Tianjin, China is the 6th most populous city in the world. It is one of the four national central cities in the country and has a population of almost 15.5 million people. The city’s location on the Yellow Sea makes it an important port and the largest coastal city in northern China. If visiting Tianjin is in your future plans, you won’t want to use the internet there without a VPN. We’ll tell you why in a moment, right after we share with you our favorite VPNs to use in Tianjin.
Sedimentation from various rivers is responsible for creating the area of land that is now Tianjin, China. In 1725, the Qing Dynasty promoted the village to a prefecture officially establishing the city. In 1856, Chinese soldiers boarded a ship called the Arrow and imprisoned its crew. Because of that, the British and French sent in gunboats to capture the forts near the city. When the British and French won the first part of the Second Opium War, the city was opened as a trading hub by using treaties.
In more modern times, the city has many industries and its economy has the second highest growth rate in the country. Some of the major businesses that have come to the city include Toyota, Samsung, Motorola, and more. Other things that attract people to the city include its strange and unique mix of twentieth-century European architecture mixed with modern monoliths, shopping, the Tianjin Eye, the Tianjin Italian Style Town, and many more. No matter what your reasons for visiting the city are, you will find plenty to do there.
With all of the tourism and travelers in the region, you can bet there are criminals waiting to steal your sensitive data. In China, you can expect there to be prying eyes everywhere you go. The Chinese government and criminals monitor everything. By connecting to a secure and encrypted server of your choice, you will make it much harder for anyone to track your movements or steal your data.
The next reason to use a VPN while in Tianjin should be obvious. However, we’ll mention the specifics. The Great Firewall of China is world famous. The super invasive blocking is known for being the harshest around the world. By connecting to a server located in a different area, you can get around the public censoring imposed by the Chinese government.
And there you have it. Those are the two best reasons to use a VPN while you are in Tianjin. However, you may discover other reasons after you sign up for service. Whether you want to protect your privacy from prying eyes or get around the oppressive firewall, using a VPN is crucial while in China. Now that you see why it is important, let’s talk about what to look for when choosing a protocol.
Since VPNs do their jobs by using encryption protocols, most providers offer many options. However, the one you will want to choose whenever possible is OpenVPN. Some providers have special protocols specifically designed for the country. If you see one of those options, they are almost always based on OpenVPN. There are others, but most consider it to be the gold standard in the community. That is because it provides a great mix of security and speed. Sometimes, you may be offered a choice between a UDP and TCP version. Whether you are planning on streaming or just web surfing while in Tianjin, the UDP version is the fastest. If you have connection issues, the TCP option is the better option. The TCP version won’t disconnect you as easily, but it is slower.
As we mentioned, Tianjin is a large city. However, don’t expect to find servers in the country from any of the providers. 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 in Hong Kong are fast and should do the job well. Their speed makes IPVanish our top choice of services to use while in Tianjin.
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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 Europe for our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries all over the region. 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, Hong Kong servers are listed in China, but different servers are listed with Hong Kong as the country. We tested an IPVanish server in Hong Kong, hkg-c18, and found the speed to be 55.06 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.
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. If you are going to visit Tianjin, ExpressVPN has some real advantages.
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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 and type in Hong Kong in the box that says “search country or city”. 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.
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.
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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 62.30 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 Tianjin. Private Internet Access offers VPN from just $2.50 a month.
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.
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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 others. 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 Hong Kong, 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 5.68 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 $3.50 a month during their current promotion.
Above, we feel we have given you the best options to use for Tianjin. However, you can feel free to take a look at our top 10 VPN list for other options. Just be sure the provider you choose has servers located in or around the region. We made our decisions are based on security, speed, reliability, and even price. We also looked for providers with servers in the same region as Tianjin. That way, you can get the best speeds possible. No matter which option you choose, you won’t go wrong. If you want to stream content, good speeds are very important. Hopefully, you can use our guide to make the best decisions.