Regarding social media in China

Old Jun 9th, 2020, 05:19 AM
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Regarding social media in China

Once the lockdown is uplifted I'm planning to do lots of travelling in China. But there's one thing - I'm a blogger and trying to build up my YT channel, and I will need to access social media while I'm there. I'm planning to pack a VPN but I heard it might affect the connection speeds to unusable rates, maybe someone has experience first hand regarding VPNs and their speeds in China?

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Old Jun 9th, 2020, 08:56 AM
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If you look back through the threads you'll find several discussing VPNs. The number of companies consistently able to cope with the efforts of the Chinese authorities to block them, and who feel the financial investment is worthwhile to continue to do so, is quite small, and you should worry about being able to connect at all with a VPN before worrying about speed.

My experience over several years, but not in very recent times, was that WiTopia successfully kept up, and was open to being questioned on China access before a subscription was paid. While there are annual arrangements, service can also be by the month, which suits the short-term traveller. If an account is opened for use on a computer, then that account can be used once in China for a live chat that will help you make the VPN also work on your phone.

I notice some loss of speed when using the VPN, but have always been able to use social media without difficulty. I haven't attempted, however, to stream video or to upload anything larger than text and image files.
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Suggest you inquire at Hong Kong forum site: GeoExpats dot com. Folks there are much more in tune with China and the various current difficulties with technical/online connections.
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