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Paraxel Webinar • VPN for China-based participants

Are you based in China?

If you are located in China and do not have a VPN …

There is a possibility that access to the live stream webinar may be blocked if you are within China. Whilst you may get access into the webinar platform, the stream itself may be blocked. To get around this you will need a VPN, however many VPNs don’t work in China. And those that do work are frustratingly slow. So to ensure you can watch the live stream without impact, before it starts – we have found the below list of VPNs that may work. Please note that the quality VPNs that will work aren’t free.

If the VPN service you’re considering doesn’t offer an app for the devices you use, consider finding a different service.
Note, these are based on third party research – and we do not have any affiliation or association to these VPN network, nor do we take any responsibility for them not working. Please do your own research.


  1. NordVPN is extremely speedy, with a huge network, top-notch security and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
  2. UltraVPN Fast VPN for China at a budget price. Unblocks Netflix and other major streaming services.
  3. Surfshark Offers speed and security at a very reasonable price. No connection limits. Works well in China.
  4. ExpressVPN Consistently works in China. Fast speeds and no problems with Netflix and other blocked sites.
  5. Hotspot Shield With fast speeds, affordable pricing, and proven effectiveness in China, Hotspot Shield is a solid option for bypassing geo-restrictions.
  6. PrivateVPN Works seamlessly in China with Stealth Mode activated, allowing users to browse securely and discreetly despite the country’s strict online regulations.
  7. VyprVPN Operating its own servers, VyprVPN delivers excellent speed and uptime, ensuring a reliable connection even in restrictive regions like China.
  8. Astrill VPN While on the pricey side, Astrill can effectively bypass China’s internet restrictions. The higher cost is justified by the VPN’s reliability and performance in challenging online environments.


There are plenty of articles online if you need more information on how to set up and chose a VPN that is right for you. Here is an article to get you started – read here.


Getting Started With a VPN

Important note – This is a generic starting guide for installing a VPN. This will vary depending on the VPN you choose.

Once you’ve settled on a service, the first thing to do is download the company’s app. There’s usually a Downloads page for this on the VPN service’s website.

Some companies have one set of apps available on App Stores and another on the company website. This appears to be for compliance with restrictions imposed by app store owners. Figuring out which will work for you can be tricky, so be sure to read the company’s documentation carefully.

Once you’ve installed the apps, you’re usually prompted to enter your login information. In most cases, this is the username and password you created when you signed up for the service. Some companies use privacy-protecting login schemes that can be confusing at first. Be sure to read the instructions carefully.

Once you’re logged in, your VPN app usually connects to the VPN server closest to your current location. That’s done to provide better speeds when using the VPN, as performance degrades the farther the VPN server is from your actual location. That’s it: Your information is now being securely tunneled to the VPN server.

Some readers may balk at the idea of installing yet another app on their devices. If you have more of a DIY mentality, you can skip the app and do it the old-fashioned way. This usually involves making changes in the operating system Settings to use the VPN service’s infrastructure. Most VPN services will have documentation on how to configure your device.

That said, we discourage people from going down this path. Manual configuration means you’ll have to manually keep the server information on your computer up to date. You also won’t be able to access all of the other features provided by the VPN service that you’re already paying for. See our story on How to Set Up a VPN in Windows 11 for a deeper dive, if you’re considering this path.

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