China’s ‘Great Firewall’ is dismaying. Links to the outside world get worse and worse. When I lived in China 2002-2010, we went through periods of openness, times when typhoons downed key overseas cables, periodic targeted blocks of news outlets like BBC and NYT, and on it grew in scale to the situation today: a wide swath of the outside internet is inaccessible without VPN.
Shown in my browser, I used my VPN to load AOL Reader, then turned it off, and started opening my regular news and blog sites. “Page Cannot be Displayed” or endlessly trying to load for nearly all.
In my Shanghai Meetup, the votes for current best VPN went to ExpressVPN. China-based VPNDada, Cloudwards, and the site Best VPN, also rank ExpressVPN as tops. I have been struggling along with Witopia and need something better so will try this one next.
Some hotels connect through Hong Kong which is great if you can find ’em!