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What You Can Reallly Expect When You Unblock Websites In China
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What You Can Reallly Expect When You Unblock Websites In China

For expats who've been in China for a while, the topic of how to unblock sites in China isn't discussed so often. You kind of learn to live without the ones that you are blocked, or you get a VPN or proxy to unblock them. I've had a few discussions with people about what VPNs they use to unblock sites in China, and it never lasts long. It's boring, and everyone is used to the VPN they use, probably with no plans to change VPN services because what I have to say. For newbies however, it might be a bit more interesting.

The most frustrating thing that you can run into when you try to unblock sites in China with a proxy or VPN service, is slow speeds. Most services paste a big fat sign on their home page about how many satisfied customers they have, how many servers and IP addresses they can provide you with, and how they rarely come any close to using up their bandwidth (an indicator of speed). However, there is on thing that they can't battle with in China.

The Internet sucks here, and there's no way to change that. While in the west, there's people working 24/7 trying to improve the speed, quality, and user friendliness of just about everything that exists on the Internet, China is busy trying to control and restrict it. It's not a place to explore, find new things, meet people, and even improve your quality of life (Too extreme? Think of how much you can learn on YouTube if you follow the right channels) like in The West. The Internet is place to kill time in China, and that's about it.

So if you sign up for a VPN service that claims they can will connect you at super-mega-unlimited-unheard of-bionic-speeds, it might work in outside of China, but don't count on the same results inside The GFW. That's not to say that these services don't work. They unblock websites in China just like they say they do. Heck, with VPNs, you can even access restricted content for Americans and The British like Hulu, Netflix, and BBC iPlayer.

And because China limits bandwidth to certain sites to slow down traffic (called "throttling), in some cases these services might even improve your connection speeds. But most of the time, you're still going to have to wait for videos to buffer. You're still going to get DNS poisoning from time to time, you're going to have to deal with browser updates and software compatibility, language options, and a host of other annoying stuff that comes with the Internet in China.

However (and that's a big however), for most people, the experience in China is worth it. You can learn a 3,000 year old (though they say 5,000) language, eat some great food, meet some great people, and learn a bit about a culture that's different from yours while you're here. Being able to unblock sites in China shouldn't rain on your parade. If you want to get a service to unblock sites in China like YouTube, Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter, do so. For the time being, virtual private networks and proxies are still available, and easy to find with a quick Google search or through links in interesting articles you read about the Internet in China.


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