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Test The Great Firewall of China

Check any website to see in real time if it is blocked in China

FAQs on The Great Firewall Test

How does The Great Firewall test work?
The Great Firewall test (GFW test) checks to see if your favorite websites are blocked in China. It’s quick and easy to use — to test whether a website works in China, simply type or paste the URL into the search field and click the “Test” button.
What can I do if I can’t access my favorite websites in China?
The best solution is to use a powerful VPN. These tools allow you to easily bypass the Great Firewall of China and unblock just about any website or service. VPNs that haven’t been approved by the Chinese government are banned there, but a select few still work. 

Our team members in China perform tests daily to see which VPNs can bypass the Great Firewall while keeping your connection private and secure.

Insider Tip: Be sure to download and install your VPN on your computer and other devices before traveling to China — most VPN websites are blocked there so you won’t be able to download the software once you arrive. 
Why are so many websites blocked in China?
The Chinese government censors online content for political reasons. Many sites and services are blocked so local companies won’t have to worry about competition from overseas. 

The government works together with local internet service providers to block online content using advanced technologies such as URL filtering, DNS poisoning, IP blocking, and deep packet inspection. This intricate censorship system is known as The Great Firewall of China.

This means that while you’re in China, you won’t be able to access major websites and applications such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, and many more. However, a powerful VPN will give you access to the content you need while there — you can keep up with international news , your social media accounts, and use messaging apps like WhatsApp. You’ll be able to access any site that failed our Great Firewall Test with the right VPN.