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Author Topic: Need advice - how to access Gmail and google Doc in China?  (Read 4869 times)

poh6702

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After a few days in China, I give an account of what happen.

Although StrongVPN works in China, it is a hair pulling experience, connection is very unstable, sometimes never be able to connect, and sometimes although connected but there is totally no traffics. Once in awhile may get connected to Google it is very slow, even on high speed hotel internet. When not in hotel and when it is trying very hard to get connection, it use up a lot of data, my $10/100MBytes get use up very fast. For sure www.strognVPN.com is also blocked in China.

Almost giving up and stress for not able to get a good connection to Google to do my business (my LOB booking is based on GoogleDoc), out of desperation, I search the net (using MSN because Google was hard to connect) and found expressVPN. Sign up and paid another USD12+, it works very well. Better still, it provides the Android software in APK file for me to install in my google phone, since I was not able to access Google playstore.

It has been working very fast and well.

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lotsa VPN in china is banned. Glad you found one that works

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This is free! https://www.tunnelbear.com/

This didn't work for me in China. My previous visit to China I came back to a $500+ roaming charge (ouch!) so this trip turned off my phone too.

Perfect getaway I had - no phone, no emails ;D
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This didn't work for me in China. My previous visit to China I came back to a $500+ roaming charge (ouch!) so this trip turned off my phone too.

Perfect getaway I had - no phone, no emails ;D
Mobile data roaming is totally difference from VPN. As long as you want to be connected on the move, you will need mobile data.

As long as you are not expecting to check E-mail and messaging on the go, you don't need mobile data, can check them when you have free internet at Hotel.  But if you want to access facebook, YouTube, google, you will need VPN, regardless you are using mobile data or free internet from hotel.

I found expressVPN works well for me last 2 weeks while I was in China. But can't guarantee when will it be blocked again.

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Actually I am using bVPN service they are using highly encrypted protocols SSH and Smoke tunnel,no censorship can detect my connection, you can check yourself https://www.vpnanswers.com/china-rattles-world-new-cyber-security-law/

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I've found that if you used data roaming (StarHub), you can access google services. The new roaming plans are pretty affordable. Alternatively, get a prepaid sim from Hong kong. That way you get service but not under the great firewall.

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I think a paid VPN is more trustworthy as there are a lot of free vpn services that are banned in china. you can use this vpn https://www.vpnanswers.com/china-tightens-internet-control-even/ to hide your IP address, encrypt your connection and speed up your internet browsing.

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Based on my last few visits to China, all these websites are accessible if I am using mobile roaming.  Yes, even Facebook. But on hotel WIFI, everything is blocked.  For data roaming, you should check out packages from your telco, there really is no reason for you to pay that much for a few days there.
So they call it a 'FACT' coz someone made some statements on a 'FACT SHEET'? hummm...

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Actually I am using bVPN service they are using highly encrypted protocols SSH and Smoke tunnel,no censorship can detect my connection, you can check yourself https://www.vpnanswers.com/china-rattles-world-new-cyber-security-law/

Just curious, what do you mean that "no censorship can detect my connection"?

From my anecdotal experience of VPNs and/or SSH tunnels, either 1) the connection is blocked entirely, or 2) it starts out okay, but the data rate gets throttled to unusable levels after just a few minutes (apparently they do DPI and throttle your connection depending on how statistically likely that the packet is for circumventing the firewall).

So, merely having your connection not blocked does not mean that you have a usable solution.