Beijing is the capital of China and the world’s second most populous city with 21.7 million people. Its population is second only to Shanghai. The metro area houses almost 25 million people. There are many reasons to visit the region, from work to the wonderful sites of the city. If you are going to be one of them, using a VPN is crucial to do anything there. We will give you the reasons why in a moment. First, take a quick look at our list of the best VPNs for Beijing.
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The city of Beijing, China has a long history that dates back 3,000 years. The name means Northern Capital and was first applied to the city in 1403. However, it has changed names numerous times. The earliest settlement of the area dates back to Peking Man around 750,000 years ago.
In more modern times, Beijing has been called Peking, Jicheng, Zhuojun, Fanyang, Yanjing, Nanjing, and Shangjing. Things that draw people to the city include major companies (more than 10% of the Global Fortune 500 are headquartered there), museums, sports, food, historical sites, and more. As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do while in Beijing no matter what your reasons for being there are.
All of those attractions are great and at first, it is easy to forget you are in a Communist country. However, you will remember it quickly if you try using the internet there. That is why you want to use a VPN. You will run into the Great Firewall of China while in the country. If you are not familiar with it, the GFC will block you from accessing any non-government approved websites or activity. When you make a secure connection to a VPN server of your choice, you will trick the software into thinking you are somewhere else. That will help you get around the restrictions imposed by the Chinese government.
The second reason to use a VPN while in Beijing is for privacy. Using WiFi in the capital city can be perilous. Not only do you need to worry about cybercriminals, you have to worry about the government spying on you as well. With the VPN connection you made earlier, you can make it much more difficult to compromise your data. However, you will still want to use caution when using the internet there. If the Chinese government really wants your data, they will find a way to get it. That said, you do not need to make it easy for them or anyone else.
Those are the top reasons why using a VPN is important in Beijing. You may find other uses, though, when you have your account. From getting around the GFC to protecting your information from prying eyes, a VPN is crucial if you plan on using the internet there. Now that we have explained why it is important, we’ll talk about what protocols and providers to use.
Because VPNs work by using protocols to operate, there are many different choices available to the user. The best one to choose is the OpenVPN protocol. While there are others, most consider that one to be the gold standard in the community. That is because it provides a great mix of security and speed. If you are offered a choice between the UDP and TCP version, the UDP version is the fastest. If you are having connection issues, selecting the TCP option is the better choice. The TCP version won’t disconnect you as easily, but it is slower.
Though Beijing is the second most populated city in the world, it is no surprise that there are no servers located there. Instead, you’ll want to connect to a server located in Hong Kong (since it is the closest location that is still in the region). The servers located there are fast and should do the job well. Their speed makes IPVanish one of our favorite options to use while in Beijing.
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IPVanish hosts servers on every continent other than Antarctica. The network has consistently been the fastest VPN in Asia in our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries all over Asia. You can select a location or an individual server.
IPVanish hosts 19 servers in Hong Kong (the closest server in the region) and you can choose to connect to any of them. Interestingly, there are Hong Kong servers. listed in China. There are different servers you can find by using Hong Kong as a country. We tested an IPVanish server in Hong Kong, hkg-c10, and found the speed to be 60.76 Mbps.
When it comes to value IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick and more for $7.50 a month or $58.49 a year. That works out to just $4.87 a month on the annual plan. A 7-day money back guarantee covers all new members.
With ExpressVPN, fast VPN access and MediaStreamer act as a Smart DNS service to unblock access to geo-restricted content. The service will help encrypt your connection and get around the Great Firewall of China. It is not hard to see the benefits of using one while in Beijing.
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As you can see in the table above, ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. ExpressVPN network boasts hundreds of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. That includes locations like Hong Kong (since it is the closest in the region). You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and enjoy the content you are used to seeing.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city but you can not choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select a server in your chosen location. You will want to select the “All” tab, open Asia, and then open Hong Kong. At this point, you can select the servers located there. As you can see, we tested a server in Hong Kong and the speed came out to 57.33 Mbps.
While ExpressVPN is sold at a higher price point than the other services in our list, the value is high given the size of their network and service features. You can connect a computer, handheld device, router, and game console (SmartDNS) with a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with an annual subscription.
NordVPN is based in Panama which some users prefer to using a VPN company that’s actually headquartered in the United States. You will find that NordVPN has a strong presence in different parts of the world. Members have full access to their network in the region and beyond for a very good price.
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You will find that NordVPN has perhaps the best mix of services for the price if you subscribe to an account for a longer term. All users have full access to their network and custom software. You can connect using the VPN client for Windows or Mac. They also have an easy-to-use mobile app for both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad) devices.
We tested the Hong Kong speed and, as you can see by the image below, the numbers are good with a download speed of 56.13 Mbps. You should have no problem doing whatever you want to do while using a server there.
Want to access streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world? If so NordVPN is a great choice. They are one of the only VPN services that can still unblock Netflix. You can sign up for unlimited VPN and SmartDNS service from just $3.99 a month with a 2-year membership.
We feel we have already given you the best options to use while in Beijing. However, you can feel free to take a look at our top 10 VPN list. Just be sure the provider you choose has servers located in or around the area. Our decisions are based on security, speed, reliability, and price. We also looked for providers with servers in the same region as Beijing. That way, the best seeds are available to you. If you want to stream content, good speeds are very important. Because our choices have solid networks, there are no bad choices to make. Hopefully, our guide will help you make the best decision for your needs.