I’ve been using the WordPress blog for quite some time now, but as some of you might or might not know it is blocked in China. While a lot of blogging platforms are not, usually the biggest ones are. Of course it’s because there is no censorship here, which for anyone who lives here is just the plain old reality. Something that you get used to fast. That is of course, if your internet is in working order. But often enough there are problems, not just because of connection speeds. Circumventing the great firewall of China is pretty essential if you want anything done, the western way. It’s not just about WordPress blogging, but obvious that reading news or even accessing your favourite video stream needs can be inaccessible without “methods”.
For a long time, VPN has been the number one way to achieve all this. Nowadays, it’s just one way out of the many. While important, you need to have other methods ready for use. Shadowsocks, Spdyproxy & Cisco to name a few. PPTP you can already throw out of the window, but having the right VPN is still vitally important. Just recently the service I had been using was totally unusable and I have been looking for a new one for a week. Finally, I found ExpressVPN which has a 30 days free coupon. That is great of course for those who don’t believe me first (such as myself) and want to try things out.
As a thumb rule I could say, that you need to use the VPN connection for at least 30 days to know if it works or not. And I can finally say that, ExpressVPN has done it’s job! Cheers and greetings from Beijing, China! –Jackie