As of Jan 2018, ExpressVPN is the most popular VPN in China. Why it’s most recommended one?
Its most commonly used VPN among friends and family. It’s highly appreciated, as a VPN provider that can be used in China and included in overseas review sites. In fact, there are many more VPNs that are more profitable than just affiliate providers, however seem like ExpressVPN is highest.
Except ExpressVPN, there are almost no VPN providers that offer a secure connection to China over a few years.
It’s commonly used by a web designer, manager, a web marketer. Those kinds of works cannot be done without good VPN.
So far, I’ve tried a lot of VPNs but none of them was good enough.
It’s not all that much, but it’s a premium VPN that’s actually used, but it’s like comparing it with ExpressVPN. It’s a fee-charged VPN that you’ve used in practical terms.
Here are some comparisons to ExpressVPN.
Comparison target VPN provider
- 鱼摆摆, 鲨鱼, 筋斗雲, 快喵, 麦苗
- Hide My Ass!
- Astrill VPN
- Private Internet Access
- Bufferd VPN
About comparison results
As China tightens regulations since January 2017, Default OpenVPN and SoftEther are rarely connected or slow. In particular, this trend is clear, and most of the overseas VPN providers are wiped out.
There are no overseas VPN providers that are faster and more stable than Express VPN when compared with ChinaTelecom.
Even if China tightens controls, the Hong Kong servers in ExpessVPN always maintain stable ping value and communication speed.
Most of the compared VPNs were not compatible with ChinaTelecom, and there was a number of VPN that were not fast enough to connect.
ExpressVPN is an Editor’s environment (200M), averaging over 40Mbps. Is a contract of China Telecom 30M, and it is out of 5-9Mbps.
An average of China Telecom 200M with Hong-kong3 are on average.(Measurement in Aug 2017)
What’s more noteworthy is that the Ping value is a little lower than the lowest level of Ping, but ExpressVPN will always be able to connect to more than 100 ms. Except for proxies.
There was no VPN provider other than Express VPN with a Ping value of 40 Mbps on average on average and 100 ms or less.
There are a possible reasons for this speed.
Own a direct server for Chinese Internet providers
First of all, ExpressVPN is owned by the ChinaTelecom server, which is called CN2.
Local providers are bypassing several servers when connecting to the VPN server from China.
For example, the Hong Kong server of VyprVPN is like this.
If you connect from Beijing to Shanghai, you can connect to the VPN server via a route called Shanghai, California, and Hong Kong. Even if you’re using a high-speed server, you’re going to see a lot of the PING which is pretty good.
However, the ExpressVPN CN2 Server can be connected by the following routes:
It connects directly to the VPN server in Hong Kong via the local server.
Thanks to that, it achieves high speed and low Ping value.
Most of the Japanese VPN providers do not even offer an application, so it’s not a problem, but compared to other VPN providers, the Express VPN’s UI (operation screen) is easy to understand, and never has stopped running due to a bug.
ExpressVPN says that it’s designed to be available to anyone, so the app is easy to understand and easy to operate.
In particular, the iOS app offers a protocol OpenVPN, which is superior in speed, stability and safety.
This is also an interesting point; there is no application that OpenVPN can use in the iOS application provided by the above VPN provider to be compared.
NordVPN explained that it was not possible for Apple to do so because of the reasons on Apple’s side.
If you want to use OpenVPN on iOS, you’ll need to manually configure it for each server using OpenVPN Connect.
Although ExpressVPN doesn’t know how to connect to Apple, it has the advantage of being able to connect to the iOS device without using any other app from the iOS device.
In the case of China, safety is often secondary to the assumption that it will first connect to the Internet.
In this regard, ExpressVPN is a VPN provider that is relatively sensitive to safety compared to others.
Express VPN has high standards for ensuring security, which is the intrinsic purpose of VPN. When using OpenVPN, communication encryption by default provides a combination of RSA-4096, SHA-512 hash key and powerful encryption enough to AES-256.
Since this combination is a military-level encryption, it is impossible to intercept the contents during communication.
This point is quite different from proxies such as Shadowsock. Proxies cannot guarantee communication safety like Express VPN.
ExpressVPN offers its own DNS server, as well as a test server that does not have DNS leakage.
If the DNS information leaks, they will find out where you were connected, and where you accessed the site.
In comparisons providers include IPVanish, VyprVPN, NordVPN, and StrongVPN, offer their own DNS servers.
The company’s location is registered in the Virgin Islands and it is set up in a country other than 5-Eyes. This is especially important for people who use Torrent and P2P.
Providers operating in member countries cannot hide server information legally. If the VPN provider is logging it will forcefully go to the third agency if requested.
If the DNS server is made in-house, if it says other than 5-Eyes related country, there are only options like Express VPN, Nord VPN, Proxy.sh within the comparison target. (VPN provider that can be connected stably in China)
For this reason, ExpressVPN recommends that you use the best VPN provider in China right now.
However, there are disadvantages as well.
Are there any disadvantages?
Price and availability.
First of all, we’re looking at a price tag of US$ 99 per year. You will pay this amount for the 1, 3 Hong-Kong servers.
However, the fees are high among overseas VPN providers. For instance, NordVPN can be submitted at a price of US$ 79 per 2 years from the site.
The Editor has used various VPNs, but there are virtually no VPN providers that have been able to provide a secure connection in China over a few years.
VyprVPN is not stable, and VPN providers such as Hidemyass, Astrill, and PureVPN are currently not fast enough.
We guarantee a full refund within 30 days, so we recommend that you try it out ( Hong Kong1, 3, 4 servers)
Because there are 3 units available at the same time, there is nearly twice the difference compared with NordVPN.
However, compared to HMA! and other providers, 3 units are not that much.
It may be hard to share if you are planning to use it among family members and friends.
As a solution to three or more families or room sharing, it is recommended that you buy a router called Linksys and install ExpressVPN’s app.
Since the router is VPNized, it can be used at home unlimitedly, and up to three units can be used if you turn it off when you go out.
Aside from that, Linksys’s router can be purchased cheaply in China.
The Linksys router is a high-end router that can be used for over 5 years, and supports several VPN applications besides Express VPN.
ExpressVPN is the firstest VPN provider in Jan 2018.
Although the ranking has not been changed for more than a year, I would like to exchange the ranking and introduce the ranking again after some time.
In the VPNs, you can set up the setup method for each device with ease in the ExpressVPN.
* The following links can be applied without a VPN from China