Free VPN for China: 5 Best VPNs for 2019

Free VPN’s for China – Our Top 5

What is a VPN, why do I need one, and which one is the best free VPN for China?

All of these questions, plus much more are answered below!

What is a VPN?

Click and read about How to Download a VPN when inside of China

Click and read about How to Download a VPN when inside of China

In short, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a service that conceals a user’s IP address (i.e. location) to provide private internet access and allow access to otherwise censored or restricted websites and services.

We have a whole host of blog posts relating to VPN’s including one in particular which we get asked about a lot at LTL during school days. How to download a VPN in China?

Why do I need a VPN in China?

In short – you will need a VPN service to access many of your favourite websites.

A VPN is key to access YouTube in China, as well as how you are able to use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

This is because the “Great Firewall of China” censors or blocks many of these sites.

Free or Paid VPN? Click the image and read the Pro's and Con's

Free or Paid VPN? Click the image and read the Pro’s and Con’s

Whether you’re planning a trip to China or if you’re thinking about coming to work or even take up an internship in China, downloading a VPN beforehand is a must.

Some opt for a paid VPN, however, for those in China for a shorter time, a free VPN service for use in China may be the better option.

In a nutshell – if you plan to spend more than a month in China a PAID VPN is what we’d recommend. Any shorter length of time and you should get by with a FREE VPN.

There are advantages and disadvantages of using a free VPN.

The main one being a lack of privacy when using a free VPN as your information could be sent to third parties.

A quick Google search will leave you inundated with hundreds of different kinds of VPNs – many of them already blocked by China. So how do you know which VPN’s really work in China this 2019?

Quickly before going into our list of FREE VPN’s for China here is one of our favourite paid services which you can’t go far wrong with

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Anyway, back to the freebies!

We’ve put together an ultimate list of the 5 best FREE VPNs for use in China that work in 2019: 

Free VPN China #1 – Hotspot Shield

Free VPN China #2 –

Free VPN China #3 – TunnelBear

Free VPN China #4 – Windscribe

Free VPN China #5 – Betternet

Free VPN for China

1. Hotspot shield


  •   750 MB per day

  •   US server locations

  •   Pay for more features option

  •   Browsing ✅ / Streaming ❌

This is one of the most popular VPN services used by millions of people throughout the world (over 500 million to be precise).

However, you’ll have a limited amount of data usage per day. The user interface is very easy to use and it has very fast speeds, with many extra features. We think that the limited 750mb is extremely generous.

But if you’re wanting to use it for anything else aside from social media and emails, such as streaming, you may want to look further.

NOTE – It is also important to note that this VPN only allows connections to the US. The US is a popular connection for people living and working in China but sometimes other options provide equally fast, if not faster speeds, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, mainly due to closer proximity.


Free VPN 'Hide Me', one of our top 5 best free VPNs of 2018.

  •   2GB per month

  •   3 server locations

  •   Strong Privacy Policy

  •   Speeds above average

The massive 2GB allowance per month for free compensates for the fact that there are only three servers you can access.

This, as well as the fast speeds it provides. This free VPN service also has a very good privacy policy for a free VPN which helps to keep your data secure.

Hide Me is also widely regarded to have pretty strong speeds compared to its competitors coming out above average.

Slow VPN speeds can slow you internet connection right down and if this gets you edgy, you’l want to bare that in mind!

3. TunnelBear


  •   500mb per month

  •   Worldwide server locations

  •   Options to pay extra for more services

  •   Strong Privacy Policy

TunnelBear is a very trusted VPN and if you’re worried about privacy when using a free VPN, look no further.

TunnelBear has one of the best privacy policies – however, this does come at a price with a restriction of 500mb PER MONTH.

This means that if your friends send you a few photos on Facebook messenger it could be wiped out pretty easily.

However, a big advantage is being able to access servers worldwide (apart from Australia). And there are cute bears everywhere!

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4. Windscribe


  •   10GB Per month

  •   Great for streaming due to large allowance

  •   Multiple devices (unlimited!)

  •   Live Chat Support not 24/7

10GB and unlimited devices…?! Yep, you read correctly.

This is THE VPN for those who want to watch private internet access to enjoy Netflix and stream lots of videos on Youtube or download lots of content.

The unbeatable 10GB per month for free definitely sets it apart from any other free VPN for China.

5. Betternet

free vpn for china

  •   Unlimited monthly data

  •   Great for streaming due to large allowance

  •   Only US servers (paid options available for more features)

  •   Privacy Policy openly not strong

This is the perfect free VPN for China for those who want to browse as much as they want without any data restrictions – but this comes at a price.

Betternet is very open about the fact that they keep logs.

If you’re worried about privacy – this is not the VPN for you.

However, if a lack of privacy and occasional pop-up ads don’t bother you, this is a firm choice.  

Free VPN for China – Concluding

There are many different factors to consider when picking your free VPN for China.

Ultimately however, only you know what’s important for you in terms of data allowance, privacy or speed.

Pick your VPN according to the factors important to you, whether it be speed, number of devices or privacy, and happy surfing!

NOTE – Remember, we have a strong list of great paid VPN options too which we’d recommend if you are staying in China for longer than a few weeks, here is one more really strong VPN we like a lot, you can sign up with them below:

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If you’re already in China and haven’t downloaded a VPN before arriving, it can be a bit trickier to access your favourite websites. Follow our steps for information on how to download a VPN if you’re already in China.

How to Download VPN in China – Top 5 Tips

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  • Ritika Vijayavargi Avatar Ritika Vijayavargi

    Windscribe is amazing.
    I will be trying it for sure.



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  • SweetTooth Avatar SweetTooth

    It’s illegal to use a vpn in China. If you are planning on using one at least go for a trusted company like Nordvpn or Expressvpn. I personally use Nord and I can tell you that it’s definitely what it claims to be. You pay for a top service and you get one. How can you be sure that a free vpn won’t sell out your data? Why would they offer their service for free? I want people to understand that it’s risky to be disobeying Chinas laws already, but at least be smart if you do it.

    • Max Hobbs Avatar Max Hobbs

      "You get what you pay for" - big believer in this. I use Express myself, rarely a problem encountered.

  • Benny Kany Avatar Benny Kany

    PureVPN should've been on the list. Their Alpha app for China is specially designed that works amazingly in China.

    • Max Hobbs Avatar Max Hobbs

      Good feedback Benny. PureVPN is a good VPN we can certainly vouch for that. Some good free one's on the market without doubt.

  • Naresh Avatar Naresh


  • Ted Avatar Ted

    Great article LTL

  • Lyle Avatar Lyle

    There's load to be fair, Express is the best £ for £ VPN in my eyes though. Best support and few downtimes.

  • Christian Avatar Christian

    NORD is my best

  • Marti Avatar Marti

    Nicely put together. Coming to China soon so this is just what I need. Bookmarked! :)

    • LTL Team HQ Avatar LTL Team HQ

      Delighted to hear that Marti, see you soon!!

  • Ebony Avatar Ebony

    Your blog is great, thanks for sharing!

    • LTL Team HQ Avatar LTL Team HQ

      Thanks Ebony, appreciated :)

  • Wyk Avatar Wyk

    Windscribe is not available in China

    • Max Hobbs Avatar Max Hobbs

      Actually it is but it will depend on your App Store location.

      Downloading it in China, I think might be an issue as you say, but it is certainly available.

      Thanks for your comment :)

      LTL Team