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How to Use Gmail in China (Despite its being blocked)


If you are going to plan a trip to mainland China, you should keep in your knowledge that Gmail is completely blocked there. It is the most famous email service used by more than 1.4 billion users from all around the world. Unfortunately, all of the Google services are banned by a sophisticated censorship filter known as “Great Firewall”. 

Once you land in China for business or other purposes and try to open your mailbox on your computer or mobile phone, it will not be connected to the server. But no need to worry, you can still use Gmail despite it is blocked in China. There are various ways that will allow to access your Gmail account and send or receive emails. Here are some ways in which you can access Gmail in China:

1-By using a free proxy such as Lantern (Android, masOS, Ubuntu, Windows)

2-By using a free VPN app such as TunnelBear (for mobile phone and computer)

3-By using a free VPN trial such as ExpressVPN (for mobile phone and computer)

4-By creating your own VPN with a VPS (required technical knowledge)

What is a VPN?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a connection method that securely tunnels web traffic and encrypts your search so that you can access the services that are blocked in China. VPN is also good to access various Netflix libraries and protects connection if you are using public Wi-Fi. 

What is a proxy?

A proxy is like a VPN but it is only compatible with a web browser. Other than web browsing traffic will not be able to detour internet censorship in mainland China. 

How to access Gmail in China by using a FREE proxy (Lantern)

Lantern is a free proxy app that can be downloaded from Google Play Store by android users. Unluckily, there is no Lantern application for iPhone users. This app is used to browse on Windows, Android, Ubuntu and masOS. 

To use the free version of the application you do not have to make an account. On launching the app, a page will be shown up that will tell you are connected with which server and how much bandwidth is left for you. 

As Lantern is just a proxy and works on your browser, so you cannot access Gmail from mobile app. You have to access Gmail website: gmail.com and login to your account for sending and receiving mails. 

How to access Gmail in China by using a FREE VPN app (will work on mobile and computer)

One of the best options to access blocked websites or apps is to use a free VPN. You can download a free VPN app for your Android system or iPhone. As Google Play Store is also blocked in China so you have to download a free VPN app before arriving in China. 

After the installation and launch of a free VPN app, you can select the location of server through which traffic will be routed. Hong Kong and the United States are suitable locations for a VPN server. By allowing and turning on your VPN, you can access the blocked websites and bypass the internet censorship in China. 

Some problems with free VPNs

Firstly, you can use a limited bandwidth of 500MB every month that is not enough if you do video streaming or image browsing. It might get enough for sending some occasional mails. Secondly, the Great Firewall is continuously evolving and can detect and block some VPN connections if your VPN is not advanced enough. Third point is that you should use a VPN app having a good reputation as various service providers make money by selling user data. 

How to use a FREE VPN trial 

If you are going to China for a short period of time, using a free VPN trial to access blocked websites will be the best option for you. You can get a 30 days free trial and can also get a refund in a specific period. ExpressVPN is the best example of free VPN trial for accessing blocked services of Google such as Gmail. 

You can easily download and install a free VPN app for trial from Google Play Store or Apple App Store. After the login to the app, the best servers for China are suggested Hong Kong and Los Angeles 5 (USA). By turning on your VPN, you can access the blocked services such as Gmail, YouTube, Facebook and other websites or apps. 

How to access Gmail in China by making your own VPN

For those people who are technically willing and prepared, they can create their own VPN to unblock Gmail in mainland China. Jigsaw, a Google affiliated company released an open source software that will help to create a VPN on a VPS. You can easily create your own free VPN, if you have VPS credits. 

It is important to note that not all VPNs work in China but most of the VPNs can help bypass internet censorship. 

Tour Packages and Lowest Fare Tickets:

Malik Express is a great platform for you if you are planning your next trip to China. You can get discounted fares of tickets, hotel bookings and visa processing and all that you need for making your trip amazing.

You can get the lowest fare tickets from us. Just do online booking and get tickets of your favorite flights sitting at your home. We always try to provide low fare tickets to our customers and also try to provide e-tickets in every situation and every time because the foundation of our company is relying on  to make the process very easy and fast for customers.

So, don’t panic just select time and choose flight in which you want to go back to your job either its domestic or international, we provide tickets to all over the Pakistan’s destinations and all around the world destinations. 

Contact Us:

If you want to contact us to know more details about tickets reservations so without any hesitation call us on this number 051-111 77 88 00. Our customer care staff is ready 24/7 to help you. 


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