• Most VPNs don’t work in China due to advanced censorship technologies.
  • NordVPN is one of the very few VPNs that work in China
  • NordVPN only works if you use the advanced obfuscated servers, which can be enabled in the advanced settings.
  • Some server locations are better than others for users in China

Why you need a VPN like NordVPN in China

Almost all expats and tourists coming to the China use a VPN app (virtual private network) to unblock apps and websites such as Facebook, Youtube, Google, Instagram, Whatsapp, and more.

NordVPN is one of the few VPN apps that still work in China. Unlike many more basic and cheaper VPN apps, the servers are not blocked by the VPN-blocking technology in the country. However there are a few settings that you must turn on for NordVPN to work in the country. Server location choice is also important in maintaining fast connections in China.

NordVPN Advanced Settings for China

NordVPN will not work in China unless you enable the obfuscated server lists in the advanced settings of the app. The obfuscated servers use special technologies to mask VPN connections so they do not look like typical VPN traffic. This way NordVPN can bypass the advanced internet censorship in China.

Here’s how you can get NordVPN to work in China using their obfuscated servers (Windows, Android, iOS, macOS):

  1. Open your NordVPN App
    If you don’t have NordVPN yet, you can sign up here.
  2. If using Windows or macOS go to “Advanced Settings”

    On Windows the Settings menu is at the top of the application bar. Click on it then find the “Advanced Settings” menu.

    On macOS click on the menu button on the top left corner, then the “Advanced Settings” menu button will be on the left side of the pop up
  3. In the Advanced Settings, turn ON the Obfuscated Servers option
    NordVPN does not work without this setting turned ON!



  4. Choose the right server locations
    NordVPN recommends the following servers for bypassing censorship:

    United Arab Emirates # 9-28;
    Singapore # 233-236, 240-258;
    France # 391-398;
    Japan # 254-274;
    United States # 4408-4419.
  5. Connect to your server and test

    If you are in China already, test your connection by connecting to one of the recommended servers in Step 4.
    You might need to test a couple servers before you find a good one. Make sure you add the best one to your “favourite” servers lists.


NordVPN is one of the few VPNs that work in China, but it only works with the advanced settings turned on (see guide above). The advanced obfuscation servers really work to unblock Facebook and other websites and apps in China.

If your NordVPN still doesn’t work in China after using theses settings we recommend making sure you app is up to date and then contacting customer support.

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