FlyVPN was mentioned before as being good at going into China (eg: to access iQiyi, Recent Video and Youku geo-block contents) because it has lots of servers in China (116). This is a unique feature among VPN companies. purevpn and IVacy only have a few servers in China.
FlyVPN offers 14days free trial. I tested the free servers in China and indeed it works. Speed is so-so but at least good for me to stream 1080p video.
There are other dedicated VPN to go into China, Transocks and SpeedIn are the more well-known one. Then there are other choices like SpeedCN and UfunR. All these are single purpose VPN.
FlyVPN can be an alternative solution if you are worried about the security/privacy of using Transocks/SpeedIn/etc.
FlyVPN also offers good number of servers in other regions of Asia, HK, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, etc. They also have servers in US, and then a few servers here and there but not strong.
Reviews in the Internet is bad in general. But I think the reviews miss the China/Asia focus of FlyVPN.
It is free to try out FlyVPN for 14days on the free servers (34, including quite a few China servers). https://www.flyvpn.com/
They also provide free VPN service, one hour (3 * 20 minutes) per day.
====== From FlyVPN website =====
FlyVPN provides numerous long-term free servers in a variety of countries, including the United States, China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Portugal, to name just a few. In addition to one hour of free use per day, new registered users have 14 days of unlimited use on a mobile device.
Just an update, contacted purevpn online support and the support is pretty good (first guy does not know but the second guy is precise to the point). They provided the solution for Windows and Android by providing two dedicated server IP addresses and one of them works. I will ask for iOS solution later.
Speed is so so but at least works for 720p streaming of Youku (tested with 长安十二时辰 under Windows).
Haha, now the US$11.88 is totally worth it.
That being said, not recommend others to get purevpn. Some old comments mentioned as "pureCrap" if compared to better VPNs.
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I have watched some YouTube videos by some Chinese Youtubers.
One of them is getting above 500Mbps -600Mbps download speed from SS/V2Ray servers hosted on Google Cloud VPS in HK/TW, from their home broadband of 500Mbps (which can reach 600Mbps max).
This is pretty impressive. He also tested Wireguard which gets about 100Mbps.
A few things he mentioned.
1) using software router (eg: low end x86 machine running OpenWRT based distribution) is faster than using HW router
2) client device CPU plays a part as encryption/description needs CPU power
3) VPS is of course very important. For free options Google Cloud is the best (US$300 per year free).
4) SS/V2Ray protocol is faster than Wireguard.
Take note SS/V2Ray are very popular in China because traditional VPN apps and OpenVPN servers are often blocked. Now it is said that even SS servers are easily blocked so they have to add things on top of SS to bypass GFW.
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