Despite its size, Chengdu is only a sub-provincial city located in Western China. That means it is not at the same level as some of the bigger areas. That said, it has a population of 14.3 million people. Interestingly, it has a unique designation for a major city. It has kept virtually the same name through all of the different Chinese eras. If you plan on visiting the city, a VPN is a must while using the internet. We’ll share some reasons in a moment. First, we suggest you take a look at our list of the best VPNs for Chengdu.
As you might already know, business is booming in Chengdu. More than half of the Fortune 500 companies have branches there. Other things that attract visitors to the area include many fine arts, tea and culinary art, carefree style, party city atmosphere, festivals, and more. Whether you want to play a game of Mahjong on the streets or catch a theatre performance, you can always find something to do during any downtime.
One thing many like to do is use the internet. If you have forgotten that China is a Communist country, you will remember it quickly if you try. China’s Great Firewall is legendary around the world. That is why using a VPN to get around censorship is very important. The truth is, the government censors the Internet. Connect to a VPN server in another country to encrypt your data and unblock websites.
The next great reason to use a VPN in China is to protect your privacy. The country’s internet policy does not end at the massive firewall. Instead, the Chinese government admits they monitor all internet traffic. By using a VPN, you make it much harder for others to compromise your data or track your movements. Keep in mind though that If the Chinese government really wants your information, they won’t hesitate to use any methods available.
As you can see, using a VPN when in Chengdu or any other city in China is a must. From getting around the Great Firewall to stopping prying eyes, VPN providers have you covered. Those are the two best reasons to use one while there. You may find other uses, however, after signing up for the service. Hopefully, we have explained to you why it is important. Now, we will talk about your protocol and provider options.
With ExpressVPN, fast VPN access and MediaStreamer act as a Smart DNS service to unblock access to censored content. The VPN service will help encrypt your connection and help you get around the Great Firewall of China. There are definitely some benefits when you use a VPN in Chengdu.
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 to Chengdu and the speed came out to 119.59 Mbps. ExpressVPN was the only VPN we tested that would actually connect to the speed test server in Chendu.
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 a 30-day guarantee.
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 Asia with servers located throughout the country. Members have full access to their network in Asia and beyond for a very good price.
You will find that NordVPN has perhaps the best mix of services for the price if you subscribe to a longer term account. 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.
NordVPN hosts a number of servers in Hong Kong. From the console, clicking on the 3 horizontal dots to the right of the country, you can locate the server area and see the percentages of the servers available. We tested a server in Hong Kong and the download speed was 78.61 Mbps.
Want to access streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or BBC iPlayer from China? 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 $2.99 a month with a 3-year membership.
CyberGhost was founded in 2001 by 7 enthusiastic young team members in Bucharest, Romania. Since that time the company has grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world. The team of 50+ members is focused on protecting users privacy. Robert Knapp, co-founder and CEO, continues to lead the team even after they joined the Crossrider group in 2017. Since that time the CyberGhost network has expanded quite a bit.
CyberGhost offers a nice mix of server locations, strong encryption, and the ability to unblock popular streaming services like Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime. Some of the channels even let you unblock geo-restrictions for multiple regions. For example, you can access Amazon Prime video content in the US, Germany, or UK. The Windows client also gives you the option to surf anonymously, protect Wi-Fi, torrent anonymously, unblock basic websites (Google, Facebook Instagram, etc.), and choose a server.
Since we wanted to test a server in Los Angeles, we opened the Windows client and clicked on the “Choose My Server” option. From there you can expand any country and select a specific server. The CyberGhost network includes a number of servers in Hong Kong. We connected to one of them and tested the performance. As you can see, our download speed was 91.34 Mbps.
The CyberGhost VPN client is one of our favorites. It is very easy to use and includes a number of advanced features to help protect your online privacy. They have a development team in Germany that is continually adding features to the client and mobile apps. You can sign up for full access to the CyberGhost network from just $2.75 a month during their current promotion.
Chengdu is a large city with a great economy. However, you should not expect to find servers in this party city or anywhere else in the country. That is why you should connect to a server in Hong Kong (since it is the closest city in the area). When you do, you will find that the connections in the city are fast and should work just fine for your needs. That makes IPVanish one of the best choices to use while in Chengdu.
Along with a large footprint in the USA, IPVanish hosts servers in every continent other than Antarctica. The network has consistently been the fastest VPN in the US and Asia for our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries all over the region. You can select a specific 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. Strangely, they list servers in Hong Kong 2 different ways. Though you can find them by selecting China and then Hong Kong, you can also find a different set if you choose Hong Kong as the country. We tested an IPVanish server in Hong Kong, hkg-c10, and found the speed to be 95.19 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. Members are covered by a 7-day money back guarantee.
Private Internet Access (PIA) gives users a few different options. Unlike in the past, you no longer have to set up a profile for each VPN server. Now, you can connect to any of their server locations in 28 countries. As you can see below, the PIA team has organized their servers by region, country, and city. The server locations are listed in alphabetical order by country. Once you select a location, you can connect easily to locations in Hong Kong.
There are a lot of torrent users who love Private Internet Access. The service includes a feature that will stop your system from communicating if the connection to their service drops. Meaning if your encrypted VPN access is dropped for any reason it will keep you safe.
PIA’s Windows client is very straightforward. You won’t find much to it as far as usage and set up goes. However, you won’t want to underestimate it. PIA offers different levels of privacy protection depending on your needs. You can control encryption levels and find the right balance between privacy and speed. As you can see, our speed test showed that PIA was running at 91.07 Mbps while connected to Hong Kong.
When it comes to their Windows client the PIA team has included an Internet kill switch. The kill switch will kill your Internet connection anytime the VPN fails. That can really come in handy for those wanting to ensure anonymity in Chengdu. Private Internet Access offers VPN from just $2.50 a month.
While we think we have given you the best providers to use if you are in Chengdu, you are certainly welcome to take a look at our top 10 VPN list. You will want to make sure, however, that the one you pick has servers in the region. We made our decisions based on reliability, speed, security, and location. Finding a provider with servers that are close but not under direct Chinese rule is important. You want to get the best speeds possible no matter what you plan on doing there. All of the choices we offer have well-known and solid networks, so there are no bad choices. The hope is that this guide will help you make an educated decision based on your needs.