client issues, noticed with this release candidate or previous alpha releases, in case they did not get fixed so far.

Known Issues

We already collected a number of unresolved bugs since Tor Browser 8.0a9 and tagged them with our ff60-esrkeyword to keep them on our radar. The most important ones are listed below:

  1. On Windows localized builds on first start the about:tor page is not shown, rather a weird XML error is visible.
  2. Maybe related to the previous item, NoScript does not seem to work properly on Windows builds right now.
  3. We are not done yet with reviewing the network code changes between ESR52 and ESR60. While we don’t expect that proxy bypass bugs got introduced between those ESR series, we can’t rule it out yet.
  4. We disable Stylo on macOS due to reproducibility issues we need to investigate and fix. This will likely not get fixed for Tor Browser 8, as we need some baking time on our nightly/alpha channel before we are sure there are no reproducibility/stability regressions. The tentative plan is to get it ready for Tor Browser 8.5.

Note: This alpha release is the second one that gets signed with a new Tor Browser subkey, as the currently used one is about to expire. Its fingerprint is: 1107 75B5 D101 FB36 BC6C  911B EB77 4491 D9FF 06E2. We plan to use it for the stable series, too, once Tor Browser 8 gets released.

The full changelog since Tor Browser 8.0a9 is:

  • All platforms
    • Update Tor to
    • Update Torbutton to 2.0.2
      • Bug 26960: Implement new about:tor start page
      • Bug 26961: Implement new user onboarding
      • Bug 26321: Move ‘New Identity’, ‘New Circuit’ to File, hamburger menus
      • Bug 26590: Use new svg.disabled pref in security slider
      • Bug 26655: Adjust color and size of onion button
      • Bug 26500: Reposition circuit display relay icon for RTL locales
      • Bug 26409: Remove spoofed locale implementation
      • Bug 26189: Remove content-policy.js
      • Bug 27129: Add locales ca, ga, id, is, nb
      • Translations update
    • Update Tor Launcher to
      • Bug 26985: Help button icons missing
      • Bug 25509: Improve the proxy help text
      • Bug 27129: Add locales ca, ga, id, is, nb
      • Translations update
    • Update NoScript to
    • Update meek to 0.31
      • Bug 26477: Make meek extension compatible with ESR 60
    • Bug 27082: Enable a limited UITour for user onboarding
    • Bug 26961: New user onboarding
    • Bug 14952: Enable HTTP2 and AltSvc
      • Bug 25735: Tor Browser stalls while loading Facebook login page
    • Bug 17252: Enable TLS session identifiers with first-party isolation
    • Bug 26353: Prevent speculative connects that violate first-party isolation
    • Bug 24056: Use en-US strings in HTML forms if locale is spoofed to english
    • Bug 26456: HTTP .onion sites inherit previous page’s certificate information
    • Bug 26321: Move ‘New Identity’, ‘New Circuit’ to File, hamburger menus
    • Bug 26833: Backport Mozilla’s bug 1473247
    • Bug 26628: Backport Mozilla’s bug 1470156
    • Bug 26237: Clean up toolbar for ESR60-based Tor Browser
    • Bug 26519: Avoid Firefox icons in ESR60
    • Bug 26039: Load our preferences that modify extensions (fixup)
    • Bug 26515: Update Tor Browser blog post URLs
    • Bug 27129: Add locales ca, ga, id, is, nb
    • Bug 26216: Fix broken MAR file generation
    • Bug 26409: Remove spoofed locale implementation
    • Bug 26603: Remove obsolete HTTP pipelining preferences
  • Windows
    • Bug 26514: Fix intermittent updater failures on Win64 (Error 19)
    • Bug 26874: Fix UNC path restrictions failure in Tor Browser 8.0a9
    • Bug 12968: Enable HEASLR in Windows x86_64 builds
    • Bug 9145: Fix broken hardware acceleration
    • Update tbb-windows-installer to 0.4
      • Bug 26355: Update tbb-windows-installer to check for Windows7+
    • Bug 26355: Require Windows7+ for updates to Tor Browser 8
  • OS X
    • Bug 26795: Bump snowflake to 6077141f4a for bug 25600
  • Linux
    • Bug 25485: Unbreak Tor Browser on systems with newer libstdc++
    • Bug 20866: Fix OpenGL software rendering on systems with newer libstdc++
    • Bug 26951+18022: Fix execdesktop argument passing
    • Bug 26795: Bump snowflake to 6077141f4a for bug 25600
  • Build System
    • All
      • Bug 26410: Stop using old MAR format in the alpha series
      • Bug 27020: RBM build fails with runc version 1.0.1
      • Bug 26949: Use GitHub repository for STIX
      • Bug 26773: Add –verbose to the ./mach build flag for firefox
      • Bug 26569: Redirect pre-8.0a9 alpha users to a separate update directory
      • Bug 26319: Don’t package up Tor Browser in the `mach package` step
    • OS X
      • Bug 26489: Fix .app directory name in tools/dmg2mar
    • Windows
      • Bug 27152: Use mozilla/fxc2.git for the fxc2 repository


无界浏览18.04正式版 (2018年8月21日)



安卓版: 无界一点通4.5正式版(2018年6月6日)

无界一点通4.5正式版, 解决了4.4运行不稳定的问题。
sha256: 91e30a293cfb20d0e966638f7be45ab9c9e83723506541f8ab68a961e3287cf3
md5: a50ae6a24b4fb68e73ad568a3b113f90
“无界一点通”是安卓版的翻墙软件, 让您看到没有被过滤的真实讯息。适用于安卓手机/安卓机顶盒等安卓平台。
1。需要首先对手机进行设置: 按“菜单”键 –> settings(设置)–> Applications(应用程序), 钩选”Unknown sources”(未知源)。
注: 有的版本是: 按“菜单”键 –> settings(设置)–> security (安全) 里面, 钩选”Unknown sources”(未知源)。
2。将下载的um.apk文件拷贝到手机SD卡(或内置SD卡)上。如果下载的为压缩文件, 无须解压, 直接将文件扩展名 .zip 更改为 .apk 。
在安卓手机上点击um.apk文件便可安装。如与已经安装的无界一点通旧版有冲突,请先卸载旧版, 再安装新版。
3。详细说明见网址: 《网址》m.wujieliulan.com/userguide.html 《网址》
4。 注: 如果在VPN模式下使用其他浏览器(而不是无界一点通自带的浏览器),请使用其浏览器的“隐私模式”, 或退出无界一点通之后,请将浏览器的历史记录清除,否则在没有VPN的情况下无意中点击了这些历史记录,会有安全隐患。


XX-Net V 3.12.11

@SeaHOH SeaHOH released this 12 days ago · 3 commits to master since this release


What is new:

  • fix python path in start script (Mac)
  • fix gitlab backup link
  • fix path reference in enable_ipv6 script
  • fix #scan_setting anchor in web UI
  • fix close connection when an error occurs
  • fix call gae proxy api in smart router
  • avoid creating version-dependent shortcut (Win)
  • decrease dispatcher idle time


  • 修复启动脚本中的 python 路径 (Mac)
  • 修复 gitlab 备用链接
  • 修复 enable_ipv6 脚本路径引用错误
  • 修复网页 UI 中的 #scan_setting 锚点
  • 修复发生错误时未关闭代理连接
  • 修复智能代理无法正常调用 gae_proxy API
  • 避免创建依赖于版本的快捷方式 (Win)
  • 减小 dispatcher 空闲时间临界数值