Monday, January 21, 2013

How to access google, youtube, facebook and... from China

As you know it is difficult, impossible to access many websites in China.

And some of these websites are crucial for working and interacting.
For instance you might need to access youtube to look at some videos and gather some knowledge.
Or you will want to access google for some research.



The Chinese internet is used by Chinese people only
There problem with the Chinese internet is that is used only by Chinese people.

For example, it means when you use Baidu instead of google, you will find what Chinese people search. And it is still not the first source of data as China is still not the most innovative country in the world.
However when you search google, you will find datas that the world search including Chinese people!
The same goes for videos, when you search youku, instead of youtube, you will find what Chinese people search. You will of course have some foreign videos put online by Chinese people but it has its limits.

As Chinese people change fast, you now have some quality content on the Chinese internet. This is particularly true for some specialities such as photography.
Still as a foreigner in China you need to access the whole internet.


VPN
I share here some of my knowledge and the advises of my "facebook friends" (thanks you again for this).

Generalities
You can use a VPN to change your computer adress.

  • For most VPN you should pay. Some VPN are free.
  • Most VPN providers have a bandwidth limitation that isn't listed on their website - you will often have to e-mail or chat with support to confirm the bandwidth limit.
  • Chinese VPN servers may be based in HK, or other countries located in the surrounding area because they are targeted at Chinese users. Chinese users will often be visiting websites based in Mainland China, so the VPN server must be near the country to keep speeds fast. Westerners on the other hand, need a server based as close as possible to the country of origin for the web server. Browsing western websites will always load much faster through a VPN closer to the home country than to China, and also on the flipside, Chinese websites will now load very slowly because you're routing the traffic destined for the country you're currently located in to the other side of the world, then back again.
  • Third party proxies can sniff out passwords if they so choose to, that's why I only use one owned by myself. As for VPNs, this doesn't apply. VPN traffic is encrypted and it would take a significant amount of time and force to decrypt this traffic, even on the weakest authentication (PPTP). The attack PPTP is weakest against will only allow an attacker to gain access to the VPN network.


Different VPN

I am using Astrill as I believe many foreigners do. But you need to pay and it is a little expensive.
It works well.


Free and many foreigners use it

32 comments:

  1. In china, Facebook and Youtube are not allowed to access.

    But you can use VPN' to access both of them, Police and government will not take action if you don't publish anti-government articles and contents.

    You can search VPN from google or you can also use some online vpn to access youtube and facebook.

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    1. yes you are right!

      Even though vpn can be blocked from time to time: for instance during major communist party meeting.

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  2. I read about Securitales on a blog and signed up to it. I used to use hidemyass however, they are now blocked in China.

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    1. There is also strongVPN, I hear many foreigner use it. And they say it works well.

      Freegate is free and widely used.

      ExpressVPN works well I heard.

      You have many more: witopia, lastpass, breakwall VPN, switch VPN...

      And some online page where you can type a adress and access it. But it slow.

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  3. I have spent a lot of time researching this issue and I think one of the best and most stable methods is setting up your own proxy server. It sounds daunting, but it only takes 10 minutes.

    I've written a guide here http://mrjetlee.com/facebook-from-china/ and there's a video here http://youtu.be/qqlmX0ws-1s

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  7. I prefer VPN over proxy because the traffic is encrypted. I would be extremely cautious about using any public proxy. Setting up your own VPN or GoAgent is not that tricky for someone who knows a little about Linux, but if you want a few IPs (eg. US, UK), then you need to setup (and maybe pay for) 2 servers.

    I still think using a VPN is the best way to get the job done. ExpressVPN seems to be good but I have not used it. I use SenVPN (senvpn.com), it's cheaper and works like a charm.

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  9. i am very thankful to you for sharing this information because i was very worried to open facebook, twitter in china. But i found a free proxy website and in just one
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  10. I am concerned about a probable scam email from someone supposedly in Bejing, China. It is a gmail.com address. Can the Chinese people establish such an address and have daily access to it? Is there a way I can check to see if the address given in China is in fact for this person? I am in Canada. Thanks

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    1. Google is forbidden in China. So is Gmail (it belongs to google) or youtube (also Google group) or blogger (this blog).

      So if you need to access your gmail adress from China, you will need a good VPN... :-)

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    2. The adress shouldn't be a scam (except a Chinese person uses a vpn to scam you?...).

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