Test if a site is blocked in China



The easiest way to access censored websites in China is to use a VPN. Short for virtual private network, VPNs are subscription services that encrypt your internet traffic and route it through an intermediary server outside of China. By installing a VPN app on your computer and connecting to a server, you can bypass the Great Firewall and freely access the web.
Websites are censored in China at the behest of the government and the ruling Communist Party. Any websites or apps that undermine Party rule, or have the potential to, are typically blocked. This consists largely of western news media, social networks, and sites built on user-generated content. Other content deemed vulgar, pornographic, paranormal, obscene, or violent is also blocked. Some western websites, apps, and services are blocked in order to prevent competition with domestic, homegrown alternatives.
Comparitech maintains an updated list of VPNs that work in China here. Sometimes VPN servers get blocked, especially during times of social unrest and international conflict. That’s part of the reality of living in China, but for the most part the VPNs in that list are the best options.