Sometimes you may need to browse the Internet with an IP address from China for unblocking sites like Youku and Tudou or testing the accessibility of your site/app. Keep reading to find out how to get one. Learn how to get a Chinese IP address.
What is a Chinese IP address?
A Chinese IP address is assigned to an ISP or hosting provider that provides Internet services in China. The most common Chinese IPs have the following format:
- 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199
- 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206
- 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168
- 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199
- 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206
Are you interested in finding more info regarding the Chinese IP blocks? Check this post.
Why would you need a Chinese IP address?
It is more common to try to get a US IP or UK IP address from China than to get a Chinese IP from another part of the World. But, there may be use cases that justify this need. For example, if you want to:
- Test if your website is blocked in China.
- Test your website or app like a user located in China.
- Unblock Youku, Tudou, Sohu, LeTV or other Chinese restricted websites.
- Check the connectivity to your servers from China.
3 Ways to get a Chinese IP address
1. Use a VPN service
The solution that I recommend in order to get such an IP is by using a VPN service. VPNs provide reliable connection, good speed and excellent security. As far as I know there are no good free VPN services that provide access to servers located in China. Thus, you should go for the premium solutions.
Here are the VPN providers that I found and that provide Chinese IP address:
- HideMyAss – Beijing (1 server), Guangdong/Shenzhen (1 server), Sichuan Sheng/Chengdu (1 server)
- ibVPN – Beijing (1 server), Shanghai (1 server)
- PureVPN – Guangdong (4 servers), Shanghai (2 servers)
2. Use Web Proxies
Another method to browse using Chinese IP address is by using a web proxy. It is free, faster to start, but not better than VPNs. Web proxies are usually slow and unreliable for browsing and streaming.
To use such a web proxy simply visit the proxy site, type in the desired URL and press the Go or Submit button. Thus, the site is loaded from the IP of the proxy not from your IP address.
One such a web proxy with Chinese IP address is Teleport. Also, you may Google for “Chinese web proxy”. If you know more feel free to share them in the comments below.
Important! Before starting to use a web proxy please read the following post: Risks of using a proxy site.
3. Manually change your IP using paid or open proxies
An alternative to web proxies are the open or paid proxies. They are more stable and usually faster. But, you may need to pay attention to your privacy. DO NOT enter your credit card details or other sensitive info while browsing using open proxies.
You may find proxies with Chinese IP addresses on Free-Proxy.cz. After you choose one you need to setup your browser to use that proxy. Take for example 220.127.116.11:80 and configure your browser to use it when you connect to the internet. [click to continue…]